The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.— Hannah Arendt
Scandalous Fictional quotations
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
Better to have a small role in God's story than to cast yourself as the lead in your own fiction.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
If you have to write a fictional adventure to convey a philosophy of evil, the best person is the destroyer of evil himself, Lord Shiva.
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
The universe wrote fiction is us. Its called Fear.
I am no longer going to become a fictional character to please people. That's too much work.
The gospel is fiction when judged by the empire, but the empire is fiction when judged by the gospel.
The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction.
I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.
You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.
A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction.
Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth.
In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile.
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.
Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres;
it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.
A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.
I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority.
I didn’t want a completely passive viewer.
Art means too much to me. To be able to articulate something visually is really an important thing. I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful
Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
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.
I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it's such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.
Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.
For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories
The boundary between science fiction and social reality is an optical illusion
I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.
Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet.
I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies.
Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
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.
To be creative means to connect. It's to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.
Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.