David Brin: “Make the spy bugs smaller”

Science fiction writer & future/tech consultant David Brin was kind enough to give me his take on a quote from grand master Robert Anson Heinlein!

The main thing achieved by any ‘privacy law’ is to make the spy bugs smaller.

In the last decades, surveillance grids have been established that caused critics to despair 1984 had arrived, just a few years late… Fast forward to today: smartphones capture personal/corporate/government abuses & the internet transmits them to millions it then rallies against those abuses.

David Brin has been mulling that quote for a while, & argues in his book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom that “(i)f police cameras watch us, shouldn’t we be able to watch police stations?
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SF Quotes, Sykes & Lafferty: kindly towels kindle!

I’m happy to have esteemed and crazy writer-persons Mur Lafferty (MurVerse.com) & Sam Sykes (SamSykes.com) offer up their take on three SF quotes that have stuck with them through the years. Both these artists are good people & I’m happy to have their thoughts. Mur is a podcaster, editor, author & essayist. Her latest book in the ‘Afterlife’ series, War, is out now! Sam is the author of the The Aeons’ Gate fantasy trilogy. Book 2, Black Halo, is out now!

“Would you kindly” … “A towel” … “…breathe fire…”

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Brand Gamblin: “They tried and died.”

Listen along or read author & podcaster Brand Gamblin‘s take on science fiction and heroes and real stakes. All wrapped up in a nice bow, with a gom jabbar.   download

They tried and died.

In David Lynch’s “Dune”, a young prince is brought in to be tested by the Bene Gesserit Reverand Mother. She tells him that the test is very difficult, and that many had tried. He asks, “They tried and failed?” The reverend mother replies, “They tried and died.”

This is a quote that resonates with the sci-fi group, because no matter how full of cyberpunk dystopian angst our stories may get, we always have hope.

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Lilith Saintcrow: “Fear is the mind-killer”

This week, author Lilith Saintcrow shares her love for a book that came along at just the right time to send shock waves through her understanding of who she was, and alter the trajectory of the woman she would come to be.

Fear is the mind-killer.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.

I have to confess I’ve never read beyond the first book in the Dune series.
I attempted Dune: Messiah and just didn’t get anywhere. I did, however, read Dune at exactly the right time in my young life. I was too young to notice most of the glaring holes, and the style—if one can call it that—didn’t matter to me. I also could have cared less about Paul Atreides.

No, I wanted to be a Bene Gesserit.

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Frank Marcopolos: “…same way that bricks don’t.”

Everybody remembers that brush with greatness that helps you carry on. It’s even stronger for a writer. Frank Marcopolos (@frankmarcopolos on twitter) was grazed like that, by a ball of incandescent gas named Douglas Adams, and he remembers it well.

“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Jamie Todd Rubin: “All Major Changes…”

Jamie Todd Rubin name drops some great writers, and (@jamietr on twitter) tackles the stories we love, and the formats we read in. Jamie loves the classics, which gives his thoughts on the igniting ebook market special weight.

“All major changes are like death. You can’t see to the other side until you’re there.”
Dr. Ian Malcom, Michael Chricton’s Jurassic Park.

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