- I can’t believe that God plays dice with the universe.
- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
- E = MC^2: Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.
- When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute, and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.
Arthur C. Clarke:
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
- The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
- The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’
- For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
- For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
- I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.
- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
- The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
- The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.
- Writing that’s not working for a living.
L. Sprague de Camp:
- The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering – that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man’s good.
- There is no mistaking the dismay on the face of a writer who has just heard that his brain child is a deformed idiot.
Jack L. Chalker:
- I write novels and other things.
- If you got what it takes, you’ll make it. If you don’t, Shakespeare couldn’t help you.
- No, I don’t autograph blank slips, checks, or stickers, and certainly no books without me in them.
- I can walk into a bookstore and hand over my credit card and they don’t know who the hell I am. Maybe that says something about bookstore clerks.
- I thought I would lose, so I didn’t prepare a speech.
- I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.
- Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
- The writer isn’t made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
- We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy.
- Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
- Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
- Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
- Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
- I get up at an unholy hour in the morning my work day is completed by the time the sun rises. I have a slightly bad back which has made an enormous contribution to American literature.
- I hesitate to predict whether this theory is true. But if the general opinion of Mankind is optimistic then we’re in for a period of extreme popularity for science fiction.
- I wrote a novel for my degree, and I’m very happy I didn’t submit that to a publisher. I sympathize with my professors who had to read it.
- I’ve fallen back on this periodically, although I must say that getting out of the grocery business ranked right up there with getting out of the army as one of the happier experiences of my life.
- If the general opinion is pessimistic, fantasy is going to hold its own.
- The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world. I work every day of the year except at Christmas, when I work a half day.
- This is terrible, when a writer is bored by his own work, but it was a real bomb and had reached the point where I couldn’t even stand to look at it any more.
- I don’t mind you thinking I’m stupid, but don’t talk to me like I’m stupid.
- I hate being wrong, but I love it when I’m set straight.
- I have no mouth, and I must scream.
- Love ain’t nothing but sex misspelled.
- The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
- To say more, is to say less.
- When belief in a god dies, the god dies.
- A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics, because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.
- American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I’m sure there are words that are simply in there ’cause I like them. I know I couldn’t justify each and every one of them.
- And there never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it.
- As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
- Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.
- Great, big, serious novels always get awards. If it’s a battle between a great, big, serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.
Ursula K. LeGuin:
- Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
- The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
- The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
- The power of the harasser, the abuser, the rapist depends above all on the silence of women.
- What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
- Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
- Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
- Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.
- Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
- Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up.
- He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting “All the Gods are bastards.”
- In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
- In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
- It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.
- It’s not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren’t doing.
- Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
- Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.
- Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
- Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
- Sooner or later we’re all someone’s dog.
- The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
- The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
- I never intended to be a professional writer; as the story developed, the one thing I had in my hopes was that this would be something tangible to separate me from the nameless, numbered masses.
- I thought I would set the world on fire when I got out of college. I had done quite well in a field that was growing. Unfortunately, we got hit with a recession in 1981.
- I’m a working-class kid from a blue-collar New England family.
- I’m trying to make all the characters change and grow, or regress.
- I’ve always been a fighter. If you tell me I can’t, I’ll die trying to prove you wrong.
- Once you find you can’t walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated.
- So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don’t say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out.
- But I think, and hope, that the novels can be understood and enjoyed as science fiction, on their own terms.
- I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew exactly what being a writer entailed.
- I loved almost everything about being a teacher, but I was an unusual teacher.
- It’s odd how violence and humor so often go together, isn’t it?
- It’s one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another.
- Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down – there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison terrified me into getting published.
- Writing, I’m convinced, should be a subversive activity – frowned on by the authorities – and not one cooed over and praised beyond common sense by some teacher.
- Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
- The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.
- We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
H. G. Wells:
- Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.
- Advertising is legalized lying.
- Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
- After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
- Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
- Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
- Cynicism is humor in ill health.
Some of my favorite quotes from my favorite authors..