Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction
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That’s all science fiction was ever about. Hating the way things are, wanting to make things different.
Reality is frequently inaccurate.
“Fiction is the evidence that reality exists”
If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.
[Science fiction is] the attempt to deal rationally with alternate possibilities in a manner which will be entertaining.
Science fiction is the major non-realistic mode of imaginative creation of our epoch. It is the principal cultural way we locate ourselves imaginatively in time and space.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be…. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
The main thing about aliens is that they are alien. They feel no responsibility for fulfilling any of your expectations.
Fiction is simply dreams written out. Science fiction consists of the hopes and dreams and fears (for some dreams are nightmares) of a technically based society.
Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.
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.
All worlds of fiction are alternative realities.