Scifi Quotes

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Douglas Adams
“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Frank Herbert
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

Tim Burton
“We all know interspecies romance is weird.”
Tim Burton

Brent Weeks
“Assassination is an art, milord. And I am the city's most accomplished artist.”
Brent Weeks, The Way of Shadows

J.D. Robb
“Bite me." -Lieutenant Eve Dallas, from any of the In Death books.”
J.D. Robb

Frank Herbert
“What does a mirror look at?”
Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

Iris Murdoch
“Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.”
Iris Murdoch

Douglas Adams
“The problem is, or rather one of the problems, for there are many, a sizeable proportion of which are continually clogging up the civil, commercial, and criminal courts in all areas of the Galaxy, and especially, where possible, the more corrupt ones, this.
The previous sentence makes sense. That is not the problem.
This is:
Read it through again and you'll get it.”
Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Daniel O'Malley
“I’m not bipolar, I’ve just had a bipolar life foisted upon me.”
Daniel O'Malley, The Rook

Douglas Adams
“I think we have different value systems." —Arthur
"Well mine's better." —Ford”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Sherrilyn Kenyon
“Goodnight baby, sleep in peace. After you kill that bitch!"

"Goodnight mom!”
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of Ice

J.L. Langley
“Not only did I manage to accidentally meet the man I’m investigating, I managed to accidentally have sex with him.”
J.L. Langley, The Englor Affair

Johnny Hart
“Science Fiction: Any scientific acclaim that omits God.”
Johnny Hart

Paul Di Filippo
“Science fiction at its best should be crazy and dangerous, not sane and safe.”
Paul Di Filippo, How To Write Science Fiction

Kurt Vonnegut
“I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "science fiction" ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Cory Doctorow
“He had them as spellbound as a room full of Ewoks listening to C-3PO.”
Cory Doctorow, Makers

Clyde DeSouza
“What use was time to those who'd soon achieve Digital Immortality?”
Clyde Dsouza, Memories With Maya

“I didn't want to be the woman who gave herself over willingly to the first man to notice her. I didn't want to be the stupid girl in every novel who loved without question and entered relationships that didn't make sense.”
Destinee Hardwick, Wishing on Raining Stars

William Gibson
“Case shuffled into the nearest door and watched the other passengers as he rode. A pair of predatory-looking Christian Scientists were edging toward a trio of young office techs who wore idealized holographic vaginas on their wrists, wet pink glittering under the harsh lighting. The techs licked their perfect lips nervously and eyed the Christian Scientists from beneath lowered metallic lids. The girls looked like tall, exotic grazing animals, swaying gracefully and unconsciously with the movement of the train, their high heels like polished hooves against the gray metal of the car’s floor. Before they could stampede, take flight from the missionaries, the train reached Case’s station.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer

Margaret Atwood
“Nature full strength is more than we can take, Adam One used to say. It's a potent hallucinogen, a soporific, for the untrained Soul. We're no longer at home in it. We need to dilute it. We can't drink it straight. And God is the same. Too much God and you overdose. God needs to be filtered.”
Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

Olaf Stapledon
“It was strange to us that none of these three victims made any attempt to resist the attack. Indeed, not one inhabitant in any of these worlds considered for a moment the possibility of resistance. In every case the attitude to disaster seemed to express itself in such terms as these:
"To retaliate would be to wound our communal spirit beyond cure. We choose rather to die. The theme of spirit that we have created must inevitably be broken short, whether by the ruthlessness of the invader or by our own resort to arms. It is better to be destroyed than to triumph in slaying the spirit. Such as it is, the spirit that we have achieved is fair; and it is indestructibly woven into the tissue of the cosmos. We die praising the universe in which at least such an achievement as ours can be. We die knowing that the promise of further glory outlives us in other galaxies. We die praising the Star Maker, the Star Destroyer.”
Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker

Syd McGinley
“What the Lady was happening? The man had his mouth smashing on Tarin's, and his tongue was shoving at Tarin's tongue. Tarin tried to scream. The men did eat boys. It wasn't just a scary fire-rumor. He bucked his body and writhed. He was going to be consumed alive!

"Lady!" he bawled like a little kid. It sort of worked.

The man moved his mouth and laughed.
"Now, no fussing. I won't hurt you if you're a good boy."

"Don't eat me," moaned Tarin. He was too scared to be brave. This was why no boys ever escaped from the Before Times buildings. The men ate them! No wonder men were so sleek and strong. They had boy meat to get them through the winter”
Syd McGinley, Out of the Woods

Troy Denning
“The hoverlanes were murder.”
Troy Denning

Laura Kreitzer
“He holds her with the strength of a million-man army, but with all the tenderness of her heart lying naked in the palms of his hands.”
Laura Kreitzer, Phantom Universe

Syd McGinley
“Die in winter woods," roared Tarin, as if it were his most
fervent wish. He was losing it again. Since being caught, he
had seen a boy with no balls or toes, a finger had been in his
ass twice, he'd been cooked, made to wear clothes, walked on
winter-lake stuff, wasted his gift, was going to have his tooth
pulled out and—scat—and he was being laughed at.”
Syd McGinley, Out of the Woods
tags: m-m, scifi

C.S. Friedman
“The Tyr had tried. It had really tried. It must have gone over every element of human psychology, tried desperately to understand the nature of human aesthetic sense … and then failed, miserably, in every regard.”
C.S. Friedman, The Madness Season

She paused and saw him tense in expectation. He wouldn’t like to hear this, but
“She paused and saw him tense in expectation. He wouldn’t like to hear this, but better from her than one of the others. “You aren’t the only pilot I have in my service. And you aren’t the only person with a dark past, though the illegal things that you did, you were forced to do by the Core. But I will tell you what I’ve told the others. This is your last chance. You screw up with me and you get shipped up river. I don’t offer second chances—I offer last chances.”

Nope, he didn’t like it. She saw the hand not holding the bottle of beer curl into a fist.

Sin and Del, from Sunscapes Trilogy, Book 1: Last Chance”
Michelle O'Leary, Last Chance

Gabrielle chuckled, her dark eyes twinkling. “So he’s been after you, has he? Poor Etta,
“Gabrielle chuckled, her dark eyes twinkling. “So he’s been after you, has he? Poor Etta, pursued by a sun priest offering to pleasure—”

“Every nook and cranny,” Marietta interrupted dryly and Gabrielle tipped her head back with a throaty laugh.”
Michelle O'Leary, The Lover's Gift Regained

Laura Kreitzer
“I’ll stab him,” offers Jaden as she makes a stabbing motion.
“You expect me to play along?” Rob scoffs, gripping his arm protectively.
“Pretty much,” replies Landon earnestly.
“You’re serious?”
“As a heart attack.”
“No,” argues Rob. “I’m not going to let Jaden—or anyone else—skewer me.” He’s greeted with an amused silence. “Bleedin’ crime is what it is,” he mutters. “Why can’t someone else go all noble sacrifice-y? It’s because I’m English, ain’t it?”
Laura Kreitzer, Forsaken Harbor

C.S. Friedman
“We share need, not-human. Yours is straightforward.” … “Mine is less so, but you will serve it. Come.”
C.S. Friedman, The Madness Season

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