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Ebola is a nasty disease to get. It's scary. But as a weapon, it is probably not likely. Ebola is a difficult malady to weaponize and deliver efficiently.
Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
Helicopters don't fly, they vibrate so badly the ground rejects them.
I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?
Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.
Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us.
There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.
The human condition today is better than it's ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.
The role of fiction is supposed to be divorced from the role of reality.
Before, it was always, 'Oh, no, here comes Clancy, that insurance agent.' Now it's, 'Oh, here comes Tom Clancy, bestselling author.' But I'm still the same basic middle-class slob.
I think about the characters I've created and then I sit down and start typing and see what they will do. There's a lot of subconscious thought that goes on. It amazes me to find out, a few chapters later, why I put someone in a certain place when I did. It's spooky.
When I was doing 'Executive Orders,' I talked about Ebola to people who know about infectious diseases and their use as weapons of war, and guys told me that these weapons are more psychological than physical.
Success will ruin your life.
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