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The saddest aspect of life now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Isaac Asimov, science fiction author

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Some natural skepticism as to the purity of all human motives came and sat upon my chest.

Roger Zelazny, Roger Joseph Zelazny, science fiction author

Sometimes I think we are alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we are not.

In either case, the idea is quite staggering.

Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author

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What sane individual could live in this world and not be crazy?

It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.

Ursula K. LeGuin, science fiction author

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The mystic sacrifices self for society, the egotist sacrifices society for self. All the apocalyptist's throughout time have always seen themselves as chosen and the rest of the Earth as damned to holocaust - sacrificing the Earth for themselves, always completely inverting what their particular Holy One was about.

The egotism of the apocalyptist is also seen in a perverted abstract sensualism, which dares not look upon the image of an innocent naked child yet fantasizes about the tempting beauty of the Whore of Babylon.

This objectifying ego is further seen, more subtly but more importantly in the fact that millenialists and apocalyptists choose to see the apocalypse and the utopian paradise as some thing "out there" in the world, as the rending of the Veil of Appearances through global catastrophe and endtime destruction, followed by a thousand years of the Perfect State - rather than choosing to face the apocalypse and the paradise within, happier by far but far more difficult, the remaking/remembering/revealing in the individual soul, the "lifting of the Veil of Appearances" through the ecstacy of that vision which leads one to live on this Earth as if it were heaven/paradise/utopia.

Howard V. Hendrix, science fiction author

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Systems of ideology and religion can be recognized by the kinds of societies that invented them.

The means by which people feed themselves determine how they think and what they believe.

Agricultural societies believe in rain gods and seed gods and gods for every manner of thing that might affect the harvest (China). People who herd animals believe in a shepherd god. In both these kinds of cultures you see a primitive notion of gods as helpers, as big people watching from above, like parents.

The religions that say you should sacrifice or even pray to a god like that, to ask them to do something material for you, are the religions of desperate and ignorant people.

It is only when you get to the more advanced secure societies that you get a religion ready to face the universe honestly, to announce there is no clear sign of divinity, except for the existence of the cosmos in and of itself, which means that everything is holy, whether or not there be a god looking down on it.

Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction author

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Zombies were a topic that fascinated Sister Seventh.

An ancient hypothesis of the original pre-Singularity ur-civilization, a zombie was a non-self-conscious entity that acted just like a conscious one: it laughed, cried, talked, ate, and generally behaved just like a real person, and if questioned, would claim to be conscious - but behind its superficial behavior, there was nobody home, no internalized model of the universe it lived in.

The philosophers had hypothesized that no such zombies existed, and that everything that claimed personhood was actually a person.

Sister Seventh was less convinced.

Human beings - those rugose, endothermic anthropoids with their ridiculously small incisors and anarchic social arrangements - didn't seem very real to her. So she was perpetually searching for evidence that, actually, they weren't people at all.


You don't fight an infowar attack with missiles and lasers, any more than you attack a railway locomotive with spears and stone axes. You don't fight a replicator attack by throwing energy and matter at machines that will just use them for fuel.


The more he was forced to corrupt his ideals, the more he ached inside, and the more it grieved him, the more he hated the people who forced him to such hideous, bloody extremity of action - until they, in turn, became grist for the machinery of revolution, and subsequently bar stock for the scalpel blades that prodded his conscience and kept him awake long into the night, planning the next wave of purges and forcible uploads.


Time travel destabilizes history.

History is a child of contingency; so many events depend on critical misunderstandings or transient encounters that even the apocryphal butterfly's wing is apt to stir up a storm in short order.

A single misunderstood telegram in June of 1917 permitted the Bolshevik revolution to become a possibility; a single spy in 1958 extended the Cold War by a decade.

In a universe which permits time travel, history itself becomes unstable and the equilibrium can only be restored when the diabolical mechanism edits itself out of the picture. But that's scant comfort for the trillions of entities who silently cease to exist in the wake of a full-blown time storm.

It's hardly surprising that, whenever intelligent beings arise in such a universe, they will seek to use closed timelike curves to prevent their own extinction.

Faster-than-light travel being possible, general relativity tells us that it is indistinguishable from time travel; and this similarity makes the technologies of total annihilation dreadfully accessible.

In the small, stupid little organizations like The New Republic seek to gain advantage over their contemporaries and rivals.

In the large, vast, cool intellects seek to stabilize their universe in the form most suitable to them.

Their tampering may be as simple as preventing rivals from editing them out of the stable historical record - or it may be as sophisticated as meddling with the early epochs of the big bang, back before the Higgs field decayed into the separate fundamental forces that bind the universe together to ensure just the right ratio of physical constants to support life.

Charles Stross, science fiction author

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