I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me.
When state and religion are one, religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power.
The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly.
I was pretty much grown-up by the time I attended school in Britain - or as grown-up as I'll ever get.
Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science.
An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute, but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table.
Genre labels are useful only insofar as they help you find an audience.
Working within the limitations of the shared world generally made the writing easier, because I didn't have to invent any of the characters or background, which is usually the hardest part.
I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available to the reading public at a reasonable price.
Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one.
Some of my ideas were shot down by Lucasfilm because they stepped on territory that has been reserved for the movies. I didn't have a problem with that.
Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write, and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can.
I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again.
The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising and community by participating in the community you can become an advertisement for yourself.
If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own, the result can be more than the sum of its authors.