„You need to read more science fiction. Nobody who reads science fiction comes out with this crap about the end of history“

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Iain M. Banks
1954 - 2013

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„One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008

As quoted in The Making of Kubrick's 2001 (1970) by Jerome Agel, p. 300
1970s
Contexto: One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Two-thirds of 2001 is realistic — hardware and technology — to establish background for the metaphysical, philosophical, and religious meanings later.

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„Science Fiction is the fiction of ideas.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

The Paris Review interview (2010)
Contexto: Science Fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. 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.

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„What they [critics of Lessing's switch to science fiction] didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time.“

—  Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013

Boston Book Review interview by Harvey Blume http://www.dorislessing.org/boston.html (February 1998)

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„There is more to a science fiction story than the science it contains. There is also the story.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

Robot Dreams (1986), introduction
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„A rustic setting always suggests fantasy; to suggest science fiction, you need sheet metal and plastic. You need rivets.“

—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

Quoted by Mary Robinette Kowal in " Precogs and Ray Guns Have No Place In True SciFi http://blogs.amctv.com/scifi-scanner/2009/09/science-fantasy.php".
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„There is no such thing as science fiction, there is only science eventuality.“

—  Steven Spielberg American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur 1946

The Making of Jurassic Park

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„Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.“

—  Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004

"The Imagination of Disaster" from Against Interpretation and Other Essays (1966), p. 212
Against Interpretation and Other Essays (1966)

„The science fiction stories are not for the promotion of science and are not only science stories; but stories.“

—  Media Kashigar Iranian translator, writer and poet 1956 - 2017

Fonte: Iranian Students News Agency, 2004 http://www.isna.ir/news/8307-08004/%D9%85%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%B4%D9%8A%DA%AF%D8%B1-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%83%D9%87-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%B7-%D9%86%D9%88%D9%8A%D8%B3%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A-%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%B1

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„The science fiction approach doesn't mean it's always about the future; it's an awareness that this is different.“

—  Neal Stephenson American science fiction writer 1959

A Conversation With Neal Stephenson http://www.sfsite.com/10b/ns67.htm

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