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L. E. Modesitt Jr.
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L. E. Modesitt Jr.   L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is the bestselling author of nearly 60 novels encompassing both science fiction and fantasy, including books in The Saga of Recluce, Spellsong Cycle, The Corean Chronicles, and The Imager Portfolio series. The Magic of Recluce was a British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee. Mr. Modesitt graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and served as a U.S. Navy pilot.

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This episode originally aired on 01/14/2010 with the following authors:
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Matthew Peterson: So here’s the bonus question. Like in the Imager Portfolio, if you had a power to change something in the world, what would it be and why?

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.: You know something, I think I’d defer.

Matthew Peterson: Defer. [laughs]

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.: The problem with powers is that everything has incredible consequences. And when you impose your will through a power on other people, the unforeseen consequences are going to be disastrous. I wouldn’t even pretend to try to guess what they would be.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah.

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.: Consequently, I wouldn’t even try to change the world. I might change a little bit of my life to make things a little happier [laughs] or a little less of a strain upon occasion. But I don’t think I would want to go out there and try and change the world.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah.

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.: Most disasters have been caused by people who wanted, with all good intentions, to change the world.

Matthew Peterson: Well, I like what you said: if we wanted to change the world, we can start out with ourselves. Change ourselves, make ourselves better and better citizens, better people.

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