Prime Time: An unsavory character from a daymare
"The Language of the Night", by Ursula LeGuin, (Putnam, 1979), unlike her novels and short stories, comprises essays about writing science fiction and fantasy. In it, LeGuin notes that authors often encounter a character in their minds, perhaps in a dream, whom they then feel compelled to write about. She first ran into Shevek that way, and he turned out to be the "temporal physicist" who was protagonist of her masterpiece, "The Dispossessed."
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