David Brin Quotes


22 David Brin quotes:



"Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses?"
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"Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy."
"Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author's product. The real universe ain't that way, and neither are my fictive ones."
"Fortunately, human beings are remarkably diverse models to work from."
"I find humans tremendously interesting."
"I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring."
"In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens."
"My education and background thoroughly inform my writing."
"My first duty to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea."
"One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events."
"Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I've had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam... and I'm not happy to be right in all of those cases."
"She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted."
"The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal."
"There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives."
"We already live a very long time for mammals, getting three times as many heartbeats as a mouse or elephant. It never seems enough though, does it?"
"It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power."
"When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else."
"But it is a delightful challenge to try to depict interesting aliens."
"Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on."
"But honestly, if you do a rigorous survey of my work, I'll bet you'll find that biology is a theme far more often than physical science."



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