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.

— Ray Bradbury, Quicker Than the Eye

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

— Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“Fiction is the evidence that reality exists”

— Max W. Miller

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.

— Carl Sagan

[Science fiction is] the attempt to deal rationally with alternate possibilities in a manner which will be entertaining.

— Lester Del Rey

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.

— H. Bruce Franklin

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.

— Isaac Asimov

The main thing about aliens is that they are alien. They feel no responsibility for fulfilling any of your expectations.

— Robert Silverberg, Dark City Lights

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.

— John W. Campbell

Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.

— Anthony Burgess

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

All worlds of fiction are alternative realities.

— Hal Duncan