Science Fiction Quotes

Humberto Contreras

What will we be doing, when everything that can be done, can be done better by robots?

Tim Burton

We all know interspecies romance is weird.

Douglas Adams

Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad
Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?

Douglas Adams

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.. Douglas Adams
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Douglas Adams

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.

Douglas Adams

My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral
My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.

Douglas Adams

And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that
And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before-and thus was the Empire forged.

C.G. Rousing

When the mind is free, magic happens.

Kea Alwang

So is this being in love? I stay with the moment, waiting to find out, the space between us fluctuating with uncertainty. The only thing I am sure of is that each time his lips leave mine they are right back again.

Frederik Pohl

A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.

Anthony Burgess

Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive.

Paul Di Filippo

Science fiction at its best should be crazy and dangerous, not sane and safe.

Michael Piller

A writer is very much like the captain on a star ship facing the unknown. When you face the blank page and you have no idea where you're going. It can be terrifying, but it can also be the adventure of a lifetime.

Paul Di Filippo

As many authors have said, if the writer is not surprised by events, then chances are that the reader will not be either, and grow bored.

Paul Di Filippo

The emotional tone or affect of the tale should be hot and engaged, not remote and dispassionate.

Paul Di Filippo

That was asking a lot of my readers, I realized, but I was trying to write the novel I would most enjoy decoding.

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.

Chris Dee

I am not a fan of the magical quick fix in any fiction, including fantasy, scifi and comic books. Unless Dr. Who is involved, and then only because we get to use the phrase 'Timey-wimey wibbliness' which, I'm sure you'll agree, there are not enough occasions to drop into ordinary adult conversation.

Brittany Hawes

...Life had handed me a different set of cards and I was going to have to play my hand either way.

Laura Kreitzer

He holds her for an eternity. Time cascades into the void of the past. She inhales his scent. Full of man and strength and yearning. And she wonders why she ever doubted their relationship. Why she let Julian’s soothing touch coax her into loving him too. Gage is everything. Gage is hers.

Carlyle Labuschagne

I had evolved a year too soon, and it nearly broke me

Michelle Frost

And who is to say the truth can’t be a miracle?

Megan Duke

We both knew the place we were at and what that meant. We both felt the regret and the loss. We both knew that without me, none of it would have been possible. Without me, everything would be different. Without me, we wouldn't have been there... lying in that bed in the first place.

Megan Duke

I wanted moments like this to last forever. If it couldn't, I wanted to play it on repeat so I wouldn't forget the details of every second.

Stacey T. Hunt

To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor.

Sharon Sant

He saw the rules of life clearly for the first time and they were simple: it was a game where Death was the only winner.

Kimberly Kinrade

In one blow, that dream died as they dragged me - him - away. A tear slid down my cheek. I wasn't the only one mourning the loss of a dream.
"I'm sorry."
'You're not alone, I just wanted you to know that. And someday, when I have my powers back and am free, I'm going to do some serious damage to the people who've hurt you.

Octavia E. Butler

Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to do is follow the rules you've set. But if you're writing about science, you have to first learn what you're writing about.

Rick Yancey

Is this how humanity waves good-bye? Hell no.. Rick Yancey
Is this how humanity waves good-bye?
Hell no.

Rick Yancey

You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don't have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn't mean they apply to you.

Rick Yancey

We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make
We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.

Rick Yancey

I brought Sammy inside and put him to bed. Said his prayer with him. “‘Now I lay me down to sleep…’” To me, just random noise. Gibberish. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but I felt that, when it came to God, there was a broken promise in there somewhere.

Elizabeth Newton

I don't know if you've ever been covered head to toe in prickle bush, but let me tell you, it's not a pleasant experience, as I'm sure you can imagine.

Elizabeth Newton

You can't show me the Earth from space and fly right past the moon, entice me into this magical machine and invite me to come with you, and then ask me to stay behind!

C.G. Rousing

The only wand you'll ever need is a better-feeling thought.

Janet Edwards

With faces entirely invisible through suits, it was hard to be sure, but my impression was that he was watching me and copying my every move. I felt this proved he was intelligent.

Daniel Keyes

Even a feeble-minded man wants to be like other men.
A child may not know how to feed itself, or what to eat, yet it knows hunger.

Spider Robinson

Sometimes I think I must have a Guardian Idiot. A little invisible spirit just behind my shoulder, looking out for me...only he's an imbecile.

China Miéville

I think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books

Bernard Beckett

Which came first, the mind or the idea of the mind? Have you never wondered? They arrived together. The mind is an idea.

J.M. Dattilo

It's impossible to walk through solid rock... You have to walk between the molecules that make up the rock.

Philip Dodd

Space is infinite. To the mind that means freedom, liberation.' So wrote Arisko, our greatest turkle philosopher, in his most famous work, 'Thoughts In A Bathtub'," said Dottia, dreamily, in an inspired state.

Chidi Okonkwo

Knowledge is like an endless resource; a well of water that satisfies the innate thirst of the growing human soul. Therefore never stop learning... because the day you do, you will also stop maturing.

Martin Gardner

We cannot tell that we are constantly splitting into duplicate selves because our consciousness rides smoothly along only one path in the endlessly forking chains

Richard Ronald Allan

She captured the spot of my world’s centre and sent me in elliptic rings about it, causing the ground beneath me to vanish and the breath of my lungs to disperse. I was a rock locked in helpless orbit.

Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn

I understand now that you cannot fight for a noble cause with heinous actions.

Nathan Reese Maher

All is as if the world did cease to exist. The city's monuments go unseen, its past unheard, and its culture slowly fading in the dismal sea.

Skye Daphne

Never let other people bring you down let Jesus be the one who brings you down, because he knows what he is doing

Michelle O'Leary

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.

Kathleen Papajohn

Maligned –powerfully-drawn characters acting out a disturbing view of our future.” -David Compton, New York Times Best-Selling author

Rick Barnett

Mistakes? That's why they put erasers on pencils.

Rick Barnett

The features of character are carved out of adversity.

Michelle O'Leary

Uh-oh, big boy. Your blood is in the water and the sharks are circling. Must be feeding time."-Mea Brin, The Huntress

Sarah J. Pepper

Fantasy novels reveal “emergency escape routes” from reality. Romance novels dish out a banquet of Eye Candy. Otherworldly passion erupts when the two collide in an epic novel of unforgettable characters and dire circumstances.

Clifford D. Simak

Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for
Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe.

Johnny Hart

Science Fiction: Any scientific acclaim that omits God.

Victor Hugo

A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.

Ursula K. Le Guin

To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his non-existence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof.

Forrest Carr

God exists. He has one wicked since of humor, and right now he’s having a grand old time punking the planet.

A.C. Williams

Daisies are perennials; they always grow back.

Mindy Kaling

I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world.

Ivan Stoikov

Knowing all the languages in the world could help you to really understand all the jokes you can hear... from my future Kids' Funny Business.

Dennis Garlick

Improving intelligence is possible, but it is more likely to occur if children are given the right experiences at the right ages.

Frank Herbert

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.

G.F. Smith

What is more precious: a thousand answers derived from one question? Or, one answer…from a thousand questions?

James Hilton

The will of God or the lunacy of man - it seemed to him that you could take your choice, if you wanted a good enough reason for most things. Or, alternatively (and he thought of it as he contemplated the small orderliness of the cabin against the window background of such frantic natural scenery), the will of man and the lunacy of God.

Frank Olvera

The assumption of no God cannot be proven by science." - Scientific Faith
"Under the Thelián Sky: Beyond the Great Unknown" (c) 2012

Ren Garcia

Where have all the Fembots gone?

Arthur C. Clarke

How inappropriate to call this planet "Earth," when it is clearly "Ocean.

S.J. Perelman

I guess I'm just an old mad scientist at bottom. Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom-smashers, and a beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation's laws.

Freeman Dyson

Science is my territory, but science fiction is the landscape of my dreams.

Greg Egan

A recent survey of 2,000 male graduates of Harvard Business School
found that penis length & IQ were equally good predictors of annual
income. - from "Eugene

Forrest Carr

You can scoff at opinions. You can reject hypotheses. You can discard theories out of hand. But you cannot reject the facts

J. Richard Singleton

You have to think if we've been visited by extraterrestrial life, it was like a zookeeper walking into the chimp enclosure: He looks around, takes some pictures, then leaves without interacting significantly with the environment. Meanwhile the chimps have no idea what the fuck just happened.

John Scalzi

Is it painful?" the groundskeeper asked. "I am asking for science.

Philip Schuyler Allen

Wit had conquered science by laughing it out of court.

Rahul Bodkhe

science enables you to look things differently.

Arthur C. Clarke

Meteorites don’t fall on the Earth. They fall on the Sun and the Earth gets in the way.” - John W. Campbell

Thomas Pynchon

If patterns of ones and zeroes were "like" patterns of human lives and deaths, if everything about an individual could be represented in a computer record by a long strings of ones and zeroes, then what kind of creature could be represented by a long string of lives and deaths?

Lois McMaster Bujold

Tej seemed such a sunny personality, much of the time-these flashes of dark were like a crack in the sky, shocking and wrong. Reminding him that the daylight was the illusion, the scattering of light by the atmosphere, and the endless night was the permanent default behind it all.

Susan Sontag

Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.

Ivan Stoikov

The thinnest thing in the world is the border between good and evil... my next The Opposite Of Magic.

Frank Herbert

No construirás una máquina a semejanza de la mente del hombre.-Biblia católica naranja-

Lauren Lola

Genres are what holds each story together and help it along, but in no way should it ever be treated as a boundary, especially for a reader. If I’ve only read science fiction books, I would probably consider myself mad.

Ray Bradbury

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.

Douglas Adams

The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the 'Star Spangled Banner', but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.

Douglas Adams

Life,” said Marvin dolefully, “loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it.

Rob Grant

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

A.A. Bell

I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid I'll never get a chance to live!

Robert Rankin

Need to get to Ruislip by sparrow-fart though', said the squadron leader. 'Think you can do that? Can I come along for the ride?

Douglas Adams

A five-week sand blizzard?" said Deep Thought haughtily. "You ask this of me who have contemplated the very vectors of the atoms in the Big Bang itself? Molest me not with this pocket calculator stuff.

Robert A. Heinlein

It's a long story. Want a refill?"
"No, let's start the steak. Where's the button?"
"Right here."
"Well, push it."
"Me? You offered to cook."
"Ben Caxton, I will lie here and starve before I will get up to push a button six inches from your finger"
"As you wish." He pressed the button. "But don't forget who cooked dinner.

Philip Dodd

I suppose it's impossible to say that they will not invent anything else, because they might," said Zubria. "And, of course, if one thought of something that they might invent, one would have thought of it oneself, therefore one would be the inventor of what one thought of, and they would not be, which would make one an inventor, like them.

Hilary Mortz

What's it like to be a living legend? A lot fucking better than being a dead one..."
Geordie Selwyn, Appetite for Corruption

Orson Scott Card

Another oral exam, huh?' Peter said.
'Shut up, Peter,' said Valentine.
'You should relax and enjoy it,' said Peter. 'It could be worse.'
'I don't know how.'
'It could be an anal exam.

Douglas Adams

The main reception foyer was almost empty but Ford nevertheless weaved his way through it.

R. Curtis Venture

Despite centuries of English literature, the most famous split infinitive in all of history comes from Star Trek.

Charles Stross

This has serveral consequences, starting with screwing over most cryptography algorithms-translation: all your bank account are belong to us-

Arthur C. Clarke

["The Devil in the Dark"] impressed me because it presented the idea, unusual in science fiction then and now, that something weird, and even dangerous, need not be malevolent. That is a lesson that many of today's politicians have yet to learn.

J.D. Brewer

Never take offense. Even if someone is robbing you blind, it’s usually nothing personal. Survival is a funny thing, and we all react differently to it. Some react to fear and forget to be human and humane, but that doesn’t mean they have malicious intentions. People have different boundaries, and I promise to respect yours, hon.

George Orwell

In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards.

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