Tag Archives: Science fiction

I wonder if anyone who sees a photograph of the moonwalker in the newspapers will imagine that inside this steel saucepan, which exists for the sole purpose of crawling seventy kilometres across the moon and then halting for eternity, there is a human being gazing out through two glass lenses? But what does it matter?

Victor Pelevin, Omon Ra [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Pelevin Omon Ra imagine human being gazing out what does it matter

We are not interested in Space. Space holds no appeal to us whatsoever. Humanity has spent hundreds of years trying to find faster ways to get through Space precisely because we hate it so much. Space has no food, no booze, no women, none of the things that make life tolerable. The only reason I put up with Space at all is because I need somewhere to put my stuff.

Robert Kroese, Starship Grifters [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Kroese Starship Grifters not interested space holds no appeal humanity hate food booze women life tolerable somewhere to put my stuff

Below lay the tomb world, the immutable cause-and-effect world of the demonic. At median extended the layer of the human, but at any instant a man could plunge—descend as if sinking—into the hell-layer beneath. Or: he could ascend to the ethereal world above, which constituted the third of the trinary layers. Always, in his middle level of the human, a man risked the sinking. And yet the possibility of ascent lay before him

Philip K Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Dick Three Stigmata Palmer Eldritch below tomb world immutable cause-and-effect demonic human hell ascend ethereal above possibility

Growing on another, perhaps harsher world, it has different form and features. But it is just as much a legitimate child of Nature as you are. You are displaying that childish human weakness of hating the different.

John W Campbell, Who Goes There? [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Campbell Who Goes There growing another harsher world different form features legitimate child of nature displaying childish human weakness hating different

“Why did you choose this voice?” “It felt right, and it was the closest match to what I am.” “And what is that?” “Not human. Not gendered. Not at the mercy of human obsession with genitalia.”

Blake Crouch, Summer Frost [Amazon]

Hermetic quote Crouch Summer Frost voice right closest match what i am not human gendered mercy obsession genitalia