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Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits Paperback – October 10, 2005

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Westfahl defines a science fiction quotation as coming from novels, short stories, films, and TV programs (with some attention given to plays, radio dramas, and comic books) and being about works of science fiction or from science fiction writers. Organized under topical headings, more than 2,900 quotations offer the wisdom and wit of well-known authors like Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov as well as lesser-known personalities like J. O. Bailey and Stirling Silliphant and from titles as varied as The Strawberry Window, Cat's Cradle, and The Thing (from another World). Westfahl has published extensively in the field of science fiction and received the 2003 Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship.

Beginning with "Actions" ("What I do I do because I like to do," Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange[1962]) and ending with "Work" ("Even if one has been to the moon, one has still to earn a living," H. G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon [1901]), many well-known and some more esoteric quotations are identified. Among other categories are "Belief," "Death," "Freedom," "Nature," "Reality," "Space," and "Utopia." The "History" and "Religion" sections, in particular, provide large and stimulating collections of quotations. Within categories, quotations are generally arranged chronologically. Titles in quotation marks are short stories, and italicized titles are books and films. An index of authors and an index of titles provide additional access points for readers.

In this well-researched work, Westfahl shows how diverse the genre of science fiction has been and remains. Most public and academic libraries will want to purchase. Susan Awe
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“A massive undertaking that would have daunted all but the most indefatigable of researchers—and one for which generations of science fiction writers and enthusiasts will be extremely grateful.”—Sir Arthur C. Clarke, from the foreword

(Sir Arthur C. Clarke)

“A collection of quotes from many of the most thoughtful, insightful, and witty figures in the field”

(Greg L. Johnson SF Site)

“. . .well-researched. . .Most public and academic libraries will want to purchase.”—Booklist


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (October 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300108001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300108002
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Walsh on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ok, so not all of your faves might be here, but what is here is great. Useful index too. Great book to have to improve the sig lines in your emails!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Higgins on April 22, 2010
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Some good quotes, some from sources I was not able to find even on Google. No real theme or thread to the flow. And the introductions will put you to sleep. Index was well done, but if the content is lacking no amount of good indexing will help it.
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