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Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.
Fiction is not necessarily about what you know, it's about how you feel. That is the truth about fiction, and the other truth is that all science is a tool, and we use our tools not to actualise what we know, but to implement how we feel.
Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.
I am consumed, or I have been consumed, with these issues of motherhood and the way we act out societal expectations and roles. So both my nonfiction and my fiction have been pretty much exclusively about that.
I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
Alain de Botton
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.
Philip K. Dick
Non-fiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylised recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
One of the strangest features of string theory is that it requires more than the three spatial dimensions that we see directly in the world around us. That sounds like science fiction, but it is an indisputable outcome of the mathematics of string theory.
'Star Wars' is more fairy tale than true science fiction.
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
My point has always been that, ever since the Industrial Revolution, science fiction has been the most important genre there is.
I got into science fiction by being interested in astronomy first.
Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction.
I am honorary President of the American Humanist Society, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that utterly functionless capacity. We Humanists behave as well as we can, without any rewards or punishments in an Afterlife.
As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.
Charles W. Chesnutt
There are still some terrible cliches in the presentation of Indian fiction. The lotus flower. The hennaed hands. In mainland Europe, people still slap these images on my books and I go bananas.
The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way.
Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Dramatic fiction - William Shakespeare made his biggest mark writing dramatic love stories.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
If we are too friendly to nice, decent bishops, we run the risk of buying into the fiction that there's something virtuous about believing things because of faith rather than because of evidence. We run the risk of betraying scientific enlightenment.
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
In every other science fiction series, humans are at the top of the food chain. In the 'Babylon 5' universe, they're in the bottom third.
J. Michael Straczynski
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.
Saint Francis de Sales
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