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1. "When I write my books, actually, I'm known for very logical rule-based magic systems. I write with one foot in fantasy and one foot in science fiction."
Author: Brandon Sanderson
2. "Science fiction has a way of letting you talk about where we are in the world and letting you be a bit of a pop philosopher without being didactic."
Author: Brit Marling
3. "Against too many writers of science fiction Why did you lure us on like this, Light-year on light-year, through the abyss, Building (as though we cared for size!) Empires that cover galaxies If at the journey's end we find The same old stuff we left behind, Well-worn Tellurian stories of Crooks, spies, conspirators, or love, Whose setting might as well have been The Bronx, Montmartre, or Bedinal Green?Why should I leave this green-floored cell, Roofed with blue air, in which we dwell, Unless, outside its guarded gates,Long, long desired, the Unearthly waits Strangeness that moves us more than fear, Beauty that stabs with tingling spear, Or Wonder, laying on one's heart That finger-tip at which we start As if some thought too swift and shy For reason's grasp had just gone by?"
Author: C.S. Lewis
4. "Within a science fictional space, memory and regret are, when taken together, the set of necessary and sufficient elements required to produce a time machine."
Author: Charles Yu
5. "I'm a science fiction and fantasy geek."
Author: China Mieville
6. "Fantastic fiction covers fantasy, horror and science fiction - and it doesn't get the attention it deserves from the literati."
Author: China Mieville
7. "[T]he new weird represents a productive experiment in fantasy fiction. The New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s arguably embodied science fiction's claim to literary 'seriousness.' This desire for seriousness is not snobbery, as sometimes suggested by folks who overemphasize the entertainment function of speculative fiction; it's about recognition of the vast possibilities within the field."
Author: Darja Malcolm Clarke
8. "Fantasy involves that which general opinion regards as impossible; science fiction involves that which general opinion regards as possible under the right circumstances. This is in essence a judgment call, since what is possible and what is not cannot be objectively known but is, rather, a subjective belief on the part of the reader."
Author: Daryl Gregory
9. "He'd met other prodigies in mathematical competitions. In fact he'd been thoroughly trounced by competitors who probably spent literally all day practising maths problems and who'd never read a science-fiction book and who would burn out completely before puberty and never amount to anything in their future lives because they'd just practised known techniques instead of learning to think creatively. (Harry was something of a sore loser.)"
Author: Eliezer Yudkowsky
10. "Franz said 'Your picture, Viki, suggests that sense of breaking-up we feel in the modern world. Families, nations, classes, other loyalty groups falling apart. Things changing before you get to know them. Death on the installment plan – or decay by jumps. Instantaneous birth. Something out of nothing. Reality replacing science fiction so fast that you can't tell which is which. Constant sense of deja-vu - 'I was here before, but when, how?' Even the possibility that there's no real continuity between events, just inexplicable gaps. And of course every gap – every crack – means a new perching place for horror."
Author: Fritz Leiber
11. "We never had books at home, but my dad, seeing how keen I was to read, took me to Islington Library when I was about eight and we pulled out two - a Biggles and a science fiction novel. I never got the ace fighter pilot but fell in love with all things to do with the future and space. Isaac Asimov soon became my guiding star."
Author: Gary Kemp
12. "In Hamilton's The Universe Wreckers... it was in that novel that, for the first time, I learned Neptune had a satellite named Triton... It was from The Drums of Tapajos that I first learned there was a Mato Grosso area in the Amazon basin. It was from The Black Star Passes and other stories by John W. Campbell that I first heard of relativity.The pleasure of reading about such things in the dramatic and fascinating form of science fiction gave me a push toward science that was irresistible. It was science fiction that made me want to be a scientist strongly enough to eventually make me one.That is not to say that science fiction stories can be completely trusted as a source of specific knowledge... However, the misguidings of science fiction can be unlearned. Sometimes the unlearning process is not easy, but it is a low price to pay for the gift of fascination over science."
Author: Hamilton
13. "In my early teens, science fiction and fantasy had an almost-total hold over my imagination. Their outcast status was part of their appeal."
Author: Hari Kunzru
14. "My point has always been that, ever since the Industrial Revolution, science fiction has been the most important genre there is."
Author: Iain Banks
15. "A lot of what the 'Culture' is about is a reaction to all the science fiction I was reading in my very early teens."
Author: Iain Banks
16. "I think Junior is certainly a science fiction premise as is Twins, as is Dave, beyond Ghostbusters."
Author: Ivan Reitman
17. "I'd love to do a movie where the monster is human, where the issue is not otherworldly, or horror or science fiction."
Author: J. J. Abrams
18. "The marriage of reason and nightmare that dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the spectres of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. Thermo-nuclear weapons systems and soft-drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudo-events, science and pornography. Over our lives preside the great twin leitmotifs of the 20th century – sex and paranoia…In a sense, pornography is the most political form of fiction, dealing with how we use and exploit each other, in the most urgent and ruthless way."
Author: J.G. Ballard
19. "Once it gets off the ground into space, all science fiction is fantasy."
Author: J.G. Ballard
20. "S'ils participent tous deux des littératures de l'imaginaire, s'ils ont quelques points communs, comme par exemple leur localisation sur des planètes exotiques et la description de sociétés organisées selon des règles différentes des nôtres, la science-fiction et la fantasy n'en sont pas moins de nature très différente. L'une procède d'un retour à la pensée magique, elle est donc régressive, tandis que l'autre s'appuie sur les conquêtes de l'intelligence et du savoir. L'une flatte l'irrationnel, l'autre est un outil de questionnement du monde. La fantasy est une pure littérature d'évasion alors que la science-fiction est toujours en prise, même dans ses projections les plus lointaines, avec le réel."
Author: Jacques Baudou
21. "A good scenario doesn't make a good science fiction story - but it's a setting within which a good science fiction story might be told."
Author: Jamais Cascio
22. "Of the two, I would think of my work as closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy."
Author: Jean M. Auel
23. "Those who are ignorant of science fiction movie tropes are condemned to play imperial stormtroopers."
Author: John Alejandro King
24. "Well, that's science fiction television for you, though," Abnett said. "Someone's got to be the red shirt."
Author: John Scalzi
25. "Science Fiction: Any scientific acclaim that omits God."
Author: Johnny Hart
26. "My platform has been to reach reluctant readers. And one of the best ways I found to motivate them is to connect them with reading that interests them, to expand the definition of reading to include humor, science fiction/fantasy, nonfiction, graphic novels, wordless books, audio books and comic books."
Author: Jon Scieszka
27. "I think Douglas was a real one-off. He was so clever and so intelligent and so well read in real science that he could make science fiction work as well as it did. And just such fun to have around, he was just such a lovely man."
Author: Lalla Ward
28. "There's a science fiction project we really want to make, but it's very expensive. Hopefully it will happen."
Author: Lana Wachowski
29. "It's better to read first rate science fiction than second rate science -- it's a lot more fun, and no more likely to be wrong," joked Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal and the former president of the Royal Society, at Wired 2013."
Author: Martin J. Rees
30. "The Sword the burning decieved rising the science fiction the betrayed the spy the souls"
Author: Moira Young
31. "My friend Ian Hagemann, a regular at Wiscon, once said on a panel that when he reads science fiction futures that are full of white people and no one else, he wonders when the race war happened that wiped out the majority of the human race, and why the writer hasn't mentioned such an important plot point."
Author: Nalo Hopkinson
32. "Fiction is dangerous because it lets you into other people's heads. It shows you that the world doesn't have to be like the one you live in." At the first nationally recognized science fiction convention in China in 2007, Gaiman took a party official aside and said, "While not actually illegal, science fiction is regarded as dangerous and subversive in China. Why did you say yes to a science-fiction convention?"The party official answered, "In China, we're really good at making things people bring to us, but we don't invent, we don't innovate." When Chinese party officials visited Google, Apple and Microsoft, they asked what the executives read as children. The official continued: "They all said, 'We read science fiction. The world doesn't have to be the way it is right now. We can change it.' " "That," said Gaiman, "is the big dangerous thing."
Author: Neil Gaiman
33. "I like fantasy. I like horror, science fiction because I can get avant-garde with those performances in those movies."
Author: Nicolas Cage
34. "I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time."
Author: Octavia Butler
35. "Rigorous extrapolation, a gosh-wow love of gadgets, and mystical adventures in strange and mysterious places; every major stream in speculative fiction today can be traced back to authors who were writing before the publishing categories existed. From among the readers in the twenties and thirties who loved any or all of these authors arose the first generation of "science fiction writers", who knew themselves to be continuing in a trail that had been blazed by giants."
Author: Orson Scott Card
36. "As often I have been a science fiction writer writing science fiction for the community of science fiction readers, I am also, for good or ill, an American writing American literature to an American audience. Most fundamentally, though, I am a human being writing human literature to a human audience."
Author: Orson Scott Card
37. "Read good books. Read bad books - and figure out why you don't like them. Then don't do it when you write. If you are a science fiction or fantasy writer, going to conventions and attending panels is very useful."
Author: Patricia Briggs
38. "Once, in a cheap science fiction novel, Fat had come across a perfect description of the Black Iron Prison, but set in the far future. So if you superimposed the past (ancient Rome) over the present (California in the twentieth century) and superimposed the far future world of The Android Cried Me a River over that, you got the Empire, as the supra- or trans-temporal constant. Everyone who had ever lived was literally surrounded by the iron walls of the prison; they were all inside it and none of them knew it."
Author: Philip K. Dick
39. "I think if I'm going to do a science fiction, I'm going to go down a new path that I want to do."
Author: Ridley Scott
40. "I think of myth and magic as the hieroglyphics of the human psyche. They are a special language that circumvents conscious thought and goes straight to the subconscious. Non-fiction uses the medium of information. It tells us what we need to know. Science fiction primarily uses the medium of physics and mathematics. It tells us how things work, or could work. Horror taps into the darker imagery of the psychology, telling us what we should fear. Fantasy, magic and myth, however, tap into the spiritual potential of the human life. Their medium is symbolism, truth made manifest in word pictures, and they tell us what things mean on a deep, internal level. I have always been a meaning-maker. I have always been someone who strives to make sense of everything and perhaps that is where my life as a storyteller first began. Life doesn't always make sense, but story must. And so I write stories, and the world comes right again."
Author: Ripley Patton
41. "I spent most of my teen years trying to figure out the rules of life, theories for why things happened, why people behaved as they did, and mostly I came to the conclusion that either there were no rules, or the rules sucked. Reading science fiction wasn't about imagining myself into some more exciting life filled with adventure, it was about finding a world where things worked the way I wanted them to."
Author: Robin Wasserman
42. "Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible."
Author: Rod Sterling
43. "I have to do more close research and fact checking for the science fiction. This is not however to say that writing good fantasy does not involve doing good research."
Author: Sarah Zettel
44. "Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from more fiction to science-fiction."
Author: Saul Steinberg
45. "I have been spending the better part of my professional life trying to create self-driving cars. At Google, I am working with a world-class team of engineers to turn science fiction into reality."
Author: Sebastian Thrun
46. "Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out."
Author: Stephen Hawking
47. "Some fifteen to twenty Burgess species cannot be allied with any known group, and should probably be classified as separate phyla. Magnify some of them beyond the few centimeters of their actual size, and you are on the set of a science-fiction film..."
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
48. "Science Fiction properly conceived, like all serious fiction, however funny, is a way of trying to describe what is going on, what people actually do and feel, how people relate to everything else in this vast sack, this belly of the universe, this womb of things to be and tomb of things that were, this unending story. In it, as in all fiction, there is room enough to keep even Man where he belongs, in his place in the scheme of things, there is time enough to gather plenty of wild oats and sow them, too, and sing to little Oom, and listen to Ool's joke, and watch newts, and still the story isn't over. Still there are seeds to be gathered and room in the bag of stars."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
49. "Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one."
Author: Walter Jon Williams
50. "I think the least important thing about science fiction for me is its predictive capacity."
Author: William Gibson

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A deal of people, Miss, are for trusting all to Providence; but I say Providence will not dispense with the means, though He often blesses them when they are used discreetly."
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