Quotes Essay

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It [science fiction] is untrustworthy as a source of "facts," since these may be wrong, or at least out of date. There is nothing wrong, however, with science fiction as a way of arousing interest in science...it doesn't matter whether the scientific background of a science fiction story is accidentally wrong through ignorance, deliberately wrong through the exigencies of the plot, or simply out-of-date through the progress of science. If the story is interesting, it can be used...that's the ...view middle of the document...

"Learning Device," IASFM, August 1979
Asimov on Science Fiction, pg.37

It is change, continuing change inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the word as it will be - and naturally this means that there must be an accurate perception of the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our Everyman, must take on a science fictional way of thinking, whether he likes it or not or even whether he knows it or not. Only so can the deadly problems of today be solved.
"My Own View," The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Holdstock, ed., 1978
Asimov on Science Fiction, pg 5.

What's importance about science fiction, even crucial, is the very thing that gave it birth-the perception of change through technology. It is not that science fiction predicts this particular change or that that makes it important, it is that it predicts change.
"My Own View," The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Holdstock, ed., 1978
Asimov on Science Fiction, pg 5.

Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.
"How Easy to See the Future!," Natural History, April 1975
Asimov on Science Fiction, pg. 62

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