No matter what we experience in life there is always someone who has shared a pearl of wisdom that we can apply. The same is true of our pandemic life today. Here are some pearls of wisdom from science fiction books and authors.
Arrogance and Conceit are the mother and father of a closed mind.
― Richard Nance, “Journey of the Chosen”
Just as every villain imagines themselves a hero, few heroes see when they’ve become the villain.
― Nicholas Tana
Fire is catching!” I am shouting now, determined he will not miss a word of it, “And if we burn, you burn with us!
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
—Isaac Asimov, Foundation
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real,
—Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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.
—Philip K. Dick, The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein, The Green Hills of Earth
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”
—Philip K. Dick
Now it’s your turn. Have you found a quote or quotes that give you some guidance or encouragement in this time? They don’t have to be science fiction pearls of wisdom for pandemic life. Add your quotes below. Let’s string a necklace of wisdom.
Best Female Novelists of All Time (adapted from Ranker)
Virginia Wolfe, an English writer
Agatha Christie, DBE, an English novelist, short story writer, and playwright
Jane Austen, an English novelist
George Eliot, an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator
Mary Shelley, an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer
Charlotte Brontë, an English novelist and poet
Flannery O’Connor, an American writer and essayist
Daphne du Maurier, DBE, an English author and playwright
J. K. Rowling, OBE FRSL, a British novelist
Emily Brontë, an English novelist and poet
Margaret Atwood, CC OOnt FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature
Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights
Margaret Mitchell, an American author and journalist
Shirley Jackson, an American author
Willa Cather, an American author
Sylvia Plath, an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer
Toni Morrison, an American novelist, editor, and professor and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature
Anne Brontë, an English novelist and poet
Doris Lessing, a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Alice Munro, a Canadian author
S. E. Hinton, an American writer winner of the inaugural Margaret Edwards Award
Elizabeth Gaskell, a British novelist and short story writer
Marguerite Yourcenar, a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist and winner of the Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize
Lois Lowry, an Newbery Medal award winning American writer
Patricia Highsmith, an American novelist and short story writer
Elizabeth Bowen, CBE was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, a 19th-century German poet, author, and composer
Anne Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and literary critic
Dodie Smith, an English novelist and playwright
E. Annie Proulx, an American journalist and author
Diana Gabaldon, an American author
Suzanne Collins, an American television writer and novelist
Shirley Hazzard, an Australian author of fiction and non-fiction
Ayn Rand, a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
Martina Cole, a British crime writer, businesswoman and occasional television presenter
Elizabeth von Arnim, an Australian-born British novelist
Karin Boye, a Swedish poet and novelist
Linda Lael Miller, an American author of contemporary and historical romance novels
Debra Webb, an American author of romantic suspense novels
Best Selling Female Authors (by # books sold)
J. K. Rowling
Stan and Jan Berenstain
Ann M. Martin
Mary Higgins Clark
Who Does Your Greatest Success Look Like?
Do you have a success hero? Over the next few posts, I’ll explore the successes of these authors and those of the top science fiction and fantasy authors. We’ll discuss lessons we can take from them. Do any of these authors look like your greatest success hero? Are there women in other fields you consider your success hero?