Sci-Fi Quotes

“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. …Science fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don’t know what they’re talking about.” – Ray Bradbury

“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.” – Isaac Asimov

“One of the liberating effects of science fiction when I was a teenager was precisely its ability to tune me into all sorts of strange data and make me realize that I wasn’t as totally isolated in perceiving the world as being monstrous and crazy” – William Gibson

“I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.” – Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

“Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.” – Ursula K le Guin, The Telling

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” – William Gibson, Neuromancer

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” – Douglas Adams, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.” – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

“Then he was down the elevator and back on the sunny plaza. And hovering immanent all around him were the worlds of art and science that humankind was busy building. What if I can have it all?” – Vernor Vinge, Rainbow’s End

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong—but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.” – Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star

“Listen, are we helpless? Are we doomed to do it again and again and again? Have we no choice but to play the Phoenix in an unending sequence of rise and fall? Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Carthage, Rome, the Empires of Charlemagne and the Turk: Ground to dust and plowed with salt. Spain, France, Britain, America—burned into the oblivion of the centuries. And again and again and again. Are we doomed to it, Lord, chained to the pendulum of our own mad clockwork, helpless to halt its swing? This time, it will swing us clean to oblivion.” – Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz 

“Anybody who has had a great treasure has always led a precarious existence.” – John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.” – Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End

“Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.” – William S. Burroughs

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.” – Ray Bradbury, Martian Chronicles

“Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.” – Susan Sontag

“We thought we were the only thinking beings in the universe, until we met you, but never did we dream that thought could arise from the lonely animals who cannot dream each other’s dreams.” – Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“The hypothesis of God, for instance, gives an incomparably absolute opportunity to understand everything and know absolutely nothing. Give man an extremely simplified system of the world and explain every phenomenon away on the basis of that system. An approach like that doesn’t require any knowledge. Just a few memorized formulas plus so-called intuition and so-called common sense.” – Arkady Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic

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