COURSE OF THE FOREIGN LITERATURE
SCIENCE FICTION STORIES
by Ray Bradbury
'Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about.'
'In science fiction, we dream. In order to colonize in space, to rebuild our cities, which are so far out of whack, to tackle any number of problems, we must imagine the future, including the new technologies that are required.'
'Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.'
'I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.'
'Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.'