Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy obviously get plenty of opportunities to speak about the work they write - and some of what they come up with can be really quite intriguing. So people - do you have a favourite quote about or from someone in SFF? (If not - go find some!). A few notable ones I like follow below.
"Keep violence in the mind where it belongs." Brian Aldiss  "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." and "The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale." - both Arthur C. Clarke  "I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way did not become still more complicated" Poul Anderson  "I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s, with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and cliched as Hollywood movies." Poppy Z. Brite  "It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope." Ursula K. Le Guin  "The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action." Frank Herbert.
T.H. White's Once and Future King talks about Morgan Le Fey, who neglected her children. T.H. White says: 'The bravest people are the ones who don't ... “Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically--to those who hardly think about us in return.”
I also think about TH White's parable of the animal fetuses, and how the boy-child figures that god made him exactly as he was for a reason, so no change was necessary. God answers him softly by saying, 'God bless you.' - I figure we could all use a little blessing now and again, when we chose to be simply ourselves.
“Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically--to those who hardly think about us in return.” Ouch! That stings, but I certainly like it because it can be applied as easily to friends, lovers, and parents (of their children) and not just the children of a neglectful mother as in Morgan Le Fey's case.
"The trouble with writing fiction is that it has to make sense, whereas real life doesn't." Iain M Banks
@Ironspider Ha ha ha that's a great one!
Another one of my favorite quotes is from Douglas Adams: The spaceship hung there in the air exactly the way a cinderblock does not. This line allows the mind to immediately see the ease at which a cinderblock would fall to the ground, and the spaceship was floating effortlessly in exactly the same natural way.
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