Sf Quotes

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Isaac Asimov
“It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Steven Wright
“I put tape on the mirrors in my house so I don't accidentally walk through into another dimension.”
Steven Wright

Alastair Reynolds
“A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.”
Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World

Isaac Asimov
“Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Spider Robinson
“Some guys step on a rake in the dark, and get mad and go punch somebody. Others step on a rake in the dark and fall down laughing at themselves. I know which kind of guy I'd rather be. So do my friends.”
Spider Robinson, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

Rob Grant
“Step up to red alert."
Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb."
- Rimmer & Kryten, "Red Dwarf”
Rob Grant; Grant Naylor

Ted Chiang
“Science fiction is very well suited to asking philosophical questions; questions about the nature of reality, what it means to be human, how do we know the things that we think we know.”
Ted Chiang

Roger Zelazny
“The day of battle dawned pink as the fresh-bitten thigh of a maiden.”
Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

Terry Pratchett
“[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they're writing it!”
Terry Pratchett

Neal Stephenson
“He turns off the techno-shit in his goggles. All it does is confuse him; he stands there reading statistics about his own death even as it's happening to him. Very post-modern.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Kage Baker
“I don't think humanity just replays history, but we are the same people our ancestors were, and our descendants are going to face a lot of the same situations we do. It's instructive to imagine how they would react, with different technologies on different worlds. That's why I write science fiction -- even though the term 'science fiction' excites disdain in certain persons.”
Kage Baker

Roger Zelazny
“Why could you not have left me as I was, in the sea of being?"

"Because the world has need of your humility, your piety, your great teaching and your Machiavellian scheming.”
Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

Adam Roberts
“A realist writer might break his protagonist's leg, or kill his fiancee; but a science fiction writer will immolate whole planets, and whilst doing so he will be more concerned with the placement of commas than the screams of the dying.”
Adam Roberts, Yellow Blue Tibia
tags: humor, sf

James Tiptree Jr.
“Passing in any crowd are secret people whose hidden response to beauty is the desire to tear it into bleeding meat.”
James Tiptree Jr.
tags: sf

William Gibson
“I took Punk to be the detonation of some slow-fused projectile buried deep in society's flank a decade earlier, and I took it to be, somehow, a sign.”
William Gibson

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Rover did not know in the least where the moon's path led to, and at present he was much too frightened and excited to ask, and anyway he was beginning to get used to extraordinary things happening to him.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, Roverandom

Margaret Atwood
“By now you must have guessed: I come from another planet. But I will never say to you, Take me to your leaders. Even I - unused to your ways though I am - would never make that mistake. We ourselves have such beings among us, made of cogs, pieces of paper, small disks of shiny metal, scraps of coloured cloth. I do not need to encounter more of them.

Instead I will say, Take me to your trees. Take me to your breakfasts, your sunsets, your bad dreams, your shoes, your nouns. Take me to your fingers; take me to your deaths.

These are worth it. These are what I have come for.”
Margaret Atwood, Good Bones and Simple Murders

Foz Meadows
“How can so many (white, male) writers narratively justify restricting the agency of their female characters on the grounds of sexism = authenticity while simultaneously writing male characters with conveniently modern values?

The habit of authors writing Sexism Without Sexists in genre novels is seemingly pathological. Women are stuffed in the fridge under cover of "authenticity" by secondary characters and villains because too many authors flinch from the "authenticity" of sexist male protagonists. Which means the yardstick for "authenticity" in such novels almost always ends up being "how much do the women suffer", instead of - as might also be the case - "how sexist are the heroes".

And this bugs me; because if authors can stretch their imaginations far enough to envisage the presence of modern-minded men in the fake Middle Ages, then why can't they stretch them that little bit further to put in modern-minded women, or modern-minded social values? It strikes me as being extremely convenient that the one universally permitted exception to this species of "authenticity" is one that makes the male heroes look noble while still mandating that the women be downtrodden and in need of rescuing.

-Comment at Staffer's Book Review 4/18/2012 to "Michael J. Sullivan on Character Agency ”
Foz Meadows

Stephen King
“Lend me your wings, bird. I'll spread them and fly on the thermals.”
Stephen King

Roger Zelazny
“Once a Buddha, always a Buddha, Sam. Dust off some of your old parables. You have about fifteen minutes.'
Sam held out his hand. "Give me some tobacco and a paper.”
Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

Charles de Lint
“Having to amuse myself during those earlier years, I read voraciously and widely. Mythic matter and folklore made up much of that reading—retellings of the old stories (Mallory, White, Briggs), anecdotal collections and historical investigations of the stories' backgrounds—and then I stumbled upon the Tolkien books which took me back to Lord Dunsany, William Morris, James Branch Cabell, E.R. Eddison, Mervyn Peake and the like. I was in heaven when Lin Carter began the Unicorn imprint for Ballantine and scoured the other publishers for similar good finds, delighting when I discovered someone like Thomas Burnett Swann, who still remains a favourite.

This was before there was such a thing as a fantasy genre, when you'd be lucky to have one fantasy book published in a month, little say the hundreds per year we have now. I also found myself reading Robert E. Howard (the Cormac and Bran mac Morn books were my favourites), Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and finally started reading science fiction after coming across Andre Norton's Huon of the Horn. That book wasn't sf, but when I went to read more by her, I discovered everything else was. So I tried a few and that led me to Clifford Simak, Roger Zelazny and any number of other fine sf writers.

These days my reading tastes remain eclectic, as you might know if you've been following my monthly book review column in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. I'm as likely to read Basil Johnston as Stephen King, Jeanette Winterson as Harlan Ellison, Barbara Kingsolver as Patricia McKillip, Andrew Vachss as Parke Godwin—in short, my criteria is that the book must be good; what publisher's slot it fits into makes absolutely no difference to me.”
Charles de Lint

Neal Stephenson
“It's--my God--like you stretched a tarp across a stadium to turn it into a giant tom-tom and crashed a 747 into it.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Roger Zelazny
“The columns of mounted men moved forward, passed out through the gates of the Palace of Karma, turned off the roadway and headed up the slope that lay to the southeast of the city of Mahartha, comrades blazing like the dawn at their back.”
Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light
tags: sf

Stjepan Varesevac Cobets
“He clasped his hands in front of his chest, stood for a moment in silence to think, and then spoke, “Since it is obvious that you want to know the truth, I’ll show it to you in its completeness.” But then he narrowed his eyes. “What I’m about to show you, what you’re about to see, you’ll have to keep to yourself. You will be the only human being who will know the truth of why I brought you and the others here. The truth sometimes can be painful. Well, for this reason, I ask once again: are you ready for such responsibility?”
Stjepan Varesevac Cobets, The Collector

Richard Finney
“Answer me immediately or I'll start cutting away everything that's pretty on you...and then put it back.”
Richard Finney, Wind Raider Volume 1

Walter M. Miller Jr.
“Science Fiction has always attracted more talented writers than it could reward adequately.”
Walter M. Miller Jr., The Science Fiction Stories Of Walter M. Miller, Jr

Dave Hutchinson
“Governments, nations, borders, they're all surface, they always have been. The real structure underlying it all is money, and the institutions which control it. Finance houses, banks, organised crime; if you drill down deep enough, it's all the same. Money has no nationality, no allegiance. While nations rise and fall, it remains the same. It's the most powerful polity of all.”
Dave Hutchinson, Europe in Winter

Richard Finney
“You retain the Ki. Whether or not you become a warrior is for you to discover.”
Richard Finney, Wind Raider Volume 1

Margaret Atwood
“La normalità, diceva Zia Lydia, significa ciò cui si è abituati. Se qualcosa potrà non sembrarvi normale al momento, dopo un po' di tempo lo sarà. Diventerà normale."
Margaret Atwood, Il racconto dell'ancella, traduzione di Camillo Pennati”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Dave Hutchinson
“If this were some kind of entertainment, this would be roughly the point where Rupert said, "We don't have any more time, Professor, you must complete your research as soon as possible," but there was no great sense of urgency, no sense that it even mattered. It was just something that Rudi was interested in, for his own reasons. They could be working on this for years and still not understand it, and it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.
He said, "Look, Professor, a lot of effort went into getting you that information. We'd be grateful if you could make some kind of sense of it reasonably soon.
"There is one thing I can tell you right now," Lev said..."Whoever is running this thing, they're really interested in railways.”
Dave Hutchinson, Europe in Winter

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