Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
If you are inclined to leave your character solitary for any considerable length of time, better question yourself. Fiction is association, not
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 has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.
The great mystery is why robots come off so well in science-fiction films when the human characters are often so astoundingly wooden.
For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
If they can't swallow facts, let them eat fiction.
The real truthfulness of all works of imagination, sculpture, painting, and written fiction, is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth.
To some baffled parents youth is stranger than fiction
History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction. The history of man's ideas is nothing more than the chronicle of human error.
Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.
Romance is the fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of things as they are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination
You cannot be a good writer of serious fiction if you are not depressed
A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?
I have, indeed, even omitted facts, which, on account of their singularity, must in the eyes of some have appeared to border on the marvelous. But in the forests of South America such extraordinary realities are to be found, that there is assuredly no need to have recourse to fiction or the least exaggeration.
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
A childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction.
The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.
When we risk no contradiction, it prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.