Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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At war or at peace, more people die of unenlightened self-interest than of any other disease.

— Octavia E. Butler

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.

— Isaac Asimov

I became infected by the idea that there are an infinite number of worlds only a foot step away. And another part of the meme was this – some things are bigger on the inside than they are on the outside. And perhaps some people are bigger on the inside than they are on the outside as well. And that was only the start of it.

— Neil Gaiman, The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

“Fiction is the evidence that reality exists”

— Max W. Miller

Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.

— Ray Bradbury

…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

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

Science fiction is the only literature capable of exploring the macrohistory of our species, and of placing our history, and even our daily lives, in a cosmic context.

— H. Bruce Franklin

If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, science fiction writers are its court jesters. We are Wise Fools who can leap, caper, utter prophecies, and scratch ourselves in public. We can play with Big Ideas because the garish motley of our pulp origins make us seem harmless.

— Bruce Sterling, Burning Chrome

“Books are keys that open many doors”

— James Rollins

Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.

— Ray Bradbury

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them, into the impossible.

— Arthur C. Clarke