Silence

March 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Quotes) (, , )

“We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”

–Lundy
(Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway)

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Past

February 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, , , )

“Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.”

–Fuwaad ibn Abbas
(Ted Chiang, The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate)

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Words

February 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, )

“… words were not just the pieces of speaking; they were the pieces of thinking. When you wrote them down, you could grasp your thoughts like bricks in your hands and push them into different arrangements. Writing let you look at your thoughts in a way you couldn’t if you were just talking, and having seen them, you could improve them, make them stronger and more elaborate.”

–Ted Chiang, The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling

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Technology

February 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, )

“History shows us that the ramifications of any new technology have as much to do with how we choose to distribute it as they have to do with the technology itself.”

–Daisy Craver
(Laurie Penny, Everything Belongs to the Future)

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Honor

January 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, )

“… he had learned that sometimes there was no safe path, no decisions from which one could emerge unscathed. In those cases, he had been taught to take the path of honor, even if it led to pain or death.”

–Christopher Golden, Alien: River of Pain

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Fiction

August 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, )

“We correct in fiction what life gets wrong.”

–Phoebe
(Dana Simpson, Phoebe and Her Unicorn)

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Answers

July 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, , )

“… anyone who thinks one book has all the answers hasn’t read enough books.”

–Noreen
(Brian K. Vaughan, Saga)

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Stories

March 15, 2016 at 10:38 am (Quotes) (, )

“… stories are like people…. Loving them doesn’t make them perfect. You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws. The flaws are still there, though.”

–George Turner
(Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country)

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Physics

February 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, )

“Valerian would emphasize how we are trapped by our time and our culture and our biology, how limited we are, by definition, in imagining fundamentally different creatures or civilizations. And separately evolved on very different worlds, they would have to be different from us. It was possible that beings much more advanced than we might have unimaginable technologies — this was, in fact, almost guaranteed — and even new laws of physics. It was hopelessly narrow-minded … to imagine that all significant laws of physics had been discovered at the moment our generation began contemplating the problem. There would be a twenty-first-century physics and a twenty-second-century physics, and even a Fourth-Millennium physics. We might be laughably far off in guessing how a very technical civilization would communicate.”

–Carl Sagan, Contact

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Technology

February 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) (, )

“If we had accomplished so much in only a few thousand years of high technology, what must a truly advanced species … be capable of? They should be able to move stars about, to reconfigure galaxies. And yet, in all of astronomy there was no sign of a phenomenon that could not be understood by natural processes, for which an appeal to extraterrestrial intelligence had to be made.”

–Carl Sagan, Contact

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