Science Fiction Authors About Science

Science fiction intimidates some. Perhaps, these quotes by science fiction authors about science might help dispel some of that. 

Magic or Science?

Science Fiction Authors About Science

“Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.”

Ray Bradbury-The Martian Chronicles

 Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”

Jules Vern-A Journey to the Center of the Earth

“If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

Science is magic that works.”

Kurt Vonnegut-Cat’s Cradle

Why Science

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

Frank Herbert-Dune

I think science fiction helps us think about possibilities, to speculate – it helps us look at our society from a different perspective. It lets us look at our mores, using science as the backdrop, as the game changer.

Mae Jemison

I, for one, bet on science as helping us. I have yet to see how it fundamentally endangers us, even with the H-bomb lurking about. Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must remember that.

Phillip K. Dick, The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings

Science and Science Fiction

The ‘science’ in ‘science fiction’ isn’t just physics and engineering. It can also be linguistics, anthropology, and psychology.

Ann Leckie

These final two quotes are the best ones,  though Michio Kaku is not a science fiction author 

Physics is often stranger than science fiction, and I think science fiction takes its cues from physics: higher dimensions, wormholes, the warping of space and time, stuff like that.

Michio Kaku

You cannot create new science unless you realize where the old science leaves off and new science begins, and science fiction forces us to confront this.

Michio Kaku

This post began as a quest for quotes from science fiction authors about science. Yet, the scientist gave the best answer. New science begins because science fiction forces us to confront this. Do you think this is true? What evidence (science) supports that? 

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