Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something to what he has heard.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else
Let us come to the philosophers, whose authority is of greater weight, and their judgment more to be relied on, because they are believed to have paid attention, not to matters of fiction, but to the investigation of the truth.
It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down.
There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress, or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes.
I have a kind of standard explanation why, which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of making sense out of a senseless world.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.
Itís no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
We do a hard fantasy as well as hard science fiction, and I think I probably single-handedly recreated military science fiction. It was dead before I started working in it.
There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.
There's a big overlap with the people you meet at the fantasy and science fiction cons.