Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
-Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future
And that is the story of the boy who cried Dragon! Of course, when dragons sit around the campfire at night or tuck their children into bed, they tell the story of the dragon who cried Boy!
-Mike Resnick, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.
-Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World
Never fire a laser at a mirror.
-Larry Niven
The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.
-Larry Niven, Ringworld
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
-David Brin
We're all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we're seldom formally introduced.
-Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
-Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
Once, poets were magicians. Poets were… stronger than warriors or kings, stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
-Greg Bear
This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.
-Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!
-C.J. Cherryh
We seem to be young, in a very old Galaxy. We're like kids tiptoeing through a ruined mansion.
-Stephen Baxter, Ark
Even galaxy-spanning anarchist utopias of stupefying full-spectrum civilizational power have turf wars within their unacknowledged militaries.
-Iain M. Banks, Matter
Science fiction is often very far from escapism; in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
-Robert A. Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity
'Normal' is a dryer setting.
-Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
-Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.
-Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone
Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
-Ray Bradbury

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Neal Stephenson

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Galatea 2.2
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Signal to Noise
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Factoring Humanity
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Blood Music
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The Player of Games
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Bright Messengers
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Darwin's Radio
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Ken MacLeod

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The Calcutta Chromosome
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Dragon's Egg
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Brightness Reef
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The Chronoliths
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Look to Windward
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Greg Bear

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Moving Mars
Greg Bear

Moving Mars is a story of human courage and love set within the greater saga of a planetary...

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Timelike Infinity
Stephen Baxter

Timelike Infinity: the strange region at the end of time where the Xeelee, owners of the...

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Piers Anthony

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Iain M. Banks

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Across the Sea of Suns
Gregory Benford

From the Nebula Award-winning author comes a newly revised edition of this story in his...

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Great Sky River
Gregory Benford

The third novel in the award-winning author's classic Galactic Center series is available once...

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Sailing Bright Eternity
Gregory Benford

The continuing war between humans and mechs, artificial intelligences dedicated to the destruc...

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David Zindell

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Probability Moon
Nancy Kress

Humankind has expanded out into interstellar space using star gates-technological remnants...


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