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Murray Leinster

Data di nascita: 16. Giugno 1896
Data di morte: 8. Giugno 1975

Murray Leinster, pseudonimo di William Fitzgerald Jenkins , è stato un autore di fantascienza statunitense.

Ha avuto una lunghissima carriera, pubblicando storie fantascientifiche dalla fine degli anni dieci, durante e dopo l'epoca d'oro della fantascienza e fino agli anni sessanta. Gli è attribuita l'invenzione di un tema classico della fantascienza, gli universi paralleli.


„Non vogliamo che i nostri figli si limitino a volere quello che i robot possono dare! Non vogliamo che si riducano a rinunciare a tutto ciò che i robot non possono, o non vogliono, dare! Vogliamo che siano uomini, e donne.“ p. 285

„Hoddan began suddenly to see real possibilities. This was not a direct move toward the realization of his personal ambitions. But on the other hand, it wasn't a movement away from them. Hoddan suddenly remembered an oration he'd heard his grandfather give many, many times in the past.

"Straight thinkin'," the old man had said obstinately, "is a delusion. You think things out clear and simple, and you can see yourself ruined and your family starving any day! But real things ain't simple! They ain't clear! Any time you try to figure things out so they're simple and straightforward, you're goin' against nature and you're going to get 'em mixed up! So when something happens and you're in a straightforward, hopeless fix—why, you go along with nature! Make it as complicated as you can, and the people who want you in trouble will get hopeless confused and you can get out!“


„the whole purpose of civilization is to take the surprises out of life, so one can be bored to death“ The Pirates of Ersatz

„You know the logics setup. You got a logic in your house. It looks like a vision receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get. It's hooked in to the tank, which has the Carson Circuit all fixed up with relays. Say you punch "Station SNAFU" on your logic. Relays in the tank take over an' whatever vision-program SNAFU is telecastin' comes on your logic's screen. Or you punch "Sally Hancock's Phone" an' the screen blinks an' sputters an' you're hooked up with the logic in her house an' if somebody answers you got a vision-phone connection. But besides that, if you punch for the weather forecast or who won today's race at Hialeah or who was mistress of the White House durin' Garfield's administration or what is PDQ and R sellin' for today, that comes on the screen too. The relays in the tank do it. The tank is a big buildin' full of all the facts in creation an' all the recorded telecasts that ever was made—an' it's hooked in with all the other tanks all over the country—an' everything you wanna know or see or hear, you punch for it an' you get it. Very convenient. Also it does math for you, an' keeps books, an' acts as consultin' chemist, physicist, astronomer, an' tea-leaf reader, with a "Advice to the Lovelorn" thrown in. The only thing it won't do is tell you exactly what your wife meant when she said, "Oh, you think so, do you?" in that peculiar kinda voice. Logics don't work good on women. Only on things that make sense. (1949)“ A Logic Named Joe

„We do not like the idea that any other creature can be better than we are. It is highly probable that if we ever have to face a superior race, we will die of it.“ The Wailing Asteroid

„The hearts of the rich are hardened. The existence of the poor is a reproach to them." But“ The Pirates of Ersatz

„Then everything was normal again, except that the liner was speeding for the planet Krim at something more than thirty times the speed of light. Normality extended through all the galaxy so far inhabited by men. There were worlds on which there was peace, and worlds on which there was tumult. There were busy, zestful young worlds, and languid, weary old ones. From the Near Rim to the farthest of occupied systems, planets circled their suns, and men lived on them, and every man took himself seriously and did not quite believe that the universe had existed before he was born or would long survive his loss. Time passed. Comets let out vast streamers like bridal veils and swept toward and around their suns. Some of them—one in ten thousand, or twenty—were possibly seen by human eyes. The liner bearing Hoddan sped through the void. In time it made a landfall on the Planet Krim.“ The Pirates of Ersatz

„Nothing," snapped Howell, "that a man can imagine is impossible!“ The Machine That Saved The World


„Hoddan swore from the depths of a very considerable vocabulary. "You (censored)—(deleted)—(omitted)—(unprintability)", he roared.“ The Pirates of Ersatz

„every man took himself seriously and did not quite believe that the universe had existed before he was born or would long survive his loss. Time“ The Pirates of Ersatz

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