Thoughts Regarding Speculative Fiction


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In fact, one good working definition of science fiction may be the literature which, growing with science and technology, evaluates it and relates it meaningfully to the rest of human existence.

— H. Bruce Franklin

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

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

— Ray Bradbury

If it has horses and swords in it, it’s a fantasy, unless it also has a rocketship in it, in which case it becomes science fiction. The only thing that’ll turn a story with a rocketship in it back into fantasy is the Holy Grail.

— Debra Doyle

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

— Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading.

— Ray Bradbury

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

— Paul Valery

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

— Arthur C. Clarke

Science fiction is, after all, the art of extrapolation.

— Michael Dirda

“But then science is nothing but a series of questions that lead to more questions.”

— Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth

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

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