„Strange reading? It is meant to be. The world is full of romantic, macabre, improbable things which would never do in works of fiction.“
„I never read contemporary fiction – with one exception: the works of Simenon concerned with Inspector Maigret.“
— Georges Simenon Belgian writer 1903 - 1989
T. S. Eliot in the Sunday Times, 1952; cited from David Chinitz T. S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003) p. 56
„The story you are about to read is a work of fiction. Nothing - and everything - about it is real.“
— Todd Strasser American author of young-adult and middle grade novels 1950
„Strangely, although the world is already full of fearful things, mortals seems always to hunt for new worries.“
— Tad Williams novelist 1957
Chapter 13, “The Fallen Sun” (p. 307).
„IF YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED to reading works of speculative fiction and enjoy puzzling things out on your own, skip this Note. Otherwise, know that the scene in which this book is set is not Earth, but a planet called Arbre that is similar to Earth in many ways.“
— Neal Stephenson American science fiction writer 1959
Note to the Reader
„We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author.“
— John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821
Context: Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses: we read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author. Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds (May 3, 1818)
„I hear you jeering. Pfui. Those of you who know my work only from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE may not be aware that I was once considered the most romantic science fiction writer of the 70s, back when I was doing my Thousand Worlds stuff.“
— George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948
On romance in science fiction and fantasy, in his blog http://grrm.livejournal.com/126645.html (January 2010)
„I happen to believe that most of the important things in the material world start out as fiction. That everything around us was once fiction – before there was the table there was the idea of a table, and the idea of a table before tables was fiction. This is the most important world, the world of fictional things. That’s the world where all this starts.“
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: A god is the idea of a god. The idea of a god is a god. The idea of Glycon is Glycon, if I can enhance that idea with an anaconda and a speaking tube, fair enough. I am unlikely to start believing that this glove puppet created the universe. It’s a fiction, all gods are fiction. It’s just that I happen to think that fiction’s real. Or that it has its own reality, that is just as valid as ours. I happen to believe that most of the important things in the material world start out as fiction. That everything around us was once fiction – before there was the table there was the idea of a table, and the idea of a table before tables was fiction. This is the most important world, the world of fictional things. That’s the world where all this starts.
— Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976
— Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923
Context: My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models. "Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society", in Edge (8 August 2007) http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge219.html#dysonf
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
— Don McLean American Singer and songwriter 1945
Context: Weathered faces lined in pain Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand. For they could not love you, But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night You took your life as lovers often do, But I could have told you, Vincent, This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.
— Mohammad Hidayatullah 11th Chief Justice of India 1905 - 1992
When a colleague in the court had sent him disparaging remarks on the sides and as a foot note on his draft of a judgement with the comment “Please do not read the marginal comments. They are not for your eyes."