Science Fiction Quotes

Science Fiction Quotes by Frederik Pohl, Leigh Bardugo, Raymond E. Feist, David Brin, William Gibson, Kate Wilhelm and many others.

People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research.
Frederik Pohl
I started reading fantasy and science fiction and writing fantasy and science fiction when I was – when I started junior high school.
Leigh Bardugo
Jigsaw Lady is the working title of a science fiction novel I’ve had in my head for darn near 15 years. I think I’ll start work on it next year (in all my spare time) but I’d like to get it finished some day.
Raymond E. Feist
Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I’ve had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam… and I’m not happy to be right in all of those cases.
David Brin
When I began to write fiction that I knew would be published as science fiction, [and] part of what I brought to it was the critical knowledge that science fiction was always about the period in which it was written.
William Gibson
And I desperately needed books that would take me out of my environment and show me a world where being smart and brave and prepared was more important than being cute or cheerful or knowing the right thing to say. And that’s what science fiction and fantasy gave me.
Leigh Bardugo
Metaphysics attempts to discover the ultimate nature of reality, and in this sense, the innerspace of science fiction is metaphysical fiction.
Kate Wilhelm
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
Frank Herbert
I was a science fiction junkie for a long time.
William Hurt
The real origin of science fiction lay in the seventeeth-century novels of exploration in fabulous lands. Therefore Jules Verne’s story of travel to the moon is not science fiction because they go by rocket but because of where they go. It would be as much science fiction if they went by rubber band.
Philip K. Dick
Science fiction to me is the ultimate art form, because it speculates on bodies and worlds that don’t exist.
Oneohtrix Point Never
From the viewpoint of the writer, the most significant aspect of fantasy and science fiction is that stories of these kinds are either set in imaginary worlds or feature the appearance in the familiar world of some imaginary entity.
Brian Stableford
Science fiction is my way of pushing the imagination onward. It’s a way to understand how the world will look in the future.
Bernard Werber
Blade Runner appears regularly, two or three times a year in various shapes and forms of science fiction. It set the pace for what is essentially urban science fiction, urban future and it’s why I’ve never re-visited that area because I feel I’ve done it.
Ridley Scott
Science fiction is never about the future, in the same way history is rarely about the past: they’re both parable formats for examining or commenting on the present.
A. A. Gill
Something like ‘Alien,’ that was not so easy. If there’s any genre I wouldn’t mind not having to do anymore, it would be science fiction. It’s just all to do with the toys, and there’s so much hanging around.
John Hurt
As a species, we tend to live in environments where our own artifacts dominate. The way we shape our environment and are in turn shaped by it is a key theme in my fiction – indeed, it’s a key part of a great deal of science fiction.
Ken Liu
True stories are the ones that lie open at the border, allowing a crossing, a further frontier. The final frontier is just science fiction–don’t believe it. Like the universe, there is no end.
Jeanette Winterson
Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive.
Ursula K. Le Guin
My history is pretty different from the history of most professors. I was a high school dropout. I dropped out and became a science fiction writer.
Daniel Goldstein
I love science fiction. I always have, ever since I was a kid. I love a lot of science fiction writers. William Gibson is one of my favorite writers.
Tahmoh Penikett
In reading, in literature and poetry, I found an artistic freedom that I didn’t see at Woolworth’s. I would read everything from Shakespeare to science fiction … sometimes a book a day.
Frederick Lenz
With science fiction there’s endless possibilities.
Anna Torv
The science behind Interstellar is interesting, because some of it is absolutely real astrophysics and orbital mechanics, some of it is theoretical physics, and some of it is completely Hollywood. When a science fiction movie is based on plausible science, it’s really good.
Julie Payette
Science fiction without the science just becomes, you know, sword and sorcery, basically stories about heroism and not much more.
Michio Kaku
I’ve always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things.
Walter Mosley
I think that what made people accept Starbuck as a woman was that she was just such an interesting character. I think that once people put their guard down and their preconceived notions of what the show is supposed to be and just allowed it to really be good science fiction.
Katee Sackhoff
There’s no one ‘right’ way of making a science fiction movie; there’s no one way of making any kind of movie, really!
Nicolas Roeg
I tend not to read or watch Science Fiction, particularly not comedy Science Fiction. The point is that if it’s less good than what I do, there’s no point in reading it, if it’s better than what I do it makes me depressed
Douglas Adams
I think of science fiction as being part of the great river of imaginative fiction that has flowed through English literature, probably for 400 or 500 years, well predating modern science.
J. G. Ballard
One of the things that science fiction gets to do is thought experiments about the human condition that would be impractical or unethical to conduct in real life.
Robert J. Sawyer
Sometimes people talk about conflict between humans and machines, and you can see that in a lot of science fiction. But the machines we’re creating are not some invasion from Mars. We create these tools to expand our own reach.
Ray Kurzweil
You need to read more science fiction. Nobody who reads science fiction comes out with this crap about the end of history
Iain Banks
Only when my ‘Punktown’-based stories began seeing print did I demonstrate my proclivity for blurring the borders between horror, science fiction, and other genres.
Jeffrey Thomas
I do enjoy reading some science fiction.
Colin Farrell
Science fiction works best when it stimulates debate.
Greg Bear
Science fiction is a field of writing where, month after month, every printed word implies to hundreds of thousands of people: ‘There is change. Look, today’s fantastic story is tomorrow’s fact.
A. E. van Vogt
My most memorable science fiction experience was Star Wars and seeing R2D2 and C3PO. I fell in love with those robots.
Cynthia Breazeal
I love science fiction – always have.
Simon Sinek
I think you can get away with being a bit more political in science fiction.
Rupert Sanders
The great thing about science fiction is that it transcends national boundaries.
Robert J. Sawyer
More than fantasy or even science fiction, Ray Bradbury wrote horror, and like so many great horror writers he was himself utterly without fear, of anything. He wasn’t afraid of looking uncool – he wasn’t scared to openly love innocence, or to be optimistic, or to write sentimentally when he felt that way.
Lev Grossman
Sci-fi is often a metaphor. I think it’s more the themes and questions that science fiction raises rather than the exact predictions that should guide us.
Peter Singer
It’s funny because when I was growing up, I was really into science fiction and fantasy as a kid. And, when I first became a screenwriter, I ended up really just doing historical drama and non-fiction based stuff, like Band of Brothers and stuff that didn’t get made, but was also non-fiction.
John Orloff
The box jellyfish takes you into an area of what I’d call science fiction. You feel like you’ve been dipped in hot burning oil. You burst into flames.
Diana Nyad
When I began writing science fiction in the middle 60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months.
Vernor Vinge
Ribofunk indicates a focus on biology as the upcoming big science in the way that physics was for the last 50 or 100 years. If you look for a biological thread throughout science fiction, you can find it, but it’s a very small percentage of the total. That’s been changing in the last few years.
Paul Di Filippo
As a fan of science fiction and as a kid who loves monsters, science fiction movies and this, that and the other, there’s no real way to make a career out of that. Especially when I grew up.
Kevin Grevioux
And from, you know, small ideas, bigger ideas emerge. So we’re starting with suborbital space flights and we’ll then go into orbital space flights and, you know, maybe one day we’ll send people on a one-way voyage into the depths of space as per the science fiction trips.
Richard Branson
There is only one definition of science fiction that seems to make sense: ‘Science fiction is anything published as science fiction.’
Norman Spinrad
History is not going to look kindly on us if we just keep our head in the sand on armed autonomous robotics issue because it sounds too science fiction.
Peter Singer
I quite enjoy science fiction.
Lexa Doig
Science-fiction … can be defined as: Imaginative extrapolation of true natural phenomena, existing now, or likely to exist in the future.
Hugo Gernsback
While I’m a big fan of science fiction, especially as rendered in expensive Hollywood blockbusters, it’s the real universe that calls to me.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The ‘science’ in ‘science fiction’ isn’t just physics and engineering. It can also be linguistics, anthropology, and psychology.
Ann Leckie
The film is therefore a form of science fiction, in which humans, beasts and machines are on the verge of extinction – ‘sacred motors’ linked together by a common fate and solidarity, slaves to an increasingly virtual world. A world from which visible machines, real experiences and actions are gradually disappearing.
Leos Carax
Science fiction is an amazing literature: plot elements that you would think would be completely worn out by now keep changing into surprising new forms.
Connie Willis
There’s no difference between science and science fiction.
Mike Hughes
With science fiction I think we are preparing ourselves for contact with them, whoever they may be.
Dwight Schultz
As a fellow science fiction author, Heinlein largely raised me, and I resent it when some folks lazily dismiss Heinlein as a ‘right winger’ or even ‘fascist.’
David Brin
I happen to be one of those rare actors that actually loves very intelligent and well-acted science fiction.
Richard Hatch
In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It’s so schizophrenic.
Jonathan Carroll
Traditionally, the science fiction reader has been the 16- to 24-year-old male, especially the male with an interest in technology.
Robert J. Sawyer
I was born in California, raised a vegetarian, and love science fiction, so don’t tell me how I need to be in order to fit your standards. When I was younger, those kinds of comments bothered me, but eventually got to a point where I realized I wasn’t going to change who I was.
Aisha Tyler
Science fiction writers aren’t in the prediction business; they’re in the speculation business, using ‘hasn’t happened’ or ‘hasn’t happened yet’ to create entertaining scenarios that may or may not anticipate future realities.
James Gunn
Most people assume wrongly that science fiction is a male-based genre, when, in fact, there are far more women who tune into sci-fi than anyone expects.
Bonnie Hammer
I am, of comics I was never as big of a fan as I probably could have been I suppose but I’m definitely a fan of science fiction fantasy. My interests were in fantasy more than comics growing up.
Brandon Routh
The chief difference between horror fans and science fiction fans lies in why they won’t walk backwards. A horror fan won’t walk backwards because he knows he’ll be knifed by a madman. A science fiction fan won’t walk backwards because he knows he’ll step on the cat.
Aaron Allston
Oh, I’m nerdy about science fiction and fantasy and graphic novels and reading, and I’m nerdy about board games. My favorite board game is a board game I’m working on right now. It’s a game of Napoleonic era naval warfare, and it’s going to be fun.
Billy Campbell
When I began writing science fiction in the middle ’60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months.
Vernor Vinge
I loved literary science fiction. In fact, as a kid, when I was reading science fiction, I thought ‘I can’t wait for the future when the special effects are good’ to represent what was in these books by Arthur C. Clarke, Alfred Bester, Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard, Jack Vance.
Matt Groening
In sci-fi convention, life-forms that hadn’t developed space travel were mere prehistory — horse-shoe crabs of the cosmic scene — and something of the humiliation of being stuck on a provincial planet in a galactic backwater has stayed with me ever since.
Barbara Ehrenreich
In effect, I grew up in a sort of timewarp, a place where times are scrambled up. There are elements of my childhood that look to me now, in memory more like the 1940s or the 1950s than the 1960s. Jack [Womack] says that that made us science fiction writers, because we grew up experiencing a kind of time travel.
William Gibson
Especially, I think, living in any fantasy or science fiction world means really understanding what you’re seeing and reading really densely on a level that a lot of people don’t bother to read.
Joss Whedon
Probably the most formative experience was reading the ‘Foundation’ trilogy when I was about twelve years old. That wasn’t the first science fiction I had ever read, but it’s something that stands out in my memory as having had a big impact on me.
Ted Chiang
I hate science fiction.
James Dyson
I think science fiction and sound is a really interesting thing. You might as well think of it as sonic fiction.
DJ Spooky
Science fiction has traditionally been economically naive, with a strong libertarian streak, which I think is like a crude Leninism. That’s attractive because it could be used to explain everything, and if only we lived by its tenets, everything would be perfect.
Charles Stross
I wasn’t a big science-fiction fan growing up. But I loved Jules Verne and Sherlock Holmes. Both came into play on ‘The X-Files.’
Chris Carter
I think when science fiction is at its worst, it’s just spaceships flying around shooting at each other. There has to be a lot more going on than that… science fiction is about exploring new worlds and new ideas, not about ray guns and action, necessarily.
Jeff Lemire
The only people who have the long view are some scientists and some science fiction writers.
Sheri S. Tepper
‘Dasavatharam’ is science fiction, a multi-crore budgeted film worth Rs 50 to 60 crore and ahead of its time.
Himesh Reshammiya
Yeah I loved, as a kid growing up, I loved science-fiction.
Jeff Bridges
A lot of the things you see in science fiction revolve around black holes because black holes are strong enough to rip the fabric of space and time.
Michio Kaku
Extra dimensional theories are sometimes considered science fiction with equations. I think that’s a wrong attitude. I think extra dimensions are with us, they are with us to stay, and they entered physics a long time ago. They are not going to go away.
Leonard Susskind
When I was in my early to mid-teens, that was a very heavy diet of science fiction and fantasy, so those were the kinds of books I tended to imagine writing someday, or even began to try to write.
Michael Chabon
First-rate science fiction was, and remains, more interesting than second-rate art.
Clive James
In science-fiction films the monster should always be bigger than the leading lady.
Roger Corman
God, how that stings! I’ve spent a lifetime loving science fiction and now I find that you must expect nothing of something that’s just science fiction.
Isaac Asimov
I was always attracted to science fiction movies.
Tina Turner
Theres two tiers of science fiction: the McDonalds sci-fi like Star Trek, where they have an adventure and solve it before the last commercial, and there are books that once youve read, you never look at the world the same way again.
David Gerrold
I love outsider stories. And I also like a lot of genre fiction, too. So I wanted to write a literary book that flirted with thriller and fantasy and even science fiction. I wanted the coming-of-age story and the love story to be about “outsiderdom” – one of the themes I am most interested in.
Porochista Khakpour
I think that our future has lost that capital F we used to spell it with. The science fiction future of my childhood has had a capital F – it was assumed to be an American Future because America was the future. The Future was assumed to be inherently heroic, and a lot of other things, as well.
William Gibson
I took a great joy with inventing new kinds of mechanisms. I invented new kinds of machines. I’ve been a student of science fiction for a long, long time, and I’m very well-versed in science fact and science fiction.
Jack Kirby
Farscape is not what you call hard science fiction.
Ben Browder
Science fiction is not quirky anymore; we live in a futuristic world now.
Bonnie Hammer
My brother is a scientist. He’s a professor at MIT. He brought science fiction into my world.
Chris Carter
Science fiction is the sovereign prophylactic against future shock.
Alvin Toffler
Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.
Stephen Hawking
Science fiction fans are great, but they just aren’t the same as groupies.
Robert Picardo
I tend more towards what some people call literary science fiction, but what I mean by that is that it is full of interesting language, experimentation, and ideas.
Edward Einhorn
I think we tried to make a film [Moon] that was about human beings as opposed to going from one special effects set piece to the next one, which is what a lot of science fiction films these days do.
Duncan Jones
Fantasies are things that can’t happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.
Ray Bradbury
‘Altered Carbon’ is one of the most seminal pieces of post-cyberpunk hard science fiction out there – a dark, complex noir story that challenges our ideas of what it means to be human when all information becomes encodable, including the human mind.
Laeta Kalogridis
I don’t read Science Fiction.
Brent Spiner
My first encounter with James was when I was seventeen. My brother brought home from the public library a science fiction anthology, which included ‘The Beast in the Jungle.’ It swept me away. I had a strange, somewhat uncanny feeling that it was the story of my life.
Cynthia Ozick
When it comes down to it, the reason that science fiction endures is that it is, at its core, an optimistic genre. What it says at the end of the day is that there is a tomorrow, we do go on, we don’t extinguish ourselves and leave the planet to the cockroaches.
J. Michael Straczynski
New technologies are rapidly giving rise to unprecedented methods of warfare. Innovations that yesterday were science fiction could cause catastrophe tomorrow, including nanotechnologies, combat robots, and laser weapons.
Peter Maurer
I think the least important thing about science fiction for me is its predictive capacity.
William Gibson
Now, Venus is an extremely hostile environment, and as such presents a lot of challenges for a science fiction author who wants to create life there. However, as I began to research it more thoroughly, I found myself intrigued by the possibilities the world offers.
Sarah Zettel
When I started publishing – my first novel came out in 1990 – there were no options for publishing science fiction in Canada. There were no small presses, and the large presses simply would not touch it at all.
Robert J. Sawyer
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
So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction, I was very happy with it, because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
Octavia E. Butler
I’d always wanted the show to be more reality based science fiction, something along the lines of The Day the Earth Stood Still, which I consider to be the classic science fiction film.
Gil Gerard
Science fiction, in its purest form, for me, it works the best when it’s being used as metaphor to look at something from a one-step-removed process, to give a little objectivity and insight into something that, if you were applying it on the face of it, we’d all be too close to.
Noah Wyle
Maybe the search for life shouldn’t restrict attention to planets like Earth. Science fiction writers have other ideas: balloon-like creatures floating in the dense atmospheres of planets such as Jupiter, swarms of intelligent insects, nano-scale robots and more.
Martin Rees
One of the most interesting things about science fiction and fantasy is the way that the genres can offer different perspectives on matters to do with the body, the mind, medical technology, and the way we live our lives.
Tansy Rayner Roberts
I’m not a science fiction writer, I’m a physicist. These are scientists who are making the future in their laboratories.
Michio Kaku
All the science fiction I loved as a kid was holding up a mirror to society and warning us about the need for course correction.
Laeta Kalogridis
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
We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet. That’s the kind of conversations science fiction writers have when they get together. We don’t talk about football or anything like that.
Kevin J. Anderson
I enjoy watching movies that are high concept or science fiction or have supernatural elements, like ‘2:22’ has.
Michiel Huisman
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I realized that for fantasy and science fiction, especially from my youth, white was the default. Luke Skywalker was in the lead, or even if you were a hobbit, you’re going to be white. That was an extremely old-fashioned, obviously really narrow-minded way to look at things.
Brian K. Vaughan
Like steampunk, silkpunk is a blend of science fiction and fantasy. But while steampunk takes its inspiration from the chrome-brass-glass technology aesthetic of the Victorian era, silkpunk draws inspiration from East Asian antiquity.
Ken Liu
A lot of people forget that the origin of science fiction in the U.S. was in the post-First World War period when there was a real interest to get people into technical careers.
Robert J. Sawyer
Horror is one of the few genres – romance and comedy are the other two that come to mind – that’s all emotion-driven. It’s not a rational genre, like science fiction is. It’s irrational by nature. And it is capable of exploring all aspects of human experience.
Stephen R. Bissette
Science fiction encourages us to explore… all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The range of my interests in science fiction – it really does run a gamut.
Laeta Kalogridis
When I was a young man in school, I used to read science fiction and really liked it. And as I became a young artist, I was filling up my portfolio with alien planets and spacecraft and things like that.
Douglas Trumbull
I am a conventional science fiction author. But that said, once your work is published, it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the readers and they will derive all sorts of interpretations.
Liu Cixin
Abundant choice doesn’t force us to look for the absolute best of everything. It allows us to find the extremes in those things we really care about, whether that means great coffee, jeans cut wide across the hips, or a spouse who shares your zeal for mountaineering, Zen meditation, and science fiction.
Virginia Postrel
Real science can be far stranger than science fiction and much more satisfying.
Stephen Hawking
To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two.
Sheri S. Tepper
[Social] science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance on human beings.
Isaac Asimov
And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction. You’ll note there’s no science in it. It’s a kind of grim fantasy.
Octavia E. Butler
With ‘White Light,’ I had just finished watching ‘Under the Skin’ and was really obsessed with the idea of science fiction presented as normality.
The nice thing about ‘Futurama’ for me personally was that it was a way to honor some of the traditional ideas in literary science fiction, not so much movie or television science fiction – although we have that too, obviously. Our situation, a workplace comedy, led to all sorts of stuff.
Matt Groening
[Science fiction is] a mode of romance with a strong inherent tendency to myth.
Northrop Frye
There’s a long relationship between science fiction and the ‘novel of ideas,’ and I think writers of science fiction are able to draw on that tradition to take risks, to constantly raise the level of their ambition.
Katie Kitamura
The real universe is always one step beyond logic.
Frank Herbert
Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it.
Alan Dean Foster
I used to read a good deal of science fiction when I was a boy.
Steven Weinberg
I’ve always been interested in science fiction
Martin Landau
We have ‘Doctor Who’ references on ‘Futurama,’ but we have a lot of science fiction references that I don’t get; but in the staff we have experts on ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Dungeons and Dragons.’
Matt Groening
In all my science fiction movies, I try to blend the familiar with the futuristic so as not to be too off putting to the audience. There is always something familiar they can grab onto.
David Twohy
By serializing two novels in ‘Analog,’ the world’s No. 1, best-selling science fiction magazine, I’ve had 200,000 words of fiction and three cover stories in that magazine. Quite an enviable record.
Robert J. Sawyer
Every day, I read books on philosophy and science fiction and human consciousness.
Tom DeLonge
I think there’s always been, to some degree, a misunderstanding about what science fiction is all about, in that it has been judged by the general public as being literature of prediction, and it isn’t.
Robert J. Sawyer
In ‘Nier Automata’, the protagonists are androids, not humans, and that’s very common in a Science Fiction story.
Yoko Taro
I could speculate, but it would be just speculation and the kind of thing that you would get in with a science fiction story. And if I was doing a science fiction story then I would come up with what can go wrong with this system.
Gene Wolfe
Science Fiction will never run out of things to wonder about until the human race ceases to use its brain.
Julian May
Most fiction says you may or may not be alive tomorrow; science fiction talks often about the future.
Harlan Ellison
I think the type of actor I am, I tend to play strong leading female characters. The shows I’ve been on happen to be science fiction genre.
Alaina Huffman
‘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.
Arthur C. Clarke
I’m a big genre fan. I’m a big science fiction nerd and horror film nerd. I’m obsessed with Pam Grier. I wanted to be her for all of my teenage years.
Alex Stapleton
In a lot of Western science fiction, you need some form of conflict, whether it’s aliens or robots. I think in Western culture, being more suspicious of science, and hubris, you’ll see a lot of fear of creating something that goes out of control.
Cynthia Breazeal
That’s what I always liked about science fiction – you can make the world end. Humour is my multiple warhead delivery system.
Gary Shteyngart
People as me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research.
Frederik Pohl
NI love watching science fiction because I feel like when it’s done well, it’s not just monsters, but philosophy. Really good science fiction like, ‘2001,’ for example, or the first ‘Matrix.’ But it takes someone who’s got a brain and thinks in order to do really good science fiction.
Alan Arkin
Science fiction is what I point at when I say science fiction.
Damon Knight
Labels like ‘Chinese Science Fiction’ or ‘Western Science Fiction’ summarize a vast field of work, all of which are diverse and driven by individual authors, with individual concerns.
Ken Liu
The most visceral science fiction always takes place in the past and focuses on the humdrum
Dean Cavanagh
If you look at the films that I’ve done generally, you would probably get an idea of what I’m most interested in, and if ever I do something unusual like a science fiction film or an action film or a comedy or something, then that to me feels like a step to the side to do something different.
Guy Pearce
My love of science fiction comes from the idea of being able to explore ideas and concepts to an either logical or illogical extreme.
David Hewlett
I started writing short stories. I tried writing horror, mystery, science fiction. I joined a little critique group here in town and ran my stories past them. After about three years, I tackled my first novel, Subterranean. It took me 11 months to write.
James Rollins
I was clasified as a ‘Science Fiction’ writer simply because I wrote about Schenectady.
Kurt Vonnegut
Science fiction can be exciting and very gripping, but it doesn’t tell us anything about the universe in which we live.
Stephen Hawking
It’s often better to read first-rate science fiction than second-rate science – it’s far more stimulating, and perhaps no more likely to be wrong.
Martin Rees
Science fiction is something I never understood.
John Waters
I am a science fiction enthusiast, really, deep down.
Ridley Scott
My personal feeling about science fiction is that it’s always in some way connected to the real world, to our everyday world.
Elizabeth Moon
I’ve called science fiction ‘reality ahead of schedule’
Syd Mead
The romantic appeal of solar sailing has ensured that its advocates consistently come from the worlds of both science fiction and science fact.
Thomas Mallon
Science fiction is essentially a kind of fiction in which people learn more about how to live in the real world, visiting imaginary worlds unlike our own in order to investigate, by way of pleasurable thought-experiments, how things might be done differently.
Brian Stableford
Fantasy and science fiction are my comfort spot.
Marie Lu
And we should keep our minds open, or at least ajar, to concepts on the fringe of science fiction. Flaky American futurologists aren’t always wrong. They remind us that a superintelligent machine is the last instrument that humans may ever design – the machine will itself take over in making further steps.
Martin Rees
Most people have made this mistake of thinking Middle-earth is a particular kind of earth or is another planet of the science fiction sort but it’s just an old fashioned word for this world we live in, as imagined surrounded by the Ocean.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Some people say they’re gathering DNA. Perhaps they’re gathering it for the future when the human race is stronger or weaker, who knows. That’s science fiction and mere speculation.
Alex Jones
As a science fiction fan, the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award mean a lot to me.
Liu Cixin
As a child I always steered clear of science fiction, but in the autumn of 1977, the bow-wave of publicity for the first ‘Star Wars’ movie had already reached me, so I was eager for anything science-fictional.
Philip Reeve
When ‘Blade Runner’ came out, and especially, even actually when ‘Alien’ came out, it kind of changed how all science fiction movies were designed after that. And that was a really great thing. Now we’re watching a lot of movies that are Xeroxes of Xeroxes of Xeroxes of Xeroxes of ‘Blade Runner.’
James Gunn
The best science fiction is as good as the best fiction in any field.
Theodore Sturgeon
Carlton Mellick III is one of bizarro fiction’s most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale.
Cory Doctorow
So much American science fiction is parochial – not as true now as it was years ago, but the assumption is one culture in the future, more or less like ours, and with the same ideals, the same notions of how to do things, just bigger and flashier technology. Well, you know darn well it doesn’t work that way.
Poul Anderson
Sometimes people talk about conflict between humans and machines, and you can see that in a lot of science fiction. But the machines were creating are not some invasion from Mars. We create these tools to expand our own reach.
Ray Kurzweil
In science fiction, basic doubts featured prominently in the worlds of Philip K. Dick. I knew Phil for 25 years, and he was always getting onto me, a scientist. He was a great fan of quantum uncertainty, epistemology in science, the lot.
Gregory Benford
I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I’m not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.
Jean M. Auel
If you’re going to make a science fiction movie, then have a hover craft chase, for God’s sake.
Joss Whedon
Science fiction writers put characters into a world with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
Rudy Rucker
Comics also led a lot of young people to science fiction.
Kerry James Marshall
I was not into sci-fi, science fiction, at all. I was into some of the old pirate films with Burt Lancaster and stuff. I liked them.
Mads Mikkelsen
I love science fiction but especially his because it’s so humane.
Alice Hoffman
We do a hard fantasy as well as hard science fiction, and I think I probably single-handedly recreated military science fiction. It was dead before I started working in it.
Jerry Pournelle
I had bohemian parents in Seattle in the last ’60s living in a houseboat. My dad wrote science fiction novels and painted big murals and oil paintings.
Rainn Wilson
Seldom does a storytelling talent come along as potent and fully mature as Mike Brotherton. His complex characters take you on a voyage that is both fiercely credible and astonishingly imaginative. This is Science Fiction.
David Brin
Social progress is a big thing for me. Although science fiction is traditionally concerned with the hard sciences, which is chemistry, physics, and, some might argue, biology, my father was and still is a social scientist at the University of Toronto.
Robert J. Sawyer
One of the nice things about science fiction is that it lets us carry out thought experiments.
Rudy Rucker
Quite often, intent on conveying how things can go wrong for a culture (science fiction) or an individual (horror) or all of magical creation (fantasy), works of fantastika often preclude comedy, because humor gets in the way of messages of doom or struggle.
Paul Di Filippo
Counterfeit Kings is the King Lear of space operas. Science fiction has a fresh, new, no-nonsense voice and his name is Adam Connell.
Steven-Elliot Altman
Science fiction fans are awesome – they love you so much that they’ll watch anything you do, even if it’s complete crap. I never dreamed that I would go to conventions and sit down and have coffee with a Klingon. It’s so weird, but it’s my life.
Katee Sackhoff
I see myself as a novelist, period. I mean, the material I work with is what is classified as science fiction and fantasy, and I really don’t think about these things when I’m writing. I’m just thinking about telling a story and developing my characters.
Roger Zelazny
The science fiction approach doesn’t mean it’s always about the future; it’s an awareness that this is different.
Neal Stephenson
There is a document in every novel in the world. Even in the most fantastic novel, even in science fiction, there is a documentary side. But, this side is not the crux of the matter.
Amos Oz
Physics is often stranger than science fiction, and I think science fiction takes its cues from physics: higher dimensions, wormholes, the warping of space and time, stuff like that.
Michio Kaku
I spent my youth reading books in which corporations became governments, it’s an old idea in science fiction.
Hank Green
I was born in 1950 and watched science fiction and horror movies on TV and was always really fascinated by them.
Rick Baker
Science fiction literature’s focus is on ideas, the concept of change, and the impact on humanity. Those concepts are hard to capture on film. They work better in the mind.
James Gunn
I define science fiction as fiction in which things happen that are not possible today – that depend, for instance, on advanced space travel, time travel, the discovery of green monsters on other planets or galaxies, or that contain various technologies we have not yet developed.
Margaret Atwood
I read science fiction every single day of my life. It’s my primary love.
Twinkle Khanna
There is nothing to be learned from history anymore. We’re in science fiction now.
Allen Ginsberg
Science fiction is about things that plausibly might happen. Grounding my work in the real world helps make that clear.
Robert J. Sawyer
I’ve always been a reader of science fiction, and I have loved a lot of feminist science fiction.
Naomi Alderman
There’s a big overlap with the people you meet at the fantasy and science fiction cons.
Fred Saberhagen
Purdom has created a major body of work. Thoughtful, humane, intelligent, extrapolative, involving, his stories are exactly the sort of thing our genre exists to make possible. If you don’t like Tom Purdom, you don’t like science fiction. Period.
Michael Swanwick
I read a lot of science fiction and biography – these are my two favorite genres. My favorite science fiction writers are Hertling, Suarez, Gibson and Stephenson, but I enjoy many others. I dislike reading business books, although I skim a lot of them.
Brad Feld
I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of it is crud.
Theodore Sturgeon
I never could read science fiction. I was just uninterested in it. And you know, I don’t like to read novels where the hero just goes beyond what I think could exist. And it doesn’t interest me because I’m not learning anything about something I’ll actually have to deal with.
James D. Watson
I’d love to do a movie where the monster is human, where the issue is not otherworldly, or horror or science fiction.
J. J. Abrams
Once confined to fantasy and science fiction, time travel is now simply an engineering problem.
Michio Kaku
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself “well, that’s not going to happen
Rita Rudner
I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction, this is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
As a kid, I went from reading kids’ books to reading science fiction to reading, you know, adult fiction. There was never any gap. YA was a thing when I was a teenager, but it was a library category, not a marketing category, and you never really felt like it was a huge section.
John Allison
I would ask, ‘Have you read ‘1984’? Have you read ‘Brave New World’? If so, I’m sorry, but you read science fiction.’
Carrie Vaughn
Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science.
Walter Jon Williams
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
Theodore Sturgeon
Science fiction really is the only genre that lets you use your imagination without limitations.
Steven Spielberg
I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn’t speak any Russian. He didn’t care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
Francis Ford Coppola
When I was a young writer if you went to a party and told somebody you were a science-fiction writer you would be insulted. They would call you Flash Gordon all evening, or Buck Rogers.
Ray Bradbury
Science fiction makes the implausible possible, while science fantasy makes the impossible plausible.
Rod Serling
The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction.
Frederik Pohl
We live on a minute island of known things. Our undiminished wonder at the mystery which surrounds us is what makes us human. In science fiction we can approach that mystery, not in small, everyday symbols, but in bigger ones of space and time.
Damon Knight
In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities.
Theodore Sturgeon
A science fiction writer should try to combine the intimately human with the grandly cosmic.
Robert J. Sawyer
The science fiction I write comes from a pretty deep pool of literature, not just from the reflection of other science fiction films, and I think that gives me somewhat deeper roots.
Jon Spaihts
As far as ‘Windup Girl’ becoming a hit – none of us expected that. ‘Night Shade’ was just hoping not to lose their shirts, and I had grown up hearing from everyone that science fiction didn’t sell, so all of our expectations were very low.
Paolo Bacigalupi
Fantasy is the oldest form of literature and science fiction is just a new twist on it.
Katharine Kerr
In really, really good science fiction the line between the science and the fiction is blurry.
Damon Lindelof
Science fiction is a great way to pretend you are writing about the future when in reality you are attacking the recent past and the present. You can criticize communists, racists, fascists or any other clear and present danger, and they can’t imagine you are writing about them.
Ray Bradbury
Modern science fiction is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of the changes that face us.
Isaac Asimov
There are so many stories to tell in the worlds of science fiction, the worlds of fantasy and horror that to confine yourself to even doing historical revisionist fiction, whatever you want to call it – mash-ups, gimmick lit, absurdist fiction – I don’t know if I want to do that anymore.
Seth Grahame-Smith
I think readers nowadays are happy to have genres blurred. We’re seeing that on screen too: The Pirates of the Caribbean mashes up history and fantasy, Cowboys and Aliens mixes the Western and the Science Fiction genres.
Colette Freedman
The reason that I like SF and fantasy and horror is that to me it’s the pulp wing of surrealism. That’s the aesthetic of undermining and creative alienation that I really go for.
China Mieville
I was hardly fit for human society. Thus destiny shaped me to be a science fiction writer.
Brian Aldiss
I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.
Octavia E. Butler
Until I was 16, I read nothing but science fiction. I loved William Gibson and I still do. But my favourite book when I was growing up, for a long time, was ‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson, which I must have read about a dozen times when I was a teenager.
Ned Beauman
Lots of science fiction deals with distant times and places. Intrepid prospectors in the Asteroid Belt. Interstellar epics. Galactic empires. Trips to the remote past or future.
Edward M. Lerner
Ours is the first generation that has grown up with science-fiction ideas.
Carl Sagan
Well I don’t think of myself as like a horror or science fiction filmmaker. I just think of myself as a filmmaker.
Panos Cosmatos
Science Fiction is the jazz of literature.
David Brin
One of the things that I love so much about fantasy and science fiction is that the weirdness that it creates is always at its best completely its own end and also metaphorically and symbolically laden.
China Mieville
I don’t think of myself as being particulary a subversive writer, but I like to think that my work could afford someone else, the extra degree of freedom that I found when I first found science fiction.
William Gibson
Anybody who grew up with the space program is a fan of science fiction.
Bill Nye
I hate the whole Гјbermensch, superman temptation that pervades science fiction. I believe no protagonist should be so competent, so awe-inspiring, that a committee of 20 really hard-working, intelligent people couldn’t do the same thing.
David Brin
I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy – not so much horror because I get a bit scared.
Michael Sheen
There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.
Elizabeth Moon
In the 1950s, we had all these B-grade science-fiction movies. The point was to scare the public and get them to buy popcorn. No attempt was made to create movies that were somewhat inherent to the truth.
Michio Kaku
Science fiction has done a really good job of scaring us into thinking that computers shouldn’t get too smart, because as soon as they get really smart, they’re going to take over the world and kill us, or something like that. But why would they do that?
Luis von Ahn
Science fiction is hard to define because it is the literature of change and it changes while you are trying to define it.
Tom Shippey
I don’t put a very clear label on my work. If anything, I write science fiction – looking at a moment now, in the present, and then extrapolating outward to think about what the future might look like if this particular trend goes on, or if this particular trend is the most dominant. That’s a science fictional tool.
Paolo Bacigalupi
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Douglas Adams
Science fiction has a way of letting you talk about where we are in the world and letting you be a bit of a pop philosopher without being didactic.
Brit Marling
When I was a kid, I was a big science fiction fan, but current horror books were harder to get your hands on.
John Darnielle
Science fiction annoyed me because it was like, “Why is the world as it is not enough for you?”
Malcolm Gladwell
If it has horses and swords in it, it’s a fantasy, unless it also has a rocketship in it, in which case it becomes science fiction. The only thing that’ll turn a story with a rocketship in it back into fantasy is the Holy Grail.
Debra Doyle
As his talent expands, some of his stories become pointed social commentary; some are surprisingly effective religious tracts, disguised as science fiction. Others still are nostalgic vignettes, but under it all is still Bradbury, the poet of 20th-century neurosis.
Damon Knight
I like to come back to the science fiction of Stanislaw Lem. He is comforting but also funny, and although I know his books, there’s always something new to discover.
Olga Tokarczuk
As a very young writer – kindergarten through about fifth grade – I most often wrote about black characters. My very early stories were science fiction and fantasy, with kids stowing away on spaceships and a girl named Tilly who was trying to get into the ‘Guinness Book of World Records.’
Tananarive Due
I thought it must be pure science fiction. But when I checked it out I found a lot of magazine articles that actually supported the theory behind the book which was incredible. That’s when I decided to acquire the rights of the book and everything went from there.
Roland Emmerich
I have always loved science fiction. One of my favorite shows is ‘Star Trek.’ I like the trips, where it drops my mind off, because they give you a premise and all of a sudden, you say, ‘Oh!’ and I’m fascinated by it.
Leslie Nielsen
In all my science fiction movies, I try to blend the familiar with the futuristic so as not to be too off-putting to the audience. There is always something familiar they can grab onto.
David Twohy
When it comes to the things that people really want in science fiction – like space travel – the simplest things end up causing them not to happen. Humans are 100-pound bags of water, built to live on Earth.
Lawrence M. Krauss
My dad used to tell me stories about aliens and UFOs when I was a kid and I was fascinated by science fiction and aliens.
Tom Fletcher
I want to do science fiction with dark stories.
Kim Jee-woon
[A] science fiction story is one which presupposes a technology, or an effect of technology, or a disturbance in the natural order, such as humanity, up to the time of writing, has not in actual fact, experienced.
Edmund Crispin
I can see why you like it here,” he said,making a sweeping gesture that encompassed Kyle’s collection of movie posters and science fiction books. “There’s a thin layer of nerd all over everything.” said Jace. “Thanks. I appreciate that.” Simon gave Jace a hard look.
Cassandra Clare
I’ve always believed in the power of rational thinking and behavior as the savior of the world, and science fiction as a powerful medium to encourage that, which explains my signature line, ‘Let’s save the world through science fiction.’
James Gunn
For reasons probably related to the popular vision of Albert Einstein and, also, the threat posed by black holes in comic books and science fiction, our gravitational wave discoveries have had an amazing public impact.
Rainer Weiss
Fantasy/science-fiction stories have been around almost as long as each genre, but every hybrid now lives in the shadow of ‘Star Wars.’
Brian K. Vaughan
Fantasy and science fiction can be literal as well as allegorical and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a monster like a giant squid for what it is, as well as searching for metaphor.
China Mieville
My advice is to write about what you are interested in. If you read science fiction and fantasy, then write in that genre. If you read romance novels, then try writing one.
Michael Scott
In fantasy, impossible things exist. In science fiction, impossible things exist and can be understood by humans. In supernatural horror, impossible things exist and cannot live in peace with humans.
Will Shetterly
I love the writing of Walter Tevis and what he views as the possibilities of science rather than science fiction.
Roger Deakins
In France, it’s always about life, normal life. We always stick with these realistic things. So when French people are dreaming about American movies, they go and see the thrillers, and Westerns, and science fiction, huge entertaining movies.
Berenice Bejo
Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet.
Vinton Cerf
I was born in California, raised a vegetarian, and love science fiction, so don’t tell me how I need to be in order to fit your standards.
Aisha Tyler
I think what’s happening is, it’s all – fantasy, science fiction, ghosts, trolls, whatever – finally being called, being admitted to be literature. The way it used to be, before the Realists and the bloody Modernists took over.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I used to read a lot of science fiction when I was younger.
Lawrence M. Krauss
Science fiction I’ve always been a fan of.
Jason Statham
And I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, especially apocalyptic and postapocalyptic fiction.
Justin Cronin
The oft-heard comment that Leonardo [da Vinci]’s genius managed to transcend the culture of his time is amply justified. But his was not a science-fiction voyage into the future as much as a plunge into the past.
Lucio Russo
I think a lot of kids get scared by ‘E.T.’ Sometimes when I do the science-fiction conventions, I’ll have a 35-year-old guy with tatts and piercings all over, and he comes up and says, ‘You know, it scared me so much I still can’t watch it.
Dee Wallace
It does sound like a science fiction story and I may sound like one of these guys who walks up and down with a sandwich board saying the end of the world is nigh, but the end is nigh.
Lembit Opik
I find science so much more fascinating than science fiction. It also has the advantage of being true.
Carl Sagan
Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
Ray Bradbury
I don’t write science fiction. I’ve only done one science fiction book and that’s Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal.
Ray Bradbury
I read a lot of science fiction, but I also mixed it up with a lot of other genres: crime, literary fiction, as well as nonfiction. Author-wise, I’m a fan of Stephen King, Lauren Beukes, Robert McCammon, Raymond Chandler, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Gail Simone, among many others.
Adam Christopher
For the last 30 years our cinemas have been ruled by science fiction and horror. We’ve had some very good Fantasy films in that time period, but for my tastes I still haven’t seen fantasy done to absolute perfection. That is the hope I have in this project.
Harry Knowles
In the century-long history of Chinese science fiction, apocalyptic themes were mostly absent. This was especially true in the period before the 1990s, when Chinese science fiction, isolated from the influence of the West, developed on its own.
Liu Cixin
I never, as a reader, have been particularly interested in dystopian literature or science fiction or, in fact, fantasy.
Lois Lowry
In high school and college, I started to read more and write science fiction myself. I was fully engaged in writing in the 1990s.
Liu Cixin
I’m very picky with what I read. It’s a specific genre of science fiction.
Robert Whittaker
Why don’t they make more science fiction movies? The answer to any question starting, Why don’t they- is almost always, Money.
Robert A. Heinlein
Science fictions are suppressed only when likely to contribute more knowledge and freedom than the defensive orthodoxies they challenge.
Timothy Leary
I had a list of things that science fiction, particularly American science fiction, to me seemed to do with tedious regularity. One was to not have strong female protagonists. One was to envision the future, whatever it was, as America.
William Gibson
It’s part of a cycle of stories I’m writing where I deconstruct classic science fiction.
Cory Doctorow
I’ve always loved massive worlds, whether in fantasy or science fiction. I like the idea of making my own rules as well as utilizing everything that I love or inspires me. It’s very freeing to know you can write a story that can be as big as your own imagination.
Victoria Aveyard
To me, science fiction is about the sense of mystery, the sense of awe. Not ‘shock and awe’, just ‘awe.’
J. Michael Straczynski
The wages Haiti requires by law belong in the department of science fiction: actual wages on coffee plantations vary from $.07 to $.15 a day
Eduardo Galeano
Fantasy deals with the immeasurable while science-fiction deals with the measurable.
Walter Wangerin
Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ is a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn’t have the answers.
Roger Ebert
Science Fiction is a branch of children’s literature.
Thomas M. Disch
When I die, I’m leaving my body to science fiction.
Steven Wright
I loved reading all kinds of books, but I particularly loved books like ‘Red Planet’ by Robert Heinlein, which very few people read anymore but is a wonderful science fiction story.
Rebecca Stead
As a science fiction and fantasy writer, I used to love writing bleak, grimdark futures full of bleak, grimdark people. But I’ve found that as the world around me darkens, all I really want to do is grasp for more light.
Kameron Hurley
I definitely gravitate towards quality genre projects and genre of any kind whether it’s science fiction, horror or really anything. I’m just drawn to quality. I don’t think ‘Darkness Falls’ is horror; there isn’t any gore by any stretch of the imagination.
Emma Caulfield
At 18, my first short story was published – I was paid a penny a word by a science fiction magazine. I continued to write, and five years later I published my first novel, ‘Sweetwater.’
Laurence Yep
A lot of science fiction is very accessible and very readable, but a lot of people are justifiably put off by the covers of spaceships – though that never put me off.
Alastair Reynolds
Science fiction is a literary field crowded with strong opinions, and no SF novelist delivered himself more memorably of his views – on politics, sexuality, religion, and many other contentious topics – than Robert Heinlein.
Paul Di Filippo
I think that the idea of people wanting to steal your genome remains a little bit in the world of science fiction. It’s a new technology, and it’s new science that people are becoming familiar with. It’s critical for us to do everything we can to enable the privacy level that people want.
Anne Wojcicki
Science fiction has these obsessions with certain sciences – large scale engineering, neuroscience.
Paolo Bacigalupi
I was always into science fiction as a kid. I loved science and tinkering with things.
David Hanson
I think what Stargate has going for it is a sense of humor about their science fiction.
David Hewlett
I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time.
Octavia E. Butler
We range widely, we readers of fiction, but I think we all need a home. Mine is science fiction. It’s my home shelf, my homeland, my home planet, my essential genre.
Robin Sloan
For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects.
Gene Roddenberry
I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.
Octavia Butler
I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible.
Ray Bradbury
Science fiction is one of the smartest genres around because you have to have so much forethought.
Amanda Schull
When I was 7 years old, I plagiarized, word for word, stories from science fiction magazines so my teachers would think I was smart.
James Altucher
I have 20 or 30 books completely plotted out in my mind – mysteries, thrillers, horror, romance, science fiction. You name it.
Christopher Paolini
I can’t do fiction unless I visualize what’s going on. When I began to write science fiction, one of the things I found lacking in it was visual specificity. It seemed there was a lot of lazy imagining, a lot of shorthand.
William Gibson
The general public still thinks that science fiction has nothing to do with their day-to-day lives.
Robert J. Sawyer
Star Trek wouldn’t die. There were a whole lot of young people who were touched by the thought process of science fiction. If you watched a cop show, there wasn’t anything that was going to stimulate your mind.
Gary Lockwood
Within a science fictional space, memory and regret are, when taken together, the set of necessary and sufficient elements required to produce a time machine.
Charles Yu
I like science fiction. I took all the accelerated classes in school. I’m kind of a dork.
Anson Mount
Hollywood wants to go for the flash, because that’s what a lot of them think science fiction is.
Octavia E. Butler
Since I was really little, I’ve just always had an obsession with, not just science fiction, but science and space. And also because as time passes and the more advanced science becomes, the more interesting it becomes.
I’ve always thought of science fiction as being, at some level, a 19th-century business.
Robert Reed
Science fiction is about extrapolation, looking back through history, spotting a trend, and predicting where it will go.
Robert J. Sawyer
I’m fond of science fiction. But not all science fiction. I like science fiction where there’s a scientific lesson, for example – when the science fiction book changes one thing but leaves the rest of science intact and explores the consequences of that. That’s actually very valuable.
Richard Dawkins
Most science fiction seemed to be written for people who already liked science fiction; I wanted to write stories for anyone, anywhere, living at any time in the history of the world.
Michael Chabon
I’m a storyteller, and there’s some genres I like. I don’t think I’m ever going to do science fiction, but I want to do a musical one day. I want to tell stories, I don’t really try to get boxed in by a specific genre.
Spike Lee
I think the thing is with a movie that has this much science fiction in it; you need characters who are more science fact, if you know what I mean, than they are human.
Joe Morton
When I was starting out, science fiction was a little genre over there, which only a few people read. But now — where are you going to put, for example, Salman Rushdie? Or any of the South American writers? Most people get by calling them magical realists.
Doris Lessing
I’m not a very big fan of science fiction. I think that I’m a very big fan of living in the physical world.
Pranav Mistry
Does it strike you, Mr. Keller, that we live every day in the science fiction of our youth?
Robert Charles Wilson
The thing that’s interesting about science fiction is that it is always, when it is done well, a lens on our world. And yet it is a metaphor.
Simon Kinberg
If you ask people whether a computer can be smarter than a human, 99.9 percent will say that’s science fiction. Actually, it’s inevitable. It’s guaranteed to happen.
Anthony Levandowski
I don’t remember learning to read, but the first thing I remember reading is a science fiction novel.
Vonda N. McIntyre
If you take the shackles off your imagination, you can go anywhere with science fiction.
Lani Tupu
Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism.
David G. Hartwell
There’s more to research than just looking up facts. Eventually, you have to make subjective calls. If you’re writing a science fiction novel, there’s probably some speculative technology in it. You’ll have to decide how to project existing technology forward in a plausible way.
Andy Weir
I read mostly science-fiction and fantasy when I was a teenager, and I was always drawn to stories where the characters had telepathic powers.
Ruth Glick
I had decided after ‘Hollow Man’ to stay away from science fiction. I felt I had done so much science fiction. Four of the six movies I made in Hollywood are science-fiction oriented, and even ‘Basic Instinct’ is kind of science fiction.
Paul Verhoeven
If you take 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of somebody who creates a new language in film by what he was able to accomplish with art direction, photography, lighting, etc., it is still a gold standard for science fiction.
Matthew Modine
Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
Joan D. Vinge
I consider science fiction and fantasy my genre. And I’ve noticed over the years that there doesn’t tend to be a lot of lighthearted, comedic stuff.
Gail Carriger
I do love science-fiction and horror movies.
Nicolas Ghesquiere
When I was a kid, my grandparents were Greek immigrants on my father’s side. My grandfather used to read me Greek myths, in which there are a great many goddesses and stories of strong women. And I was entranced by them. Then I started reading science fiction very young, and I loved it.
Laeta Kalogridis
There’s no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
David Brin
I don’t think working in superheroes is slumming it. I’m proud of this form. I like this. There’s nothing inherently masculine about power fantasies. There’s nothing inherently masculine about superhero comics. There’s nothing inherently masculine about mythology. About science fiction.
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Despite what everyone thinks about science fiction, ultimately, at its best, it’s about human beings with human emotions.
Greig Fraser
Science is my territory, but science fiction is the landscape of my dreams.
Freeman Dyson
I find it’s bizarre that science fiction is the one branch of television to push the idea of strong female characters. And I only call it bizarre because strong women aren’t fiction.
Steven Moffat
Starring in a science-fiction film doesn’t mean you have to act science fiction.
Harrison Ford
I’m not really a science-fiction fan, I quite like the idea of getting away from the science-fiction side of it, for two episodes. It was lovely, it was a super story and great fun.
Sarah Sutton
We are in a tech-heavy society, plunging headlong into an unknown future. Science fiction is what allows you to stand back and analyze the impact of that and put it in context of how it affects people.
J. Michael Straczynski
I think horror or science fiction is another way of telling a modern myth – it’s like Ancient Greece; it’s like kids couldn’t wait for the next ‘Orpheus’ story, the next ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’
Reg E. Cathey
When I was a kid, I had no perception whatever that science fiction was supposed to be a boys’ club.
Ann Leckie
Science fiction is not about the freedom of imagination. It’s about a free imagination pinched and howling in a vise that other people call real life.
Bruce Sterling
It cannot be said often enough that science fiction as a genre is incredibly educational – and I’m speaking the written science fiction, not ‘Star Trek.’ Science fiction writers tend to fill their books if they’re clever with little bits of interesting stuff and real stuff.
Terry Pratchett
One of the things I’ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you’d never have thought about before.
Jo Walton
I like science fiction and physics, things like that. Planets being sucked into black holes, and the various vortexes that create possibility, and what happens on the other side of the black hole. To me it’s the microcosmic study of the macrocosmic universe in man, and that’s why I’m attracted to it.
Wesley Snipes
I never would have guessed I would be making science fiction and horror films.
Matt Reeves
I have a kind of standard explanation why, which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of making sense out of a senseless world.
John Sladek
Incidentally, I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the great science fiction writer and biochemist Dr. Isaac Asimov. John Updike, who is religious, says I talk more about God than any seminarian. Socialism is, in fact, a form of Christianity, people wishing to imitate Christ.
Kurt Vonnegut
Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.
Eric Hoffer
I’m not opposed to doing science fiction or comedy, but there has to be respect. I refuse to be the joke, the fat woman joke, in any movie. I’ve turned down roles.
Darlene Cates
I love science fiction.
Pam Grier
Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
J. G. Ballard
I feel like science fiction is so much more mainstream now than it has been. And I feel like that’s because technology has caught up with us.
Alaina Huffman
Whenever I read a contemporary literary novel that describes the world we’re living in, I wait for the science fiction tools to come out. Because they have to – the material demands it.
William Gibson
The thing about science fiction is that it’s totally wide open. But it’s wide open in a conditional way.
Octavia E. Butler
The Golden Age of science fiction is thirteen.
Terry Carr
You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.
L. Ron Hubbard
It may be far in the future, but there’s some kind of logical way to get from where we are to where the science fiction is.
Elizabeth Moon
I actually am grateful for Freddy Krueger, because the big surprise to me – with that sort of double punch of science fiction TV series and then the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ phenomenon – was that I got an international celebrity out of it.
Robert Englund
In ‘Cosmicomics,’ I came close to science fiction – I was inspired by cosmological subjects and the workings of the universe and invented a character who was a sort of witness to everything that was happening inside the solar system.
Italo Calvino
Science fiction is the field that explores how change can affect us, for well or ill.
David Brin
You can tell the date of an old science fiction novel by every word on the page. Nothing dates harder and faster and more strangely than the future.
Neil Gaiman
The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
Frank Herbert
I’d never been to a science-fiction convention until I became a professional writer.
China Mieville
[Science fiction is] the attempt to deal rationally with alternate possibilities in a manner which will be entertaining.
Lester del Rey