Laeta Kalogridis Quotes.
The world that we live in isn’t uniform-looking, and the future that we’re headed toward isn’t uniform-looking.
Don’t worry about what happens when things go wrong; just accept that they’re going to, and figure out how do you want to cope with it when it does.
When I was a kid, my grandparents were Greek immigrants on my father’s side. My grandfather used to read me Greek myths, in which there are a great many goddesses and stories of strong women. And I was entranced by them. Then I started reading science fiction very young, and I loved it.
The essential nature of all filmed entertainment is that you area always straddling the line of whether or not you can realize something that you want to do.
All of us in the modern world are constructing our identities, largely through social media, for a larger audience.
‘Altered Carbon’ is one of the most seminal pieces of post-cyberpunk hard science fiction out there – a dark, complex noir story that challenges our ideas of what it means to be human when all information becomes encodable, including the human mind.
There are certain expectations placed on writers if other people have put a value on their gender. I’m aware of the hundreds of tiny differences that happen when people are seeing your gender before they see something else.
I don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out, ‘Gosh, I wonder how guys feel,’ because most every piece of art I look at invites me into that experience.
Honestly, I would never say, ‘Oh, I’ve decided not to read ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ because I’ve seen ‘Blade Runner.’ I’ve decided not to read ‘Neuromancer’ because I’ve seen ‘Blade Runner.”
It’s always fair to criticize, to question, to engage about things like whitewashing and violence against women and choices of lack of diversity. All those things are really, really a good thing to talk about.
All the science fiction I loved as a kid was holding up a mirror to society and warning us about the need for course correction.
To be a working writer is the holy grail, where you don’t have three other jobs on top of that.
This kind of art – the dystopic future kind of art – is designed to make you uncomfortable.
There was a brief period in college where I flirted with the idea of becoming a lawyer because my father was one. But I was cured of it rather swiftly.
Violence in drama is an external contextualization of internal conflicts.
The range of my interests in science fiction – it really does run a gamut.
Like a lot of people, I sold my first script in graduate school at UCLA, a ‘Joan of Arc’ for producer Joel Silver.
I’ve taken a number of creative leaps, and some of them worked, and some of them didn’t, but I don’t regret any of them because you can’t possibly get to the ones that work without the ones that don’t.
On one hand, my gender has never been an issue. The issue has always been what’s on the page. But the reality is, an awful lot of women fought an awful lot of battles to get me to that place.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is not a book or show advocating enslaving women or creating a theocracy. It’s not glorifying that. It’s talking about what happens if that happens.
Iconic jobs are interesting to deconstruct through therapy.
I just never count on anything. You can’t.
Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin were the biggest inspirations for my work because they trod into areas considered to be owned by male writers and created these worlds that are infused with an understanding of so much more than just technology.
For years, I have been inspired by the inventive and masterful storytelling of the ‘SAO’ franchise. I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to work with such talented partners to bring this cutting-edge yet timeless story to a new format at Skydance.