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"Below a certain age, [children] don’t distinguish between ‘true’ and ‘not true,’ because they see no reason that a white rabbit shouldn’t possess a pocket watch, that whales shouldn’t talk, or that sentient beings shouldn’t live on other planets and travel around in spaceships. Science-fiction tropes aren’t read as ‘science fiction’; they’re read as fiction. And fiction is read as reality. And sometimes reality lives under the bed and has very large teeth, and it’s no use pretending otherwise."

from The Spider Women, by Margaret Atwood

The New Yorker: The Science Fiction Issue, June 4 & 11, 2012

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"'Pay no attention to the spaceships and post-holocaust scenery, or the mutants,' you say. 'My novel is not sci-fi; it is literature.' But these days all such fancy dances begin to look quaint. I'm grateful to people such as Michael Chabon, who came crashing like a golem out of Berkeley across the genre walls and through the gated communities and left them in rubble."

from The Golden Age, by Ursula K. Le Guin

The New Yorker: The Science Fiction Issue, June 4 & 11, 2012

OH LOOK, all of my Michael Chabon feels conveniently wrapped into one perfect sentence.

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I dare anyone to watch this and not immediately want to see a full-length feature film and write fic for it.  (The animator has more work on her Vimeo channel of equal FRIGGIN ADORABLENESS.) 

(Source: modmad, via mieraspeller)

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"I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled ‘science fiction’ ever since, and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal."

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will