Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.

— Ray Bradbury

[Social] science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance on human beings.

— Isaac Asimov

We all know interspecies romance is weird.

— Tim Burton

It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.

— Isaac Asimov

“Fiction is the evidence that reality exists”

— Max W. Miller

…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

Literary characters… draw you in and cultivate feelings of friendship on your part. Although, no matter how much you learn about them, how much time you spend with them–how far you can see into their thoughts and words, how they interact with others, their looks, what they wear–they will never, ever know you.

— Chess Desalls, Travel Glasses

Once it gets off the ground into space, all science fiction is fantasy.

— J.G. Ballard

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

— Ray Bradbury

Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.

— Brian W. Aldiss

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

— Preeti Bhonsle

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

— Michael Dirda