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

Culture & Mystery

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    China Mieville

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    The Dervish House
    Ian McDonald

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    Dan Simmons

    The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're...

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    The Children of the Sky
    Vernor Vinge

    Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children...

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    Ship Breaker
    Paolo Bacigalupi

    A gritty, high-stakes adventure set in a futuristic world where oil is scarce, but loyalty is...

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    Fuzzy Nation
    John Scalzi

    Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn’t care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from...

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    Jon Armstrong

    From the neo-feudalistic slubs, the corn-filled world of Tane's youth, to his apprenticeship...

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    Rule 34
    Charles Stross

    Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh is head of the Rule 34 Squad, monitoring the Internet to...

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    The Human Blend
    Alan Dean Foster

    In this first novel of a thrilling new series set in our near future, New York Times bestselli...

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    Our Jewish Robot Future
    Leonard S. Borman

    Leonard Borman has woven an instant classic with venues ranging from the Garden of Eden to the...


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    The City & The City
    China Mieville

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it...


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    Julian Comstock
    Robert Charles Wilson

    In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to...

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    Greg Bear

    It’s the second decade of the twenty-first century, and terrorism has escalated almost beyond...

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    Altered Carbon
    Richard K. Morgan

    In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the...

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    Perdido Street Station
    China Mieville

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city...

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    Geoff Ryman

    Chung Mae is the only connection her small farming village has to culture of a wider world...

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    The Prefect
    Alastair Reynolds

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multi...

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    Kiln People
    David Brin

    In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of...

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    Singularity Sky
    Charles Stross

    Four hundred years in the future, time travel has been perfected and groundbreaking developmen...

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    Steal Across the Sky
    Nancy Kress

    The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the internet:


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    Rudy Rucker

    A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy US president initiate a...


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    A Million Open Doors
    John Barnes

    Nou Occitan is a place where duels are fought with equal passion over insults and artistic...

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    The Postman
    David Brin

    This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth.  A timeless novel as...

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    Speaker for the Dead
    Orson Scott Card

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose:...

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    Down the Bright Way
    Robert Reed

    In the deepness of space there are millions of worlds like our own - and each with its own...

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    Red Mars
    Kim Stanley Robinson

    For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries...

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    Green Mars
    Kim Stanley Robinson

    Nearly a generation has passed since the first pioneers landed, but the transformation of Mars...

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Douglas Adams

    Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening...

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    Lucifer's Hammer
    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful...

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    Mindstar Rising
    Peter F. Hamilton

    Greg Mandel, late of the Mindstar Battalion, has been many things in his life. Commando....

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    The Harvest
    Robert Charles Wilson

    Offered immortality by the aliens circling the earth, most humans accept, and Dr. Matt Wheeler...