Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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Write me a creature that thinks as well as a man or better than a man, but not like a man.

— John W. Campbell

Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyze yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.

— Octavia E. Butler

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 for real, space opera is for fun.

— Brian W. Aldiss

It’s a point that science fiction makes constantly: the future belongs to us — whatever it is. We make it, our actions shape tomorrow. We have the brains and guts to build paradise (or at least try). Tragedy is when we fail, and the greatest crime of all is when we fail even to try.
Thus science fiction stands as a bridge between science and art, between the engineers of technology and the poets of humanity.

— Ben Bova

“One of the things I’ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you’d never have thought about before.”

— Jo Walton, Among Others

A better generic term would be ‘future fairy tales’. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.

— Philip José Farmer

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

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

— Douglas Adams

Expand your world. (Stories about wizards and spells) are very frequently about power relationships…

— Margaret Atwood

Science fiction encourages us to explore… all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.

— Marion Zimmer Bradley

“Fiction is the evidence that reality exists”

— Max W. Miller