Fiction Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Fiction

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Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant. In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth, so it can't have a fictional beginning.
~By Carol Ann Duffy ~


Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
~By Mark Twain ~


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.
~By Cecilia Bartoli ~


Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
~By Jimi Hendrix ~


Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
~By Francis Bacon ~


The great mystery is why robots come off so well in science-fiction films when the human characters are often so astoundingly wooden.
~By John Podhoretz ~


Whereas fiction is a continual discovery of what one wants to say, what one feels, what one means, and is, in that sense, a performance art, biography requires different skills - research and organization.
~By Edmund White ~


Aren't most romance heros, or heros in fiction of any kind, generally superior to real men? Same goes for heroines and real women.
~By Nora Roberts ~


At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.
~By Mark Haddon ~


I don't really have special rituals, but I don't try to write fiction unless I have a minimum of a few hours. For me, it takes a while to settle into a mode where I'm truly concentrating.
~By Curtis Sittenfeld ~


First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing - more and more I think is magic.
~By Kathy Acker ~


Now, Venus is an extremely hostile environment, and as such presents a lot of challenges for a science fiction author who wants to create life there. However, as I began to research it more thoroughly, I found myself intrigued by the possibilities the world offers.
~By Sarah Zettel ~


I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction.
~By J. M. Coetzee ~


If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says, then why not scrap the fiction?
~By J. M. Coetzee ~


I've always been a fan of science fiction films, and I've never been able to put my particular spin on it.
~By Ivan Reitman ~


The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.
~By Tom Wolfe ~


Science fiction encourages us to explore... all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.
~By Marion Zimmer Bradley ~


I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two.
~By Sheri S. Tepper ~


I had never seen much of Star Trek, or any other science fiction, before I was cast. But Seven's wonderful.
~By Jeri Ryan ~


Jigsaw Lady is the working title of a science fiction novel I've had in my head for darn near 15 years. I think I'll start work on it next year (in all my spare time) but I'd like to get it finished some day.
~By Raymond E. Feist ~


All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.
~By Jeremy Northam ~


This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.
~By Neil Gaiman ~


When I was starting out, I did not do short fiction well, because I kept wanting to write books.
~By Elizabeth Moon ~


When I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.
~By John C. Hawkes ~


Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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.
~By Kevin J. Anderson ~


Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.
~By David Foster Wallace ~


I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
~By Anita Diament ~


I don't read Science Fiction.
~By Brent Spiner ~


It's important, I think, for a writer of fiction to maintain an awareness of the pace and shape of the book as he's writing it. That is, he should be making an object, not chattering.
~By Thomas Perry ~


There's more fiction in my life than in books, so I don't bother with them.
~By Richard Harris ~


In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities.
~By Theodore Sturgeon ~


For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
~By Manuel Puig ~


There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
~By E. L. Doctorow ~


Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that, because his grades weren't all that great).
~By Frederik Pohl ~


A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
~By Graham Greene ~


Before Truman, journalism and non-fiction weren't taken very seriously.
~By Gerald Clarke ~


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.
~By James Cameron ~


There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.
~By Elizabeth Moon ~


Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
~By Helen Dunmore ~


When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It's like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?
~By Bill Nye ~


It would have been easier to have a male protagonist, but I didn't want people to assume that Nikki Hill was me in her entirety because a lot of people just don't like me and I don't think they would be interested in reading about me, even in the fictional context.
~By Christopher Darden ~


Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
~By Mark Twain ~


Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life.
~By Louis Auchincloss ~


And, of course, some SF is set close enough to here and now that Anglo and European do apply. Since many of the writers come from those backgrounds, so does much of the fiction.
~By Stanley Schmidt ~


Science Fiction will never run out of things to wonder about until the human race ceases to use its brain.
~By Julian May ~


Science fiction writers put characters into a world with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
~By Rudy Rucker ~


Truth is more peculiar than fiction. Life is really a startling place.
~By Mira Nair ~


Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it. I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
~By Alan Dean Foster ~


In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It's so schizophrenic.
~By Jonathan Carroll ~


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.
~By Isaac Asimov ~


Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists.
~By Eudora Welty ~


The advice would be the same for any kind of fiction. Keep writing, and keep sending things out, not to friends and relatives, but to people who have the power to buy. A lot of additional, useful tips could be added, but this is fundamental.
~By Fred Saberhagen ~


All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.
~By Richard Hughes ~


Some people just don't seem to understand the concept of fiction. It is fiction; it ain't true, folks.
~By Laurell K. Hamilton ~


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.
~By Iris Chang ~


Young readers have to be entertained. No child reads fiction because they think it's going to make them a better person.
~By Mark Haddon ~


Science fiction let me do both. It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.
~By Octavia Butler ~


I really enjoy doing both, but I didn't write nonfiction until 1994.
~By Jonathan Franzen ~


I wrote speculative fiction because I loved to read it, and thought I could do better than some of the people who were getting published.
~By Fred Saberhagen ~


I have a kind of standard explanation why, which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of making sense out of a senseless world.
~By John Sladek ~


Let it be understood, in the first place, that a science fiction story must be an exposition of a scientific theme and it must be also a story.
~By Hugo Gernsback ~


Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
~By Doris Lessing ~


The biographies and autobiographies are on the whole more impressive than the fiction of the last two decades, but the freakish best sellers among them are least likely to withstand the test of time.
~By Harold Acton ~


People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research.
~By Frederik Pohl ~


People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
~By John Cheever ~


People who are readers of fiction aren't particularly interested in comic books.
~By Harvey Pekar ~


I don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all.
~By Jack Vance ~


Life is a means of extracting fiction.
~By Robert Stone ~


It is the creator of fiction's point of view; it is the character who interests him. Sometimes he wants to convince the reader that the story he is telling is as interesting as universal history.
~By Raymond Queneau ~


The capacity you're thinking of is imagination; without it there can be no understanding, indeed no fiction.
~By William Trevor ~


I have written two nonfiction books, I'm embarrassed to say.
~By Dirk Benedict ~


I value mothers and motherhood enormously. For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.
~By William Trevor ~


Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
~By Frederic Bastiat ~


I was a science fiction junkie for a long time.
~By William Hurt ~


Because I'm such a creative person, and I've always got my nose in a book, I suppose it was only a matter of time before non-fiction turned into fiction again. But I never consciously set out to become a writer and I never thought I'd be doing the things I'm doing today.
~By Paul Kane ~


I quite enjoy science fiction.
~By Lexa Doig ~


There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.
~By Ralph Ellison ~


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.
~By Jean M. Auel ~


The study of law left me unsatisfied, because I did not know the aspects of life which it serves. I perceived only the intricate mental juggling with fictions that did not interest me.
~By Karl Jaspers ~


I can't read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.
~By Antonia Fraser ~


I love science fiction.
~By Pam Grier ~


It began as this desire to do this science fiction movie about perhaps one of the last insects left that nobody's done anything on, which is the cockroach - and truly one of the most frightening insects.
~By Michael O'Donoghue ~


Now, being a science fiction writer, when I see a natural principle, I wonder if it could fail.
~By Rudy Rucker ~


Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.
~By Dorothy Allison ~


And really the purpose of art - for me, fiction - is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.
~By Jerzy Kosinski ~


The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction.
~By Milton R. Sapirstein ~


The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
~By Tom Clancy ~


Science fiction still is an idea genre.
~By Sheri S. Tepper ~


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.
~By Octavia Butler ~


I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something else which extended from the visual arts into the making of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
~By Jonathan Lethem ~


When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays, everybody assumes that's the end. Here's another who's never going to write well again.
~By Richard Russo ~


It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise.
~By Nancy Thayer ~


I no longer feel pressure to produce fiction.
~By George Murray ~


It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
~By Carol Ann Duffy ~


I think all fiction should be fair game for the Christian market, except porn, of course.
~By Jerry B. Jenkins ~


Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
~By Isaac Asimov ~


Yes, he wanted me to do Funny Games before, which I didn't want to do because the film was very theoretical - the way people experience violence on screen. There was very little space for fiction, it was more like a sacrifice for the actors than anything else.
~By Isabelle Huppert ~


I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
~By Penelope Lively ~

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