If you ask me how to shine in the science-fiction line as a pro of luster bright,
I say, practice up the lingo of the sciences, by jingo (never mind if not quite right).
You must talk of Space and Galaxies and tesseractic fallacies in slick and mystic style,
Though the fans won’t understand it, they will all the same demand it with a softly hopeful smile.
And all the fans will say, As you walk your spatial way,
If that young man indulges in flights through all the Galaxy,
Why, what a most imaginative type of man that type of man must be.
So success is not a mystery, just brush up on your history, and borrow day by day.
Take an Empire that was Roman and you’ll find it is at home in all the starry Milky Way.
With a drive that’s hyper-spatial, through the parsecs you will race, you’ll find that plotting is a breeze,
From Earth is Room Enough
The Foundation of S.F Success by Isaac Asimov
(with apologies to W. S. gilbert)
Copyright © 1954