Quotations on Fiction

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I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: People, Fiction, Literature, Writers)

A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
- Edward Albee
(Keywords: Truth, Fact, Fiction, Play)

Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
- Brian Aldiss
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Scientists)

Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.
- Dorothy Allison
(Keywords: Truth, Fiction, Lies, Meaning)

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
- Martin Amis
(Keywords: Money, Strength, Addiction, Evil, Fiction, Mind)

We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet. That's the kind of conversations science fiction writers have when they get together. We don't talk about football or anything like that.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Football, Talk, Wine, Writers)

I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it. Then I'd go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Home, Science, Time, Work, Day, Fiction, Night, Reading, Research)

If you make a movie about Elizabeth I, how much of the dialogue is her real words? Audiences know when they go see a movie that it is fiction.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Keywords: Audiences, Fiction, Words)

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, May, Salvation, Today)

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Science, Catastrophes, Fiction, May, Problems, Writers)

Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life.
- Louis Auchincloss
(Keywords: Life, Fiction, Perfection)

My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Romance, Fiction, Press)

Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Astronomy, Fiction, Future, Physics, Ships, Space)

I could write historical fiction, or science fiction, or a mystery but since I find it fascinating to research the clues of some little know period and develop a story based on that, I will probably continue to do it.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Mystery, Research, Will)

I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Ideas, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Public)

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Truth, Fiction, Needs)

Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
- J. G. Ballard
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Literature, Reality)

People realize that Salieri is not the man we saw in the Amadeus movie. That man had no talent. It was a great movie, but the Salieri character was a big fiction.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Talent, People, Character, Fiction, Man)

What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: America, Fiction, World)

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Contradiction, Fiction, Will, World)

I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: Love, Fiction, Writing)

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Biography, Fact, Facts, Fiction, Writing)

They've also asked me now to start on another series that we're gonna do after this Frontier Earth. But it's not science fiction, it's more in the Mystery and Crime division and that's another area I'm very interested in.
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Keywords: Science, Crime, Earth, Fiction, Mystery, Now)

Science fiction encourages us to explore... all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Mind)

Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I've had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam... and I'm not happy to be right in all of those cases.
- David Brin
(Keywords: Science, Islam, Fiction, Right)

There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
- David Brin
(Keywords: Science, Doubt, English, Fiction, Training)

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.
- David Brin
(Keywords: Age, Change, Science, People, Fiction, Literature)

Some of the food in Liquor is food I've really eaten filtered through a veil of fiction.
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Keywords: Food, Fiction, Liquor)

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s, with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and cliched as Hollywood movies.
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Keywords: Movies, Effect, Fiction, Film, Hollywood, Horror, Writers)

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel, and it did become the first work of fiction on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
- Terry Brooks
(Keywords: Work, Books, Fiction, First, Trade)

I get offered a lot of science fiction work and there is a new project in the pipeline called Master Race, set in World War II, but that's a little way off yet.
- Jeremy Bulloch
(Keywords: Science, War, Work, Fiction, Project, Race, World, World war)

I would like to do a science fiction film some day. Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre, which at one time offered great musical opportunities.
- Carter Burwell
(Keywords: Science, Time, Day, Fiction, Film)

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction, I was very happy with it, because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Astronomy, Fantasy, Fiction, First, Interest)

The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Open)

While Fledging is a different type of book, The Parable series serve as cautionary tales. I wrote the Parable books because of the direction of the country. You can call it save the world fiction, but it clearly doesn't save anything.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Books, Country, Direction, Fiction, World)

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Interest, Writing)

I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Open)

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Time, Fiction, Reading, Writing)

I had read tons of science fiction. I was fascinated by other worlds, other environments. For me, it was fantasy, but it was not fantasy in the sense of pure escapism.
- James Cameron
(Keywords: Science, Escapism, Fantasy, Fiction, Sense)

Good fiction reveals feeling, refines events, locates importance and, though its methods are as mysterious as they are varied, intensifies the experience of living our own lives.
- Vincent Canby
(Keywords: Experience, Events, Feeling, Fiction, Importance, Living)

Hack fiction exploits curiosity without really satisfying it or making connections between it and anything else in the world.
- Vincent Canby
(Keywords: Curiosity, Fiction, World)

There's a reason why every human society has fiction. It teaches us how to be 'good,' to behave in a way that is for the benefit of the whole community.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Society, Community, Fiction, Reason)

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid. If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up, I would have laughed in your face.
- Caleb Carr
(Keywords: Artist, Fiction, Nothing, Writer)

I have taught history on the high school and college levels, and am or have been a lecturer at the Smithsonian, The National Institutes of Health, and numerous colleges and universities, mostly on science fiction and technology subjects.
- Jack L. Chalker
(Keywords: History, Science, Technology, Health, College, Fiction, School)

Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.
- Raymond Chandler
(Keywords: Art, Desire, End, Fiction, Nothing, Writer)

For some reason, I seem to be bothered whenever I see acts of injustice and assaults on people's civil liberties. I imagine what I write in the future will follow in that vein. Whether it's fiction or non-fiction.
- Iris Chang
(Keywords: People, Civil liberties, Fiction, Future, Injustice, Reason, Will)

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: People, Confusion, Fiction, Morals, Philosophy)

For me the purest and truest art in the world is science fiction.
- C. J. Cherryh
(Keywords: Art, Science, Fiction, World)

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
(Keywords: Change, Men, Life, Fiction, Man)

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Life, Fiction, Journalism, Newspapers, Popular, World)



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