„I think that science fiction can, by creating extreme situations and settings, draw out the essence of human relationships.“

Interviewed on Tested http://www.tested.com/art/movies/442545-2d-animation-digital-era-interview-japanese-director-makoto-shinkai/
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„[S]anctions should be reserved, if we think international, for extremely serious situations.“

—  F. W. de Klerk South African politician 1936

On The Washington Journal of C-SPAN https://www.c-span.org/video/?124979-1/the-trek-beginning (11 June 1999)
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„I was hardly fit for human society. Thus destiny shaped me to be a science fiction writer.“

—  Brian W. Aldiss British science fiction author 1925 - 2017

The Twinkling of an Eye: My Life as an Englishman (1998) Unsourced variant: "Why had I become a writer in the first place? Because I wasn't fit for society; I didn't fit into the system."

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„Science Fiction is the fiction of ideas.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

The Paris Review interview (2010)
Contesto: Science Fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

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„A rustic setting always suggests fantasy; to suggest science fiction, you need sheet metal and plastic. You need rivets.“

—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

Quoted by Mary Robinette Kowal in " Precogs and Ray Guns Have No Place In True SciFi http://blogs.amctv.com/scifi-scanner/2009/09/science-fantasy.php".

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„I think that for science fiction, fantasy, and even horror to some extent, the differences are skin-deep.“

—  George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948

Interview with Weird Tales (24 May 2007) http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/2007/05/24/george-rr-martin-on-magic-vs-science/
Contesto: I think that for science fiction, fantasy, and even horror to some extent, the differences are skin-deep. I know there are elements in the field, particularly in science fiction, who feel that the differences are very profound, but I do not agree with that analysis. I think for me it is a matter of the furnishings. An elf or an alien may in some ways fulfill the same function, as a literary trope. It’s almost a matter of flavor. The ice cream can be chocolate or it can be strawberry, but it’s still ice cream. The real difference, to my mind, is between romantic fiction, which all these genres are a part of, and mimetic fiction, or naturalistic fiction.

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„What they [critics of Lessing's switch to science fiction] didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time.“

—  Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013

Boston Book Review interview by Harvey Blume http://www.dorislessing.org/boston.html (February 1998)

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„Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

"My Own View" in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) edited by Robert Holdstock; later published in Asimov on Science Fiction (1981)
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„I am a humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create reasonably decent societies.“

—  James A. Michener, libro The World Is My Home

The World Is My Home (1991)
Contesto: I am a humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create reasonably decent societies. I think that young people who want to understand the world can profit from the works of Plato and Socrates, the behaviour of the three Thomases, Aquinas, More and Jefferson — the austere analyses of Immanuel Kant and the political leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

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„The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history or fiction. It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.“

—  Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964

Acceptance speech of the National Book Award for Nonfiction (1952) for The Sea Around Us; also in Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (1999) edited by Linda Lear, p. 91

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„I see the tasks of social sciences to discover what kinds of order actually do exist in the whole range of the behavior of human beings; what kind of functional relationships between different parts of culture exist in space and over time, and what functionally more useful kinds of order can be created.“

—  Robert Staughton Lynd American sociologist 1892 - 1970

R.S. Lynd (1939) Knowledge of What? p. 125-6, cited in Karl William Kapp (1976), The nature and significance of institutional economics http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6435.1976.tb01971.x/abstract. in: Kyklos, Vol 29/2, Jan 1976, p. 209

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