Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
-Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future
And that is the story of the boy who cried Dragon! Of course, when dragons sit around the campfire at night or tuck their children into bed, they tell the story of the dragon who cried Boy!
-Mike Resnick, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.
-Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World
Never fire a laser at a mirror.
-Larry Niven
The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.
-Larry Niven, Ringworld
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
-David Brin
We're all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we're seldom formally introduced.
-Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
-Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
Once, poets were magicians. Poets were… stronger than warriors or kings, stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
-Greg Bear
This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.
-Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!
-C.J. Cherryh
We seem to be young, in a very old Galaxy. We're like kids tiptoeing through a ruined mansion.
-Stephen Baxter, Ark
Even galaxy-spanning anarchist utopias of stupefying full-spectrum civilizational power have turf wars within their unacknowledged militaries.
-Iain M. Banks, Matter
Science fiction is often very far from escapism; in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
-Robert A. Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity
'Normal' is a dryer setting.
-Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
-Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.
-Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone
Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
-Ray Bradbury

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    Connie Willis

    Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time-traveling historians being sent into...

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    When Angels Wept
    Eric G. Swedin

    In 1961 at the Bay of Pigs, CIA-trained and -organized Cuban exiles aiming to overthrow Fidel...

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    Then Everything Changed
    Jeff Greenfield

    A brilliant and brilliantly entertaining tour de force of American politics from one of...


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    Michael Flynn

    Over the centuries, one small town in Germany has disappeared and never been resettled. Tom, a...

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    The Years of Rice and Salt
    Kim Stanley Robinson

    It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to...

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    The Yiddish Policemen's Union
    Michael Chabon

    For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District...

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    Iain M. Banks

    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling...


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    Dante's Equation
    Jane Jensen

    In a breathless thriller that explores the relationship between science and the divine, good...

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    Stephen Baxter

    Now, joined by his boyhood friend Peter McLachlan, who arrives in Rome with a dark secret of...

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    Robert Charles Wilson

    In a top-secret government installation near the small town of Two Rivers, Michigan, scientist...

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    Pasquale's Angel
    Paul McCauley

    The Renaissance has both blessed and cursed the great Florentine Republic - ushering in a...

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    Allen Steele

    When two 24th-century chrononauts travel back in time, they inadvertently disrupt the voyage...

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    Time's Eye
    Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the...

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    Roma Eterna
    Robert Silverberg

    No power on Earth can resist the might of Imperial Rome, so it has been and so it ever shall...

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    Orson Scott Card

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott...

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    The Plot Against America
    Philip Roth

    In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate...

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    Never Let Me Go
    Kazuo Ishiguro

    As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school...


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    Glory Season
    David Brin

    Young Maia is fast approaching a turning point in her life. As a half-caste var, she must...

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    Stephen Baxter

    Discovering a new element, Anti-Ice, a mysterious substance that unleashes vast energies...

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    The Guns of the South
    Harry Turtledove

    January 1864--General Robert E. Lee faces defeat. The Army of Northern Virginia is ragged and...

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    First Dawn
    Mike Moscoe

    From a future ravaged by plague, the first time travelers travel thousands of years into the...

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    Helliconia Spring
    Brian W. Aldiss

    This is the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy-a monumental saga that goes beyond anything...

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    Stephen Baxter

    The space mission of a lifetime. An epic saga of America's might-have-been, Voyage is a...

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    Einstein's Bridge
    John Cramer

    Drawn together at the site of the Superconducting Super Collider, two physicists and a female...

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    Gregory Benford

    Detecting strange patterns of interference in a lab experiment, Gordon Bernstein, an assistant...

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    To Say Nothing of the Dog
    Connie Willis

    Ned Henry shuttles between the 1940s and the twenty-first century while researching Coventry...

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    Michael Crichton

    In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty...