Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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“Science is my territory, but science fiction is the landscape of my dreams.”

— Freeman Dyson, Imagined Worlds

At some point, every science fiction and fantasy story must challenge the reader’s experience and learning. That’s much of the reason why the genre is so open to experimentation and innovation that other genres reject–strangeness is our bread and butter. Spread it thick or slice it thin, it’s still our staff of life.

— Orson Scott Card

I would rather never make a penny on book sales and know that many had derived some fair pleasure from my writing, than to know that very few had ever taken a chance on my work. I certainly won’t last forever, but I’d love to think that my imagination will continue to surface in the minds of others.

— Eric Diehl

Science fiction is essentially a kind of fiction in which people learn more about how to live in the real world, visiting imaginary worlds unlike our own, in order to investigate by way of pleasurable thought-experiments how things might be done differently.

— Brian Stableford, GOH speech, ConFuse 91

By and large, the kind of science fiction which makes tomorrow’s headlines as near as this morning’s coffee has enlarged popular awareness of the modern, miraculous world of science we live in. It has helped generations of young people feel at age with a changing world.

— Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Door Through Space

…science fiction is something that could happen – but usually you wouldn’t want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen – though often you only wish that it could.

— Arthur C. Clarke

I am constantly amazed by how much stranger science is than science fiction.

— Marcus Chown, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

I am chaos in this ordered society, the flaw in a carefully wrought plan. I am turbulence in the queen’s eternal river.

— Eugie Foster, Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” is locked

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.

— Carl Sagan

All worlds of fiction are alternative realities.

— Hal Duncan

Science fiction is, after all, the art of extrapolation.

— Michael Dirda

The most romantic creation to have come out of regret is time-travel.

— Preeti Bhonsle