Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
—Brian Aldiss (1925–2017) British Novelist, Short-Story Writer
Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. …Science fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don’t know what they’re talking about.
—Ray Bradbury (b.1920) American Novelist, Short Story Writer
Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
—J. G. Ballard (1930–2009) English Novelist, Short Story Writer
In sci-fi convention, life-forms that hadn’t developed space travel were mere prehistory — horse-shoe crabs of the cosmic scene — and something of the humiliation of being stuck on a provincial planet in a galactic backwater has stayed with me ever since.
—Barbara Ehrenreich (b.1941) American Social Critic, Essayist
I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled “Science Fiction” and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.
—Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) American Novelist, Short Story Writer