I remember the day I finished "War and Peace, and that ecstatic hypnosis, induced only by brilliant novels, rested upon me like every spiritual and physical pleasure imaginable.
If I had the gift to write science fiction, I'd write one long series about the same story arc, so that my readers could stay in my universe for decades. Perhaps I like Strangers and Brothers, the CP Snow 11 novel cycle, because one feels one has lived a life in its reading. The Snow novel Corridors of Power is about a Prime Minister who sacrifices his career on the altar of principled nuclear disarmament. How I wish we had more principled sacrifices in this time. I wish I had a high quality incense handy tonight, because I would let it waft from the little wooden
holder, until the smoke and my consciousness somehow merged.