Media - Quotes from Science Fiction
21.02.2012, 21:52

Media - Quotes from Science Fiction


A lot of quotations carefully collected from a very big amount of books and divided by categories.

Have fun reading it, this is really interesting and breathtaking!



Whom the gods would destroy, they first give TV.

- Arthur C. Clarke, ''Voices from the Sky'' (1959)


The Fenshawes were conventional people who lifted their convictions and opinions from the pages of the Daily Chronicle.

- Stanislaw Lem, The Investigation (1959), translated by Adele Milch (1974)


''Remind me,'' Jubal told her, ''to write an article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five billion strangers.''

- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)


There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.We are controlling transmission.We will control the horizontal, we will control the vertical.We can change the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to . . . The Outer Limits.

- Leslie Stevens, opening narration, The Outer Limits (TV series, 1963)


KNBS was running an in-depth report on the rape of Carroll, California. ''My God,'' the man on Randall's left hoarsely whispered. ''How can they show pictures like that?'' Inside Randall a delayed explosion found release. [. . .] ''Because you bastards watch them!'' he screamed.

- Edward Bryant, ''The 10:00 Report Is Brought to You By . . .'' (1972)


The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

- William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)


The sky above the Skye household was the color of a TV tuned to The Brady Bunch.

- Paul Di Filippo, ''Earth Shoes'' (1997)


We were the people who were not in the papers.We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.

- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1986)


First you see video. Then you wear video. Then you eat video. Then you be video.

- Pat Cadigan, ''Pretty Boy Crossover'' (1986)


These people figure video was the Lord's preferred means of communicating, the screen itself a kind of perpetually burning bush.

- William Gibson, Virtual Light (1993)


It's been revealed to Reverend Fallon that virtual reality's a medium of Satan, cause you don't watch enough TV after you start doing it . . .

- William Gibson, Virtual Light (1993)


Time in a Federal Orphanage had a way of acquainting you with dead media platforms.

- William Gibson, Idoru (1996)


What is it with reporters? You take one person's tragedy and force the world to experience it. You spread it like sickness.

- Ehren Kruger, The Ring (film, 2002)

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