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Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
~By George Murray ~


Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all.
~By Theodore Sturgeon ~


I don't think the scientific method and the science fictional method are really analogous. The thing about them is that neither is really practiced very much, at least not consciously. But the fact that they are methodical does relate them.
~By Frederik Pohl ~


For me the purest and truest art in the world is science fiction.
~By C. J. Cherryh ~


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 ~


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


Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development - an insight came from that book.
~By Robert Reed ~


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.
~By Carter Burwell ~


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 ~


Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
~By Jessamyn West ~


People who love science fiction really do love sex.
~By Susie Bright ~


But with nonfiction, the task is very straightforward: Do the research, tell the story.
~By Laura Hillenbrand ~


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


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


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.
~By Martin Amis ~


I hesitate to predict whether this theory is true. But if the general opinion of Mankind is optimistic then we're in for a period of extreme popularity for science fiction.
~By David Eddings ~


The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
~By Jacques Barzun ~


I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade, because I loved it.
~By Thomas Perry ~


I'm mostly a novelist these days, but I have written short stories in Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror.
~By Sarah Zettel ~


That's why I have always admired documentaries, because they open windows that can make you understand much better where you come from, much better than fiction, I think.
~By Walter Salles ~


If you write fiction, you're by yourself. There are certain advantages to that in that you don't have to explain anything to anybody. But when you get in with others who share the loneliness of the whole enterprise, you're not lonely anymore.
~By Denis Johnson ~


Having spent so much time in a fictional world, I prefer to read about the real world.
~By Brent Spiner ~


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 ~


If you take 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of somebody who creates a new language in film by what he was able to accomplish with art direction, photography, lighting, etc., it is still a gold standard for science fiction.
~By Matthew Modine ~


The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a plot would really scare me, because it would come out a mess.
~By Tracey Emin ~


A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration.
~By Richard Schickel ~


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 ~


It's always a mixture of fiction and your own story. It's more I recreate atmospheres and moods through songs.
~By Keren Ann ~


I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
~By Mark Haddon ~


I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.
~By Don DeLillo ~


I'm a fan of short horror fiction... in fact, the most memorable horror I've read is of the short variety... but I have a hard time pulling it off myself.
~By George Stephen ~


Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction.
~By Frank Harris ~


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 ~


There are some subjects that can only be tackled in fiction.
~By John Le Carre ~


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 ~


I love the fact that it's not only about Star Trek, but about science fiction in general, and science.
~By Rene Auberjonois ~


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 ~


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.
~By Octavia Butler ~


Star Trek wouldn't die. There were a whole lot of young people who were touched by the thought process of science fiction. If you watched a cop show, there wasn't anything that was going to stimulate your mind.
~By Gary Lockwood ~


I think if I'm going to do a science fiction, I'm going to go down a new path that I want to do.
~By Ridley Scott ~


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.
~By Caleb Carr ~


I have done a lot of things outside of Science Fiction, but there has been an almost disproportionate amount of that genre in my body of work. I don't know what to make of it.
~By Daniel Dae Kim ~


They should hold themselves absolutely upon the immovable foundation of truth and nature, whereby alone they can save themselves from misapprehensions and from the danger of being entirely carried away from reality into mere dreams and fictions.
~By Ethan A. Hitchcock ~


There's the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people's lives, things that had really happened.
~By Julius Erving ~


I'm not the best audience for that because I'm not a great science-fiction fan. I just never got off on space ships and space costumes, things like that.
~By Gary Oldman ~


Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.
~By Jeremy Northam ~


Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.
~By Buddy Ebsen ~


Writing fiction is... an endless and always defeated effort to capture some quality of life without killing it.
~By Rose Wilder Lane ~


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 ~


I prefer fact to fiction.
~By Richard Attenborough ~


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 ~


Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
~By Gilbert K. Chesterton ~


I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.
~By James Joyce ~


The claim made by Team Obama that every dollar in stimulus translates into a dollar-and-a-half in growth is economic fiction. The costs of stimulus reduce future growth. No country has ever spent itself to prosperity. The price of stimulus has to be paid sometime.
~By Karl Rove ~


I don't think Pulp Fiction is hard to watch at all.
~By Quentin Tarantino ~


One of the nice things about science fiction is that it lets us carry out thought experiments.
~By Rudy Rucker ~


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


Create a world in which these things do or do not exist, or in which they are extended in some way. Test reality against this fiction. The reader will recognize the world that you're talking about, even though it may be another one altogether.
~By Theodore Sturgeon ~


Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
~By Ralph Waldo Emerson ~


For the last 30 years our cinemas have been ruled by science fiction and horror. We've had some very good Fantasy films in that time period, but for my tastes I still haven't seen fantasy done to absolute perfection. That is the hope I have in this project.
~By Harry Knowles ~


Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
~By Robert Louis Stevenson ~


There's no end to the inventiveness of critics, I tell you. Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse into their analysis of work.
~By Dennis Potter ~


Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.
~By Mason Cooley ~


There's a big overlap with the people you meet at the fantasy and science fiction cons.
~By Fred Saberhagen ~


It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they're driving down the street in an Oldsmobile they'd sound ludicrous!
~By Terry Goodkind ~


If you continually write and read yourself as a fiction, you can change what's crushing you.
~By Jeanette Winterson ~


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 ~


Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
~By J. G. Ballard ~


When I started in the business, there was a thing called adult fantasy, but nobody quite knew what it was, and most publishers didn't have an adult fantasy list. They had science fiction lists, which they stuck a little bit of fantasy into.
~By Terri Windling ~


Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
~By John Hersey ~


Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.
~By Philip Guedalla ~


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


I got that experience through dating dozens of men for six years after college, getting an entry level magazine job at 21, working in the fiction department at Good Housekeeping and then working as a fashion editor there as well as writing many articles for the magazine.
~By Judith Krantz ~


In terms of stories I would buy for a science fiction magazine, if they take place in the future, that might do it.
~By Frederik Pohl ~


In hard-core science fiction in which characters are responding to a change in environment, caused by nature or the universe or technology, what readers want to see is how people cope, and so the character are present to cope, or fail to cope.
~By James Gunn ~


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


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


Forget romantic fiction, a survey has found that most women would rather read a good book than go shopping, have sex, or sleep.
~By Janet Street-Porter ~


I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as a writer of fiction by writing all those songs. I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
~By Kazuo Ishiguro ~


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.
~By Bruce Boxleitner ~


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


Ironically, in today's marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable.
~By Jerry B. Jenkins ~


I like to get paid for doing basic research, so it's pleasant to write some nonfiction about it.
~By Bruce Sterling ~


Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
~By Leo Rosten ~


The 'interactive fiction' format hasn't changed in any fundamental way since the early 1970s, in the same way that the format of the novel hasn't since 1700.
~By Graham Nelson ~


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 ~


I don't read fiction at all.
~By Brent Spiner ~


I cannot say how strongly I object to people using other people's writing as research. Research is non-fiction, especially for horror, fantasy, science fiction. Do not take your research from other people's fiction. Just don't.
~By Laurell K. Hamilton ~


I think if I had been writing fiction, where the work is entirely dependent on the writer's creativity and the potential directions the narrative might take are infinite, I might have frozen.
~By Laura Hillenbrand ~


It's not highly intellectual material. I'm dedicating it to the pulp fiction of the past.
~By Bruce Boxleitner ~


The fact is that one of the earliest lessons I learned in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction, cash flow is reality.
~By Chris Chocola ~


I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority.
~By Peter Matthiessen ~


Let us come to the philosophers, whose authority is of greater weight, and their judgment more to be relied on, because they are believed to have paid attention, not to matters of fiction, but to the investigation of the truth.
~By Lactantius ~


The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction.
~By Frederik Pohl ~


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


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


I've been getting a lot of science fiction scripts which contained variations on my Star Trek character and I've been turning them down. I strongly feel that the next role I do, I should not be wearing spandex.
~By Marina Sirtis ~


I was totally absorbed in the real world, the politics, the history, the news, and I just couldn't find my way into the fictional world... When I finally could return to writing the novel, it was in fits and starts.
~By David Guterson ~


Some of the food in Liquor is food I've really eaten filtered through a veil of fiction.
~By Poppy Z. Brite ~


We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
~By Ben Okri ~

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