I don't really believe in the Devil, but if the Devil is the Father of Lies, then he certainly invented the Internet.— Ken MacLeod
The most terrific Ken MacLeod quotes that will add value to your life
The world has become one big grassy knoll, crawling with lone gunmen who think they're the Warren Commission.
Falling in love indicated that your genes were complementary to those of the loved one. It told you nothing about when your personalities and sexualities were compatible.
Of all the sciences, astronomy was the one the superstitious liked least.
All life is a struggle for existence.
Why should it cease to be a struggle if it spreads among the stars?
Naive' is not a word I associate with the Southern Rule.
Superstitious, perhaps, traditional, yes, maddeningly set in their way, certainly but not naive." "I meant you are naive. They must have a hidden motive." "This is why I have no politics," said Darvin. "I can't think in those terms.
"Anyway... I find what you write interesting." "That's what people usually say when they disagree with it."
Science fiction made me aware of how big and strange the universe was, leaving aside the whole question of aliens.
What if capitalism is unsustainable, and socialism is impossible?
I enjoyed Old Man's War immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you almost want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already.
For us scientists, on the other wing, life is not quite so simple.
Because we learn the unknown. Unlike, hah-hah, our esteemed friends the philosophers, who learn the unknowable.
The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing.
Change the problem by changing your mind.
The real world is far too complex and unpredictable to make something like the idea of humanity controlling its own evolution or engineering itself - well, I wouldn't say impossible but it should be approached with a degree of caution.
The idea of determinism combined with complete human responsibility struck me as very hard to reconcile with an idea of justice, let alone mercy.
I'm a long-term optimist, and I don't think the problems with our society are from being overly optimistic.
It had long been established in the Civil Worlds that public business was to be transparent, and personal business opaque; but it was as well recognised that the two would always have a turbulent interface, and that the clique, the caucus, and the conspiracy were as ineradicable features of civility as the council or the committee.