Science Fiction Quotes

I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. (“Nineteen Eighty-Four”)

Soylent Green is people!

I’ll be back.

The Answer to the ultimate question of Life, The Universe and Everything is…42! (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”)

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 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 […]