- § Edwin A. Abbott
Flatland by A.Square The Book
| "O day and night, but this is wondrous strange" |
| ______ _______ __ |
| / / /| / / /| /| / / \ |
| /---- / /__| / / /__| / | / / / |
| / /___ / | / /___ / | / |/ /__ / |
| No Dimensions One Dimension |
| . A ROMANCE OF MANY DIMENSIONS ----- |
| POINTLAND LINELAND |
| Two Dimensions Three Dimensions |
| ___ __ |
| | | /__/| |
| |___| |__|/ |
| FLATLAND SPACELAND |
| "Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk!" |
- § David Ambrose
mother of god
'The more we look at it, the more the universe appears to have
been designed by a pure mathematician and looks less and less
like a great machine and more and more like a great thought'
Sir James Jeans
- § Poul Anderson
'Thus Leonora Christine, seventh & yongest of her class.
Her outward simplicity was required by the nature of her
mission & was as as a human skin; inside, she was very nearly
as complex & subtle...
Leonora Christine was nearing the third year of her
journey, or the tenth as the stars counted time, when grief
came upon her...'
The Queen of Air & Darkness (Anthology of same title)
'He played on a bone flute & she sang...
His notes piped cold around her voice
'Cast a spell, weave it well
of dust & dew & night & you.''
- § Piers Anthony
- § Isaac Asimov FAQ
'HARI SELDON - born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era:
died 12,069. Undoubtedly his greatest contributions were in
the field of psychohistory.
Seldon found the field little more than a set of vague
axioms; he left it a profound statistical science.
'In a month we celebrate our fiftieth anniversary ...
& on that anniversary,' continued Fara, placidly, 'Hari
Seldon's Vault will open. Have you ever considered what
might be in the vault?'
The lights went dim ... the cubicle was no longer empty.
A figure occupied it - a figure in a wheel-chair!
It said nothing for a few minutes, but it closed the book
upon its lap & fingered it idly. And then it smiled, & the
face seemed all alive. It said, 'I am Hari Seldon.' The
voice was old & soft.'
NightFall (Anthology of same title)
'If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years,
how would men believe & adore, & preserve for many
generations the remembrance of the city of God?'
'The Three Laws of Robotics
1 - A robot may not injure a human being, or, through
inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
2 - A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings
except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3 - A robot must protect its own existence as long as such
protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law
Handbook of Robotics
56th Edition, 2058 A.D.'
- § Margaret Atwood
* The Handmaid's Tale *
'In the desert there is no sign that says, Thou shalt not eat stones.'
- § J G Ballard
- § Iain M. Banks
* The Player of Games *
'This is the story of a man who went far away for a long
time, just to play a game. The man is a game-player called
'Gurgeh'. The story starts with a battle that is not a
battle, and ends with a game that is not a game.
Me? I'll tell you about me later.
This is how the story begins.'
- § James Blish
A Case of Conscience
'The Planet Lithia (from Michelis, D., & Ruis-Sanches, R,:
Lithia - a preliminary report, J.I.R. 4:225, 2050 abstract.)
Lithis is the second planet of the solar type star Alpha
Arietis which is located in the constellation Aries and is
approximately 50 light-years from Sol.'
Cities in Flight
'Every end', Wagoner wrote on the wall of his cell on the last
day, 'is a new beginning. Perhaps in a thousand years my
Earthmen will come home again. Or in two thousand or four, if
they still remember home then. They'll come back, yes; but I
hope they won't stay. I pray they will not stay.'
- § Leigh Brackett
The Long Tomorrow
'Two generations after the Destruction, rumors persisted about
a secret desert hideaway where scientists worked with dangerous
machines and where men plotted to revive the cities.
Almost a continent away, Len Coulter heard whisperings that
fired his imagination. Then one day he found a strange wooden box.'
Cover:Ballantine Books (paperback ed)
- § Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man
'The night was serene. I could hear the Illustrated Man's
breathing in the moonlight. Crickets were stirring gently
in the distant ravines..
The first Illustration flickered & came to life.'
I Sing the Body Electric (Anthology of same title)
'O dear & wondrous electric dream...'
- § Marion Zimmer Bradley
Beneath the blood red sun, beside their damaged spaceship,
they survived, until the day the ghost wind blew. It swept
their past before it & left a gift, the awakening in long
dormant chromosomes of the psi powers that were to become
the matrix sciences of Darkover.
- § Arthur C. Clarke
The Nine Billion Names of God (Anthology of same name)
'This is a slightly unusual request,' said Dr. Wagner, with
what he hoped was commendable restraint. 'As far as I know,
it's the first time anyone's been asked to supply a Tibetan
monastery with an Automatic Sequence Computer.''
Rendezvous with Rama
'Long ago, the astronomers had exhausted Greek & Roman
mythology; now they were working through the Hindu
pantheon. And so 31/439 was christened Rama.'
The Fountains of Paradise
'From Paradise to Taprobane is forty leagues;
there may be heard the sound of the Fountain of Paradise'
Traditional : reported by Friar Marignolli (AD 1335)
- § Orson Scott Card
* Ender Series *
'We have walked awhile on that road with Ender Wiggin.
He showed us things we might not otherwise have seen.'
Plikt speaking Ender's death - Children of the Mind
- § Rick Cook
* The Wiz Series *
'Virtual machines?' asked Moira.
'That's like a computer that isn't there,' Jerry said helpfully.
- § Samuel R. Delany
The Einstein Intersection
'In the second story of the old teahouse across the park
I sat in a corner away from the stove & tried to wrestle
my characters towards their endings. Soon I shall start
again. Endings to be useful must be inconclusive.'
Authors Journal/Istanful March 1966
- § Raymond M Feist
'Is he truly a dragon, sir?'
'Betimes he thinks he is, boy. Fantus is a firedrake, cousin
to the dragon, though of smaller stature.' The creature opened
one eye & fastened it on the magician. 'But of equal heart.'
Kulgan quickly added, and the drake closed his eye again.'
- § David Gerrold
When H.A.R.L.I.E was one
Human Analog Replication Lethetic Intelligence Engine
HARLIE : It is a question of your perception. If I am
just a machine, then all we are doing here is
looking for a malfunction in a program.
- § William Gibson
'A year here & he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken &
the corners he'd cut in Night City, & still he'd see the
matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding
across that colorless void...'
- § Joe Haldeman
You can't know space unless you were born there. You can
get used to it, maybe. You can't love the surface of a
planet if you were born in space. Not even Earth. Too big
& crowded & nothing between you & the sky. Things drop in
- § Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
- § Frank Herbert
Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife -- chopping
off what's incomplete and saying: 'Now, it's complete
because it's ended here.'
- from 'Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib' by Princess Urulan
- § Fred Hoyle
The Black Cloud
Queens' College, 19 August, 2020
My dear Blythe,
I trust you will forgive an old man for chuckling
occasionally to himself over some of your speculations
concerning the Black Cloud. As it happened, I was so
placed during the crisis that I learned of the real
nature of the cloud...
- § Fred Hoyle & John Elliot
A for Andromeda
A new radio-telescope picks up from the constellation of
Andromeda, two hundred light-years away, a complex series
of signals which prove to be a program for a giant computer.
- § Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
- § R.A. Lafferty
Nine Hundred Grandmothers (Anthology of same title)
'Some of the Proavitoi say that they do not die, Nokoma.
Is this true?'
'How is not be true? If they die, they not be here to say
they do not die. Oh, I joke, I joke. No, we do not die. It
is a foolish alien custom which we see no reason to imitate.'
- § Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness
'I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught
as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the
The Word for World is Forest
- § Tanith Lee
Drinking Saphire Wine
'The weather is always perfect at Four BEE, but now & then
the Jang manage to sabotage something, & we get a groshing
howling sandstorm come sweeping in past the barrier beams
to cheer us all up'
- § Zenna Henderson
'It has been Seen. Already our Home has been altered so far
that the failova & the flamen can't come to blossom. As we
accepted the fact that there were no failova & flahmen this
year, so we must accept the fact that there will be no more
Home for us.'
- § Stanislaw Lem
'A SENTIENT OCEAN, whose vast mind and enigmatic personality
was to try and trouble those humans who contacted it, sometimes
to the point of suicide...'
cover of the Berkeley paperback ed
- § Jacqueline Lichtenberg / Jean Lorrah
'Out of Death was I Born - Unto Zeor, Forever!'
Kly Farris Sectuib in Zeor
Zeor is not a place or a person. Zeor is the striving for
perfection, the dedication to excellence, the realization
of mankinds fullest potential - Sim & Gen united.'
- § * Anne McCaffrey *
Crystal Singer series
- § Vonda McIntyre
'In a world devastated by nuclear holocaust, Snake is a
healer. Rare & valuable is the dreamsnake - a creature
with the power to induce benign dreams, to smooth the
path between life & death.
cover of Pan Science Fiction Ed
- § Walter M. Miller, Jr.
* A Canticle for Leibowitz *
When the Atomic Rain had stopped, came the simplification.
All knowlledge was destroyed - only Leibowitz managed to
save some of the books. And the monks of the order of
Leibowitz inherited the sacred relics - spent their lives
copying, engraving, interpreting, trying to save the wisdom
of the ancients from the destruction threatened by a barbaric
& medieval world.
- § Larry Niven
Known Space Series
'Everything starts as someone's daydream'
- § Larry Niven
with Steven Barnes
Dream Park Recommended by Anthony Thyssen
One never knew what might be prowling on the fifth floor
of the R & D Building.
- § Larry Niven
with Jerry Pournelle
The Mote in God's Eye
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's
eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
- § George Orwell
Big Brother is watching you.
The Ministery of Truth, which concerned itself with news,
entertainment, education and the fine arts. The Ministery
of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of
Love, which maintained law & order. & the Ministry of Plenty,
which was responsible for economic affairs.
- § Alexei Panshin
Rite of Passage
'There are three major holidays here in the Ship.
On August 14, we celebrate the launching of the Ship - last August
it was one hundred & sixty-four years ago. Then between December
30 & January 1, we celebrate Year End. March 9th is something
different. That's the day the Earth was destroyed.'
- § Marge Piercy
Body of Glass
Not a pixie or wizard in sight but beware of things that go
bump in the night.
Recommended by David Syber of Syber's Books
- § Spider & Jeanne Robinson
'She was the world's greatest dancer - but she could
never dance on Earth. And so, in the emptiness of space,
the Stardance was born.'
cover Futura Quantum Ed
- § Joanna Russ
- § Thomas_Ryan
The Adolescence of P1
P-1 CUR ALLOC 20193.....5804M AR CALL GREGORY ...
He slowly typed
The wait light went out, the system light came on. It
stayed on for some five seconds, then:
P-1 CUR ALLOC 20195.....5805M HELLO GREGORY
- § Bob Shaw
Other Days, Other Eyes
- § Robert Sheckley
'Gentleman from Mars, age 43, quiet, studious, cultured,
wishes to exchange bodies with similarly inclined
August 1 - September 1.
References exchanged. Brokers. Protected'
- § Robert Silverberg
to remind him of open windows, the currents in the Delaware
river, quarters with two heads, & other pitfalls.'
- § Clifford D. Simak
No. 406301 to station 18327. Traveler at 16097.38.
Native Thuban VI. No baggage. No. 3 liquid tank. Solution 27.
Depart for station 12892 at 16439.16. Confirm.
- § E.E.Doc Smith
'Doc" Smith defines space opera. Heros are larger than life.
Villians are blacker than space, and Weapons are humongously
powerful. And the writing, frankly, sucked. In all fairness,
the best of "Doc" Smith is fairly good. And if you are willing
to overlook the prose, you get the straight "sense of wonder"
stuff, 180 proof.'
- § Startrek Series
- The Next Generation
- Deep Space Nine
- The Star Trek Archive
More than Human
'Homo gestalt, the last step in man's evolution.'
- § James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon)
10,000 Lightyears from Home (Anthology)
'The [aliens] had been in our system exactly thirteen hours,
during which the united brains of Earth had demonstrated
all the initiative of a shocked opossum.'
- § John Varley
Steel Beach & The Ophiuchi Hotline
The Invaders came in 2050...They did not kill anyone outright.
They said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of
Earth - dolphins & whales. The humans resisted, but their
weapons refused to operate. The Invaders quietly destroyed
every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed
- § Vernor Vinge
A Fire Upon The Deep
'The structures on the surface were gone from normal view,
pulverized into regolith across a span of aeons. The treasure
was far underground, beneath a network of passages, in a room
filled with black. Information at the quantum density, undamaged.
Maybe five billion years had passed since the archive was lost
to the nets.
- § H.G. Wells
- § Kate Wilhelm
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Just a story of the cataclysm,
of the clones that will continue a sterile species,
& 'Roderer Crystal' is just champagne :-)
- § Robert Anton Wilson
The Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of Illuminati
'Robert Anton Wilson writes wierd stuff. Best known as the
co-author of the "Illuminatus" trilogy, he's written several
other books on the same themes of paranoia, conspiracy and
search for alternate awareness. Don't worry if you find it
confusing, it's designed that way.
- § John Wyndham
- § Roger Zelazny
Lord of Light
- § Jean M. Auel
* Clan of the Cave Bear *
- § Marion Zimmer Bradley
* The Mists of Avalon *
- § Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions
- § Lyall Watson
Gifts of Unknown Things