Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
Penguin Science Fiction (1961) Introduction
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of Hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay.Brian AldissBillion Year Spree : The History of Science Fiction (1973); and the revised edition: Trillion Year Spree : The History of Science Fiction (1986)
Most SF is about madness, or what is currently ruled to be madness; this is part of its attraction — it's always playing with how much the human mind can encompass.Brian Aldiss"In Conversation: Brian Aldiss & James Blish" in Cypher (October 1973); republished in The Tale That Wags the God (1987) by James Blish
One of the objections I have against Campbell's Astounding was that there was too little love in it. It was a very loveless magazine. They never took enough account of the feeling that is always in SF.Brian Aldiss"In Conversation: Brian Aldiss & James Blish" in Cypher (October 1973)
Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.Brian Aldiss"Apéritif" in Bury My Heart at W.H. Smith's (1990)
I was hardly fit for human society. Thus destiny shaped me to be a science fiction writer.Brian AldissThe Twinkling of an Eye: My Life as an Englishman (1998) Unsourced variant: "Why had I become a writer in the first place? Because I wasn't fit for society; I didn't fit into the system."
Digging deep in a Martian desertmen discovered an enormous brain.It suddenly started to think at them —So they covered it up again...Brian Aldiss"The Deceptive Truth", The Dark Sun Rises (2002)
Most of my poetry lies beyond the SF field, yet here I am corralled into 'SF poetry' as part of this poetry weekend. Of course, some might say, 'you've made your own bed — now you must lie in it!' But, while fully accepting that dictum, I'm not yet quite prepared to lie down...Brian AldissAs quoted in web article "The Brian Aldiss Connection", The Zone
To be a standard shape is not all in life. To know is also important.Brian AldissChapter 5 (Hothouse (1962))
Man was an accident on this world or it would have been made better for him!Brian AldissChapter 18 (Hothouse (1962))
In the extraordinary ancestral compost heap of your unconscious mind, I have burrowed too long.Brian AldissHothouse, Chapter 23 (1962)
One of the characteristics of age was that all avenues of talk led backward in time.Brian AldissChapter 1 “The River: Sparcot” (p. 21)
The shuffle only demonstrated people’s fatuous belief in a political cure for a human condition.Brian AldissChapter 6 “London” (p. 170)
If more people had put their fellow human beings before abstractions last century, we shouldn’t be where we are now.Brian AldissChapter 7 “The River: The End” (p. 190)
Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.Brian AldissBrian Aldiss, Penguin Science Fiction (1961) Introduction
Science fiction is the search for a definition of man and his status in the universe which will stand in our advanced but confused state of knowledge (science), and is characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mould.Brian AldissBrian Aldiss, Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction (1973), Ch. 1: "The Origins of the Species"
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