Space Opera Quotes

Quotes tagged as "space-opera" (showing 1-30 of 190)
Rowena Cherry
“Never ask a question if you don’t know the answer.
— Rhett”
Rowena Cherry

Rowena Cherry
“As a rule of thumb, it was always safer if the Commander-in-Chief formulated a risky plan.”
Rowena Cherry, Forced Mate

“Brother Cavil:

In all your travels, have you ever seen a star go supernova? ...

I have. I saw a star explode and send out the building blocks of the Universe. Other stars, other planets and eventually other life. A supernova! Creation itself! I was there. I wanted to see it and be part of the moment. And you know how I perceived one of the most glorious events in the universe? With these ridiculous gelatinous orbs in my skull! With eyes designed to perceive only a tiny fraction of the EM spectrum. With ears designed only to hear vibrations in the air. ...

I don't want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I want to - I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can't even express these things properly because I have to - I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws! And feel the wind of a supernova flowing over me! I'm a machine! And I can know much more! I can experience so much more. But I'm trapped in this absurd body! And why? Because my five creators thought that God wanted it that way!”
Ronald D. Moore

Brian W. Aldiss
“Science fiction is for real, space opera is for fun.”
Brian W. Aldiss

Hafsah Laziaf
“I saw the Earth, yes. I saw the colors so magnificent, so vivid, so real. It was hope so large and round, green and blue.”
Hafsah Laziaf, Unbreathable

Leigh Brackett
“Space opera, as every reader doubtless knows, is a pejorative term often applied to a story that has an element of adventure. Over the decades, brilliant and talented new writers appear, receiving great acclaim, and each and every one of them can be expected to write at least one article stating flatly that the day of space opera is over and done, thank goodness, and that henceforth these crude tales of interplanetary nonsense will be replaced by whatever type of story that writer happens to favor — closet dramas, psychological dramas, sex dramas, etc., but by God important dramas, containing nothing but Big Thinks. Ten years late, the writer in question may or may not still be around, but the space opera can be found right where it always was, sturdily driving its dark trade in heroes.”
Leigh Brackett, The Best of Planet Stories 1

Robert Silverberg
“Meanwhile here I am- Earthborn woman, a mere barbaric maula, geting deeper into Imperial Space with each passing light second. I should be trembling with fear, I suppouse.
No. Let the Emperor tremble. Laylah is here!”
Robert Silverberg

Alastair Reynolds
“Nightside, cities glistened in chains, and a spray of tinkertoy habitats girdled the planet. Gossamer starbridges reached from the equator towards orbit.”
Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space

G.S. Jennsen
“No matter what comes, we will persevere. It’s not over until we win.”

Oh, how she wanted to believe him. How she wanted to believe that her father not only had all the answers, but the power to make everything okay. Once upon a time she had believed it; then he hadn’t come home. “Why are you so sure?”

“Because I didn’t cross universes to return to life, simply to die again.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“The Anadens have a somewhat different perspective on death.”

“On account of not having to deal with it, sure. Personally, I think their little immortality contrivance has destroyed the value of life for them.”

“It brought you back.”

“Thus I reserve the right to be hypocritical on this particular topic.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“We have a very short window in which to accomplish a great deal, one measured in minutes rather than hours.

“We succeed, and we will have freed dozens of galaxies and species from tyranny. We succeed, and we will have saved our home, our friends and our loved ones from the looming threat of annihilation. We succeed, and everyone has a future. So let’s get it done.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“I’ll gloss right over the implication in what you said that the Reor are sentient entities—for now. Dare I ask why they gave you a copy of their universal decryption key?”

Alex and Caleb shared a look, and she shrugged. “We can only speculate, but it’s possible they want us to win.”

Miriam dropped her elbows on the table. “Hmm. Okay. In that case, I welcome the minerals to our side of the fight.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“Her head dropped into her hands. Dammit!

She’d spent months preparing for the challenges of a war against an immortal enemy wielding vastly superior numbers. She’d spent years preparing for the challenges of leading an assemblage of disparate fleets headed by disparate personalities. But it had never occurred to her to prepare for the challenges of her dead husband walking back into her life in the middle of both.

She had no idea what to do, but she was fairly certain she was doing it wrong.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“The ceiling shattered, and the vacuum created yanked her into the air. Her face grazed a shard of the ceiling as it broke off. Then she was in space.

Her left hand unlatched the breather mask and slid it on while her right felt for the helmet trigger.

Her finger slipped past it, fumbled back for it.

Found it.

Pressed it.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“The Idoni Primor’s gaze fell on Eren immediately. Her head tilted in idle curiosity while a fingertip dipped into a crystal bowl beside her. “I know your face, anarch.”

She brought her fingertip to her mouth and sucked it dry of gods only feared what hypnol. “You have been a most troublesome little asi of late. Have you come here to repent, to fall to your knees and beg to be allowed to return to the fold? Fair warning—you’ll be on those knees for a while.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“The progeny will be lost and adrift. Without the integrals reinforcing their focus and purpose, they will begin to question both.”

“Sator, this is not a bad thing. Humans spend years struggling to figure out what they want to do with their lives, then often revisit the question at multiple points in the course of living it. It’s in our nature.”

“Commandant, I’m sure I need not remind you that we are not Human.”

“No. But perhaps when this is over, you will become a bit more so.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“Solum invoked a sensation akin to lingering déjà vu in the wake of a dream.

It was not Earth. Its city-planet architectural stylings hid the outline of continents that might have otherwise been recognizable and altered the vibrant blue-and-green color palette enough to erase any familiarity in its silhouette.

Yet if you tilted your head just so and let your gaze unfocus a little, you could almost see Earth. Its echo, its memory.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

G.S. Jennsen
“Coordinates streamed into her mind while she yanked on her environment suit, foregoing every safety check she’d ever learned.

‘Alex, we will try to help him together, but it is far too dangerous—’

She grabbed the module she used to access the circuitry of the ship, bypassed Valkyrie and fired up the Caeles Prism.

‘Alex—’

She opened a wormhole in the middle of the cabin, set its exit point at the coordinates Valkyrie had provided, and ran through it.”
G.S. Jennsen, Requiem

H.  Gibson
“I am what I need to be when I need to be it" - Han Storm, Chronicles of Han”
H. Gibson, Preserving Creata

Ann Leckie
“Ridiculous!" scoffed Anaander. "Translator, ships and stations are not Significant beings, they are my property. I caused them to be built."
"I'm given to understand," said Translator Zeiat thoughtfully, "that most, if not all, humans are built by other humans. If that's a disqualification for Significance, then... no, I don't like that one bit."
"If I am just a possession," I put in, "just a piece of equipment, how could I hold any sort of command? And yet I clearly do.”
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Mercy

Ann Leckie
“Ridiculous!" scoffed Anaander. "Translatir, ships and stations are not Significant beings, they are my property. I caused them to be built."
"I'm given to understand," said Translator Zeiat thoughtfully, "that most, if not all, humans are built by other humans. If that's a disqualification for Significance, then... no, I don't like that one bit."
"If I am just a possession," I put in, "just a piece of equipment, how could I hold any sort of command? And yet I clearly do.”
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Mercy

Trevor Barton
“So why do it?,’ he challenged. ‘Why return to biological when a quantum existence can empower you to overcome general relativity and become interstellar, intergalactic, intersupercluster, inter-whateverthef*ckyoulike?’
‘Because once you’ve seen one Laniakea you’ve seen them all? I don’t know. Any number of reasons! Lament? They prefer squishy? The sex is better?”
Trevor Barton, Balance of Estubria

Trevor Barton
“Charlie smiled. ‘Actually, right now I feel like venting; maybe seeing how loud I can make the speakers in the gym and doing a workout of some kind. Does the hotel have music?’
‘Um, pass?’
‘You haven’t tried? Dude! Sort the shit. Hey, Valles?’ ‘Hello.’
‘Play Queen.’
‘Disambiguation. One: Play the Queen: Act like a queen:
female monarch. Subjects needed. Two: Play the Queen: Act like a queen: a person with excessive emotional outbursts. Setting demanded. Three: Play music related to “Queen”: Playqueen: New Zealander electropop group. 2040s. Four. Play music related to...’
‘British rock band. 1980s.’
‘Album, or track?’
‘I Want to Break Free.”
Trevor Barton, Balance of Estubria

Henry V. O'Neil
“Follow the plan until it goes to shit, and then kill everything that isn’t human.”
Henry V. O'Neil, Live Echoes

Ann Leckie
“It all goes around
It all goes around
The planet goes around the sun
It all goes around

My mother said it all goes around
It all goes around
The ship goes around the station”
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Sword

Henry V. O'Neil
“Well tonight we’re passing an amendment. I call it Jander’s Law.”
Henry V. O'Neil, Live Echoes

Trevor Barton
“Well what would you have us do, Jason? Swan into a hardware store without any cash and say “give us your best rack or we’ll set the adorable button-nosed robots on you for bunny-boiler death by cuddling?" Jared Thomas in Red Gods Sing”
Trevor Barton, Red Gods Sing

Trevor Barton
“The pending brahpocalypse/ coup d'état - whatever it was - was much more important than whether a donut-eating Police Officer saw a flying saucer over a gay club or not." - Red Gods Sing.”
Trevor Barton, Red Gods Sing

Becky Chambers
“Ohan, as your doctor, I have to remind you that your body has only had to digest nutrient paste for some time, adopting other foods will take some adjustment.' His cheeks puffed wide. 'But as your - as your friend, there is no way I'd rather spend my afternoon than cooking a meal for you. With you, even, if you'd like.”
Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Trevor Barton
“From the chapter titled "R3curs1on" (Typographical irregularities are for effect and require context.)

“Godnet removes the uncertainty. I miss the Bro o o o... Is there an official response from NEXSA at this stage?” “We’re assessing our options. I can’t tell you specifics at this...” “bots but I know they turned eeeeeeeeee turned eeeee turned tur ur ur ur ur” “...important thing is to ensure the safety of the Hotel occupants and escort them home.” “Sanija, what possibility is there of their protection, or indeed our own, when such advanced vehicles make their return trip? I mean, the threat’s...” “eeeevillll Mommy says my kids kids my kids are on it every day because we know your rights we know your rights and we made them disappear. We miss love love the Brobots better because we made them made them made them made them them them disa disa dis dis dis... A totally encryption constitution raaaaaaainbow cat now diiiiignity nooooiiise.”
Trevor Barton, Balance of Estubria

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