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Madge: I don’t know why I keep shouting at them…

Madge: I don't know why I keep shouting at them.The Doctor: Because every time you see them happy you remember how sad they're going to be. And it breaks your heart. Because what's the point in them being happy now if they're going to be sad later. The answer is, of course, because they are going to be sad later.~ The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe

Madge: I don’t know why I keep shouting at them.The Doctor: Because every time you see them happy you remember how sad they’re going to be. And it breaks your heart. Because what’s the point…

Well we’ve moved through the funfair a bit – we…

Well we've moved through the funfair a bit - we've done the rollercoaster, now we're on the ghost train.

Well we’ve moved through the funfair a bit – we’ve done the rollercoaster, now we’re on the ghost train.

Clara Oswald: This is just a dream, but very cl…

Clara Oswald: This is just a dream, but very clever people can hear dreams. So please, just listen. I know you're afraid, but being afraid is all right, because didn't anybody ever tell you fear is a superpower? Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day, you'll come back to this barn and on that day you're going to be very afraid indeed. But that's ok because if you're very wise and very strong, fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn't matter if there's nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it's ok to be afraid of it. You're always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there. But that's ok, because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I'm going to leave you with something just so you always remember: Fear makes companions of us all. -Listen, Doctor Who, episode 8.4

Clara Oswald: This is just a dream, but very clever people can hear dreams. So please, just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is all right, because didn’t anybody ever tell you fear…

[A] couple I had known – who were old friends -…

[A] couple I had known - who were old friends - asked me what I was going to work on next. I told them I wanted to write a near future book about AIDS concentration camps. They were vehement in their response: they thought it was a terrible idea. Their words both shocked and saddened me. "Do you really want to write a book about homosexuals?" they asked me. "Won't people who read your work be influenced toward sin?"I notice that I don't hear from them much lately.

[A] couple I had known – who were old friends – asked me what I was going to work on next. I told them I wanted to write a near future book about AIDS concentration…

[P]eople only make decisions based on what they…

[P]eople only make decisions based on what they know. You can have everyone in the country vote freely and democratically and still come up with the wrong answer - if the information they base that decision on is wrong. People don't want the truth [when] it is complicated. They don't want to spend years debating an issue. They want it homogenized, sanitized, and above all, simplified into terms they can understand...Governments are often criticized for moving slowly, but that deliberateness, it turns out, is their strength. They take time to think through complex problems before they act. People, however, are different. People react first from the gut and then from the head...give that knee-jerk reflex real power to make its overwhelming will known as a national mandate instantly and you can cause a political riot. Combine these sins - simplification of information and instant, visceral democratic mandates - and you lose the ability to cool down. There is no longer deliberation time between events that may or may not be true and our reaction to them. Policy becomes instinct rather than thought.

[P]eople only make decisions based on what they know. You can have everyone in the country vote freely and democratically and still come up with the wrong answer – if the information they base that…

Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuris…

Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuristic or other-worldly setting, stir in an imaginative plot and fascinating characters, and a science fiction novel emerges from the cosmic mix.

Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuristic or other-worldly setting, stir in an imaginative plot and fascinating characters, and a science fiction novel emerges from the cosmic mix.

I searched my mind for the right visualization….

I searched my mind for the right visualization. I knew it had to start with what I put in my head. That is where all my accomplishments are formed.

I searched my mind for the right visualization. I knew it had to start with what I put in my head. That is where all my accomplishments are formed.

But then science is nothing but a series of que…

But then science is nothing but a series of questions that lead to more questions.

But then science is nothing but a series of questions that lead to more questions.

We’re living in science fiction, but we don’t r…

We're living in science fiction, but we don't realize it.

We’re living in science fiction, but we don’t realize it.

And that’s what I don’t like about magic, Capta…

And that's what I don't like about magic, Captain. 'cos it's *magic*. You can't ask questions, it's magic. It doesn't explain anything, it's magic. You don't know where it comes from, it's magic! That's what I don't like about magic, it does everything by magic!

And that’s what I don’t like about magic, Captain. ‘cos it’s *magic*. You can’t ask questions, it’s magic. It doesn’t explain anything, it’s magic. You don’t know where it comes from, it’s magic! That’s what…

Well, no. I thought you were a criminal.

Well, no. I thought you were a criminal.

Well, no. I thought you were a criminal.

I knew revenge like the ghost of an old friend….

I knew revenge like the ghost of an old friend." ~ #1001

I knew revenge like the ghost of an old friend.” ~ #1001

I knew what made you tick from the moment we fi…

I knew what made you tick from the moment we first met. That’s why I punched you between the legs.”~ #1001 & Caleb

I knew what made you tick from the moment we first met. That’s why I punched you between the legs.”~ #1001 & Caleb

[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now….

[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they're writing it!

[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they’re writing it!

I have never met a person who possessed a privi…

I have never met a person who possessed a privilege who did not exercise that privilege to the fullest extent that they possibly could. Say what you like of a belief...of a party...of a finance system..of a power. All I see is privilege and its consequences. States are not in my opinion composed of structures supporting privilege but of structures denying it...in other words deciding who is not invited to the table.

I have never met a person who possessed a privilege who did not exercise that privilege to the fullest extent that they possibly could. Say what you like of a belief…of a party…of a finance…

I get tired of hearing some science-fiction fan…

I get tired of hearing some science-fiction fans saying that characterization isn't important in SF. In point of fact, I think it's probably more important in SF than in mainstream fiction. After all, if the author can't characterize humans well, he or she probably can't characterize aliens well either.

I get tired of hearing some science-fiction fans saying that characterization isn’t important in SF. In point of fact, I think it’s probably more important in SF than in mainstream fiction. After all, if the…

No, when the time comes, I’m sure I’ll kill jus…

No, when the time comes, I’m sure I’ll kill just like everybody else. I can’t go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me.

No, when the time comes, I’m sure I’ll kill just like everybody else. I can’t go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they…

Let the Hunger Games Begin!

Let the Hunger Games Begin!

Let the Hunger Games Begin!

So as near as I could tell the end of the world…

So as near as I could tell the end of the world began roughly about the time that Billy Carver’s butt rang about halfway through the War of 1812.

So as near as I could tell the end of the world began roughly about the time that Billy Carver’s butt rang about halfway through the War of 1812.

… You have to pull the feet to break the neck…

... You have to pull the feet to break the neck. They let the loved ones do it.

… You have to pull the feet to break the neck. They let the loved ones do it.

Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I d…

Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome into his house, so I might burn it down. But then his daughter takes my hand, and I feel all the lies fall heavy on my shoulders. They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.

Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome into his house, so…

Where have all the Fembots gone?

Where have all the Fembots gone?

Where have all the Fembots gone?

Im wyższa w galaktyce cywilizacja, tym więcej t…

Im wyższa w galaktyce cywilizacja, tym więcej tam naśmiecono.

Im wyższa w galaktyce cywilizacja, tym więcej tam naśmiecono.

German:Die Buchhandlung erinnerte an ein elektr…

German:Die Buchhandlung erinnerte an ein elektronisches Labor. Bücher waren kleine Kristalle mit gespeichertem Inhalt. Lesen konnte man sie mit Hilfe eines Optons. Der sah einem Buch sogar ähnlich, allerdings mit nur einer einzigen Seite zwischen den Einbanddeckeln. Berührte man dieses eine Blatt, so erschienen hintereinander die Textseiten in ihrer Reihenfolge. Aber es wurde - wie mir der Roboter-Verkäufer sagte - von den Optonen wenig Gebrauch gemacht. Das Publikum zog die Lektonen vor - sie lasen laut vor, und man konnte sie auf eine beliebige Stimmart, Tempo und Modulation einstellen.Englisch:The bookstore resembled, instead, an electronic laboratory. The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it. But optons were little used, the sales-robot told me. The public preferred lectons - like lectons read out loud, they could be set to any voice, tempo, and modulation.

German:Die Buchhandlung erinnerte an ein elektronisches Labor. Bücher waren kleine Kristalle mit gespeichertem Inhalt. Lesen konnte man sie mit Hilfe eines Optons. Der sah einem Buch sogar ähnlich, allerdings mit nur einer einzigen Seite zwischen…

I was never able to conquer the distance betwee…

I was never able to conquer the distance between persons. An animal is fixed to its here-and-now by the senses, but man manages to detach himself, to remember, to sympathize with others, to visualize their states of mind and feelings: this, fortunately, is not true. In such attempts at pseudo merging and transferral we are only able, imperfectly, darkly, to visualize ourselves. What would happen to us if we could truly sympathize with others, feel with them, suffer for them? The fact that human anguish, fear, and suffering melt away with the death of the individual, that nothing remains of the ascents, the declines, the orgasms, and the agonies, is a praiseworthy gift of evolution, which made us like the animals. If from every unfortunate, from every victim, there remained even a single atom of his feelings, if thus grew the inheritance ofthe generations, if even a spark could pass from man to man, the world would be full of raw, bowel-torn howling.We are like snails, each stuck to his own leaf.

I was never able to conquer the distance between persons. An animal is fixed to its here-and-now by the senses, but man manages to detach himself, to remember, to sympathize with others, to visualize their…

I never read to kill time. Killing time is like…

I never read to kill time. Killing time is like killing someone's wife or a child. There is nothing more precious for me than time.

I never read to kill time. Killing time is like killing someone’s wife or a child. There is nothing more precious for me than time.

One day I found him amid large packages from wh…

One day I found him amid large packages from which spilled attractive, glossy paperbacks with mythical covers. He had tried to use, as a "generator of ideas" — for we were running out of them — those works of fantastic literature, that popular genre (especially in the States), called, by a persistent misconception, "science fiction." He had not read such books before; he was annoyed — indignant, even — expecting variety, finding monotony. "They have everything except fantasy," he said. Indeed, a mistake. The authors of these pseudo-scientific fairy tales supply the public with what it wants: truisms, clichés, stereotypes, all sufficiently costumed and made "wonderful" so that the reader may sink into a safe state of surprise and at the same time not be jostled out of his philosophy of life. If there is progress in a culture, the progress is above all conceptual, but literature, the science-fiction variety in particular, has nothing to do with that.

One day I found him amid large packages from which spilled attractive, glossy paperbacks with mythical covers. He had tried to use, as a “generator of ideas” — for we were running out of them…

We are all of the same substance, the same life…

We are all of the same substance, the same life. Though there are many differences between us, those are merely the shadows that delineate our boundaries. Our light is the same.

We are all of the same substance, the same life. Though there are many differences between us, those are merely the shadows that delineate our boundaries. Our light is the same.

On the surface, I was calm: in secret, without …

On the surface, I was calm: in secret, without really admitting it, I was waiting for something. Her return? How could I have been waiting for that? We all know that we are material creatures, subject to the laws of physiology and physics, and not even the power of all our feelings combined can defeat those laws. All we can do is detest them. The age-old faith of lovers and poets in the power of love, stronger than death, that finis vitae sed non amoris, is a lie, useless and not even funny. So must one be resigned to being a clock that measures the passage of time, now out of order, now repaired, and whose mechanism generates despair and love as soon as its maker sets it going? Must I go on living here then, among the objects we both had touched, in the air she had breathed? In the name of what? In the hope of her return? I hoped for nothing. And yet I lived in expectation. Since she had gone, that was all that remained. I did not know what achievements, what mockery, even what tortures still awaited me. I knew nothing, and I persisted in the faith that the time of cruel miracles was not past.

On the surface, I was calm: in secret, without really admitting it, I was waiting for something. Her return? How could I have been waiting for that? We all know that we are material creatures,…

Fantastic accomplishments seem like something u…

Fantastic accomplishments seem like something unattainable and everyone doing the extraordinary seems to be unlike you until YOU do something amazing. Then you realize those talented, heroic leaders are not different from you in any important way." Clara Branon, Ph.D., "This Is/Is Not the Way I Thought Things Would Change," Volume III, "The Spanners Series

Fantastic accomplishments seem like something unattainable and everyone doing the extraordinary seems to be unlike you until YOU do something amazing. Then you realize those talented, heroic leaders are not different from you in any…

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