Isaac Asimov Quotes

SF is the most difficult thing there is to write, and I’m essentially a lazy person, so I like to write other things when I can.

Almost any assumption can be violated in SF, on the condition that you know what the assumption is and that you know you are breaking it and can let the reader know that you know. Unfortunately, in many cases, people who write SF violate the laws of nature, not because they want to make a […]

We authors in SF are more or less friends; we inhabit a small, specialized world in which we are comfortable, and the general feeling is that ideas are common property: if one SF writer thinks up something which is very useful, another may put it into his own words and use it freely.

I don’t think Homo sapiens possesses any divine right to the top rung. If something is better than we are, then let it take the top rung.

I don’t feel robots are monsters that will destroy their creators, because I assume the people who build robots will also know enough to build safeguards into them.

By my own definition, SF is the branch of literature which deals with the response of human beings to changes in the level of science and technology. Over the past two centuries, we have watched our society grow more and more machine made, so to speak; and I assume that in one of our possible […]

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

Intelligence is the diamond and intellectualism only the facets. I’ve known many a beautifully faceted rhinestone.

You know, we can talk sometimes about managing our own evolution. About cloning people. About deciding how with genetic engineering we’re going to improve ourselves. But how do we improve ourselves? We don’t know. We’ve improved domestic animals a great way. We’ve got cows that give milk by the hundreds of gallons. We’ve got sheep […]

Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and […]