China Mieville

  • Apr. 14th, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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I refuse to play the wink-wink-nudge-nudge game with readers. I don’t like whimsy because it doesn’t treat the fantastic seriously, and treating the fantastic seriously is one of the best ways of celebrating dialectical human consciousness there is... The best fantasies—which include SF and horror—are constructed with a careful dialectic between conscious and subconscious.

Ray Bradbury

  • Feb. 21st, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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I often use the metaphor of Perseus and the head of Medusa when I speak of science fiction. Instead of looking into the face of truth, you look over your shoulder into the bronze surface of a reflecting shield. Then you reach back with your sword and cut off the head of Medusa. Science fiction pretends to look into the future but it’s really looking at a reflection of what is already in front of us.

China Mievelle

  • Jan. 16th, 2013 at 8:32 PM
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There’s simultaneously something rigorous and something playful in genre. It’s about the positing of something impossible—whether not-yet-possible or never-possible—and then taking that impossibility and granting it its own terms and systematicity. It’s carnivalesque in its impossibility and overturning of reality, but it’s rationalist in that it pretends it is real. And it’s that second element which I think those who dip their toes in the SF pond so often forget. They think SF is “about” analogies, and metaphors, and so on. I refute that—I think that those are inevitable components, but it’s the surrendering to the impossible, the weird, that characterizes genre. Those flirting with SF don’t surrender to it; they distance themselves from it, and have a neon sub-text saying, “It’s okay, this isn’t really about spaceships or aliens, it’s about real life,” not understanding that it can be both, and would do the latter better if it was serious about the former.

Ray Bradbury

  • Jul. 11th, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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Science and machines can kill everyone off or be replaced. Myth, seen in mirrors, incapable of being touched, stays on. If it is not immortal, it almost seems such.

Ray Bradbury

  • Oct. 29th, 2010 at 12:14 AM
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Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

Orson Scott Card

  • Oct. 19th, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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A rustic setting always suggests fantasy; to suggest science fiction, you need sheet metal and plastic. You need rivets.

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