Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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All responsible writers, to some degree, have become involuntary criers of doom, because doom is in the wind; but science fiction writers more so, since science fiction has always been a protest medium.

— Philip K. Dick

Science Fiction is literature about the future, telling stories of the marvels we hope to see–or for our descendants to see–tomorrow, in the next century, or in the limitless duration of time.

— Terry Carr

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

— Isaac Asimov

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

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

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

— Philip K. Dick

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

— Anthony Burgess

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.

— Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

Many people have tried to define science fiction. I like to call it the literature of exploration and change. While other genres obsess upon so-called eternal verities, SF deals with the possibility that our children may have different problems. They may, indeed, be different than we have been.

— David Brin

Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.

— Arthur C. Clarke

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

“Books are keys that open many doors”

— James Rollins

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