Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction

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Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuristic or other-worldly setting, stir in an imaginative plot and fascinating characters, and a science fiction novel emerges from the cosmic mix.

— Yvonne Coleman

If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, science fiction writers are its court jesters. We are Wise Fools who can leap, caper, utter prophecies, and scratch ourselves in public. We can play with Big Ideas because the garish motley of our pulp origins make us seem harmless.

— Bruce Sterling, Burning Chrome

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.

— Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“Sometimes people say that we’re living in the future, and time’s up for science fiction, but I think that never will be, because science fiction really isn’t about the future. It’s about change and present-day concerns”

— Stephen Baxter

“Fiction is the evidence that reality exists”

— Max W. Miller

“I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.”

— Octavia E. Butler

Science Fiction is literature about the future, telling stories of the marvels we hope to see–or for our descendants to see–tomorrow, in the next century, or in the limitless duration of time.

— Terry Carr

“Science fiction deals with improbable possibilities, fantasy with plausible impossibilities.”

— Miriam Allen de Ford

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

— Michael Dirda

“Books are keys that open many doors”

— James Rollins

Science fiction is the arena of the not-yet, and every science fiction story has this element of not-yet-ness… usually a bit of technology or a scientific discovery that we don’t know about in the real world of the present but that might be a possibility in the future.

— Welch Everman

“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