Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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Expand your world. (Stories about wizards and spells) are very frequently about power relationships…

— Margaret Atwood

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

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

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 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

“Science fiction isn’t just thinking about the world out there. It’s also thinking about how that world might be—a particularly important exercise for those who are oppressed, because if they’re going to change the world we live in, they—and all of us—have to be able to think about a world that works differently.”

— Samuel R. Delany

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

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

“If you ever find yourself coming out of a time machine, run. Run away as fast you can. Don’t stop. Don’t try to talk. Nothing good can come out of it.”

— Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

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

…the next time you need a piece of apparently obscure information, try asking a science fiction writer. You might be surprised.

— Alastair Reynolds, Zima Blue and Other Stories

Literary characters… draw you in and cultivate feelings of friendship on your part. Although, no matter how much you learn about them, how much time you spend with them–how far you can see into their thoughts and words, how they interact with others, their looks, what they wear–they will never, ever know you.

— Chess Desalls, Travel Glasses