In economics, unlike fiction and the theater, there is no harm in a premature disclosure of the plot: it is to see the changes just mentioned and others as an interlocked whole.
fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare 's plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers that these webs are not spun in midair by incorporeal creatures, but are the work of suffering human beings, and are attached to the grossly material things, like health and money and the houses we live in.virginia woolf
[Vathek] has, in parts, been called, but to some judgments, never is, dull: it is certainly in parts, grotesque, extravagant and even nasty. But Beckford could plead sufficient "local colour" for it, and a contrast, again almost Shakespearean, between the flickering farce atrocities of the beginning and the sombre magnificence of the end. Beckford's claims, in fact, rest on the half-score or even half-dozen pages towards the end: but these pages are hard to parallel in the later literature of prose fiction.william thomas beckford
The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective.Raymond Chandler
In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.Catherine Drinker bowen
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.doris lessing
His central characters are the pioneer, the doctor, the scientist, the businessman, and the feminist. The appeal of his best fiction lies in the opposition between his idealistic protagonists and an array of fools, charlatans, and scoundrels - evangelists, editorialists, pseudo-artists, cultists, and boosters.sinclair lewis
Expectation is a statistical fiction, like having 2.5 children.william poundstone
One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of mind . Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Two-thirds of 2001 is realistic hardware and technology to establish background for the metaphysical , philosophical , and religious meanings later.arthur c. clarke
The "great tradition" does not brook even the possibility of libidinal gratification between the pages as an end in itself, and FR Leavis's "eat up your broccoli" approach to fiction emphasises this junkfood/wholefood dichotomy.f. r. leavis
Poetry is the supreme fiction , madame. Take the moral law and make a nave of it And from the nave build haunted heaven . Thus, The conscience is converted into palms, Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.wallace stevens
For people who have no critical acumen , a state is a mythical entity, for those who think critically it is a rational fiction , created by man in order to facilitate human coexistence.
If Pulp fiction had been set in the Sussex countryside and I'm sure it could have workedthen things might have turned out very differently.Hugh Grant
fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.virginia woolf
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.Isaac Asimov
The great temple of fiction has no well-marked front portal; most devoteesarrivethrough a side door, and not dressed for worship.John Hoyer Updike
The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else.frédéric bastiat
Science fiction is, after all, the art of extrapolation.
History is bright and fiction dull with homely men who have charmed women.o. henry
As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary.charles de lint
Fortunately, there is more to life than death. There is for one thing, fiction. A thousand thousand characters to be sent marching out into the world to divert time from its forward gallop to the terrible horizon.fay weldon
When a story has gone the grand circuit, and travels back to us uncontradicted, we may reasonably begin to relax in our belief of it. If nobody questions it, it is manifestly a fiction; if it passes current, it is almost sure to be a counterfeit. The course of truth never yet ran smooth.samuel laman blanchard
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction , to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.richard feynman
Fact and fiction carry the same intrinsic weight in the marketplace of ideas. Fortunately, reality has no advertising budget.daniel suarez
Coincidence is a pimp and a cardsharper in ordinary fiction but a marvelous artist in the patterns of facts recollected by a non-ordinary memorist.
Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true .
Remember that Jules Verne was a sort of Shakespeare of science fiction, and we would feel derelict if we did not give his stories in our columns.
I have always had the greatest contempt for novels written with a purpose. fiction should render, not draw morals. But?I sinned against my gods to the extent of saying that I was goingto the level of the light vouchsafed meto write a work that should have for its purpose the obviating of all future wars.