Monday, October 19, 2015

They were specks in this universe, specks! But what ideas they had. People would do anything for the sake of an idea, anything.
- from Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Now, in this moment, they were two old brothers in arms, sitting on a sea cliff. After all the years of struggle they could sit out there all afternoon if they liked, flying a kite and talking. Discussing their old friends and the weather. There had been trouble before, there would be trouble again; but here they were.
- from Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Friday, October 16, 2015

P. was silenced, and betook himself to the bottled stout.
- from "The Spectre of Tappington" by Richard Harris Barham

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The heart is pleased by one thing after another.
- from Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Monday, October 05, 2015

It's pointless to achieve a red Mars by pouring blood over the planet. We have to find another way. We can't do it by killing people. Not even by killing animals or plants, or blowing up machines. It won't work. It's destructive. It doesn't appeal to people, do you understand? No one is won over. In fact they're put off. The more we do things like that, the more green they become. So we defeat our purpose. If we know that and do it anyway, then we're betraying the purpose. Do you understand? We aren't doing it for anything but our own feelings. Because we're angry. Or for thrills. We have to find another way.
- from Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Cold, light, and selfish in the last resort, he had that modicum of prudence, miscalled morality, which keeps a man from inconvenient drunkenness or punishable theft.
- from "The Body-Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson