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.

— Ray Bradbury

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

— Lester Del Rey

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.

— Ted Chiang

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

— Octavia E. Butler

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.

— Brian W. Aldiss

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.

— Philip K. Dick

Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.

— Brian W. Aldiss

It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.

— Isaac Asimov

All worlds of fiction are alternative realities.

— Hal Duncan

What’s wrong with the modern times is that the future isn’t what it used to be.

— Paul Valery

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?”

— Alastair Reynolds, The Economist, The World in 2015

Good science fiction has its roots in good science.

— Dan Brown