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  • #1
    China Miéville
    “Any moment called now is always full of possibles.”
    China Miéville, Kraken

  • #2
    Scott Westerfeld
    “Barking spiders!”
    Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan

  • #3
    Laurie R. King
    “My God...it can think.”
    Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • #4
    Laurie R. King
    “Ma'alesh; no matter; never mind; what can you do but accept things as they are? Ma'alesh, your pot overturned in the fire; ma'alesh, your prize mare died; ma'alesh, you lost all your possessions and half your family. The word was the everyday essence of Islam - which itself, after all, means "submission.”
    Laurie R. King, Justice Hall

  • #5
    Laurie R. King
    “The hand of bone and sinew and flesh achieves its immortality in taking up a pen. The hand on a page wields a greater power than the fleshly hand ever could in life.”
    Laurie R. King, A Letter of Mary

  • #6
    “...heresy was often perceived by the Church as a financial or political threat rather than merely a theological one.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #7
    “...free-associative sexual libel...is typical of the impulses of religious authoritarians to demonize all heretics by attributing to them every manner of outrage that a perverse human mind could imagine.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #8
    “Then as now, demonization of the victim is the necessary precondition for genocide.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #9
    “...the workings of the Inquisition did not fundamentally change over its six-hundred-year history. The Inquisition was a machine with interchangeable parts, just as its inventors had intended...”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #10
    “Interrogation...was the highest art of the inquisitor.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #11
    “No offense against moral order was too trivial to escape the attention of the Spanish Inquisition.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #12
    “Indeed, the greatest single innovation of the Spanish Inquisition was to turn heresy from a thought-crime into a blood-crime...”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #13
    “Precisely because the Inquisition provides a blueprint for building and operating the machinery of persecution...the Inquisition was and still is a danger to human life and human liberty.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #14
    “The persecutorial impulse - 'the urge to purify the world through the annihilation of some category of human beings as imagined agents of corruption and incarnations of evil' - seems to be hardwired into Western civilization.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #15
    “...human beings as a species have never failed to find reasons to regard one another with fear and loathing and thus to offer violence to one another.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #16
    “Once available, the inquisitorial toolbox could be put to use by any authoritarian regime with the will and the means to unpack and use it.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #17
    “What Hitler and Stalin had in common was the same aspiration that animated the first inquisitors - the simple but deadly notion that it was both possible and desirable to rid the world of anyone whom the regime deemed to be unworthy of life.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #18
    “Above all, we cannot and should not try to distance ourselves from any of these inquisitions by reassuring ourselves that no abuse of 'moral justice' could occur in the American democracy.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #19
    “Like the victims of the historical Inquisition and its other modern equivalents, the men and women who were targeted during the McCarthy era were not guilty of any wrongful acts; rather, they were accused only of thought-crimes.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #20
    “All the weaponry and tactics that have been deployed in the war on terror are justified by precisely the same theological stance once invoked by the war on heresy.”
    Jonathan Kirsch, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual

  • #21
    James K. Morrow
    “Abide with me, fleshling, and I shall teach you to run with the fluxions.”
    James K. Morrow, The Last Witchfinder

  • #22
    James K. Morrow
    “The precise metaphysical procedures by which a book goes about writing another book need not concern us here. Suffice to say that our human scribes remain entirely ignorant of their possession by bibliographic forces; the agent in question never doubts that his authorship is authentic.”
    James K. Morrow, The Last Witchfinder

  • #23
    James K. Morrow
    “Face it, people, there is more to your malaise than celestial mechanics. If you want to know why you feel so bad, you must look beyond universal gravitation.”
    James K. Morrow, The Last Witchfinder

  • #24
    James K. Morrow
    “Let's admit it, people: nobody understands consciousness. Psychology hasn't had a Newton yet.”
    James K. Morrow, The Last Witchfinder

  • #25
    James K. Morrow
    “The Enlightenment may have indeed outlived its usefulness, but it is only through Reason's protocols that one can make a coherent case for Reason's limitations. O ye of little skepticism, kindly acknowledge your debt to that idiom on which you so glibly heap scorn.”
    James K. Morrow, The Last Witchfinder

  • #26
    James K. Morrow
    “You speak of Sorcery. It so happens that in the investigations leading first to my Conjectures concerning Light and later to my System of the World, I fell upon a pretty Proof that Wicked Spirits enjoy no essential Existence, being but Desires of the Mind.”
    James K. Morrow, The Last Witchfinder

  • #27
    Laurie R. King
    “My God, it can recognise another human being when it's hit over the head with one.”
    Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • #28
    David Grann
    “Exploration...no longer seemed aimed at some outward discovery; rather, it was directed inward...”
    David Grann, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

  • #29
    David Grann
    “Starvation sounds almost unbelievable in forest country, and yet it is only too likely to happen. - Percy Harrison Fawcett”
    David Grann, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

  • #30
    Kim Stanley Robinson
    “None of us know our real names.”
    Kim Stanley Robinson, The Years of Rice and Salt



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