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.
[Science fiction is] the attempt to deal rationally with alternate possibilities in a manner which will be entertaining.
Science fiction is very well suited to asking philosophical questions; questions about the nature of reality, what it means to be human, how do we know the things that we think we know.
At war or at peace, more people die of unenlightened self-interest than of any other disease.
Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
This is what I get from being a Science Fiction writer: not fame and fortune, but good friends. That’s what makes it worth it to me.
Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.
All worlds of fiction are alternative realities.
What’s wrong with the modern times is that the future isn’t what it used to be.
A common complaint about science fiction is that it promises more than our world’s humdrum reality ever delivers—a refrain summed up in the question: “Where’s my flying car?”
Good science fiction has its roots in good science.