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  • #1
    Terry Pratchett
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Diggers

  • #2
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Then he turned it the third time, and the boy's ass fell off.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

  • #3
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Once upon a time,” I began. “There was a little boy born in a little town. He was perfect, or so his mother thought. But one thing was different about him. He had a gold screw in his belly button. Just the head of it peeping out.
    “Now his mother was simply glad he had all his fingers and toes to count with. But as the boy grew up he realized not everyone had screws in their belly buttons, let alone gold ones. He asked his mother what it was for, but she didn’t know. Next he asked his father, but his father didn’t know. He asked his grandparents, but they didn’t know either.
    “That settled it for a while, but it kept nagging him. Finally, when he was old enough, he packed a bag and set out, hoping he could find someone who knew the truth of it.
    “He went from place to place, asking everyone who claimed to know something about anything. He asked midwives and physickers, but they couldn’t make heads or tails of it. The boy asked arcanists, tinkers, and old hermits living in the woods, but no one had ever seen anything like it.
    “He went to ask the Cealdim merchants, thinking if anyone would know about gold, it would be them. But the Cealdim merchants didn’t know. He went to the arcanists at the University, thinking if anyone would know about screws and their workings, they would. But the arcanists didn’t know. The boy followed the road over the Stormwal to ask the witch women of the Tahl, but none of them could give him an answer.
    “Eventually he went to the King of Vint, the richest king in the world. But the king didn’t know. He went to the Emperor of Atur, but even with all his power, the emperor didn’t know. He went to each of the small kingdoms, one by one, but no one could tell him anything.
    “Finally the boy went to the High King of Modeg, the wisest of all the kings in the world. The high king looked closely at the head of the golden screw peeping from the boy’s belly button. Then the high king made a gesture, and his seneschal brought out a pillow of golden silk. On that pillow was a golden box. The high king took a golden key from around his neck, opened the box, and inside was a golden screwdriver.
    “The high king took the screwdriver and motioned the boy to come closer. Trembling with excitement, the boy did. Then the high king took the golden screwdriver and put it in the boy’s belly button.”
    I paused to take a long drink of water. I could feel my small audience leaning toward me. “Then the
    high king carefully turned the golden screw. Once: Nothing. Twice: Nothing. Then he turned it the third time, and the boy’s ass fell off.”
    There was a moment of stunned silence.
    “What?” Hespe asked incredulously.
    “His ass fell off.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

  • #4
    Neil Gaiman
    “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #5
    Andy Weir
    “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #6
    Andy Weir
    “He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”

    LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #7
    Andy Weir
    “I can't wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #8
    Andy Weir
    “I guess you could call it a "failure", but I prefer the term "learning experience".”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #9
    Andy Weir
    “If ruining the only religious icon I have leaves me vulnerable to Martian vampires, I'll have to risk it.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #10
    Andy Weir
    “I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #11
    Andy Weir
    “Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
    What do you know? I’m in command”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #12
    Andy Weir
    “It’s true, you know. In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #13
    Andy Weir
    “[11:49] JPL: What we can see of your planned cut looks good. We’re assuming the other side is identical. You’re cleared to start drilling.
    [12:07] Watney: That’s what she said.
    [12:25] JPL: Seriously, Mark? Seriously?”
    Andy Weir

  • #14
    Andy Weir
    “Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won't stay inside anymore.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #15
    Andy Weir
    “Everything went great right up to the explosion.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #16
    Andy Weir
    “WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.).”
    Andy Weir , The Martian

  • #17
    Andy Weir
    “I need to ask myself, 'What would an Apollo astronaut do?' He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #18
    Andy Weir
    “I'm calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I've been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #19
    Andy Weir
    “Live Another Sol would be an awesome name for a James Bond movie.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian

  • #20
    Andy Weir
    “Gay probe coming to save me. Got it.”
    Andy Weir, The Martian



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