„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.“

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

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„There is more to a science fiction story than the science it contains. There is also the story.“

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

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„A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content.“

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„Science Fiction is the fiction of ideas.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

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„Science fiction offers its writers chances of embarrassment that no other form of fiction does.“

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„One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.“

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