Below are some randomly chosen
quotes from Sturgeon.
Some are from stories, some from other things
he wrote (such as introductions to his books, or articles).
You are welcome to email me any that you feel should be added;
my email address is at the bottom of the page.
There is in certain living souls
A quality of loneliness unspeakable,
So great it must be shared
As company is shared by lesser beings.
Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this
That in immensity
There is one lonelier than you. ("A Saucer of Loneliness")
Living a life is a very educational experience, one very much
worth doing. (Introduction to book Alien
There is a vast number of honestly simple-minded people who can,
without hesitation, define:
law and order
and think, and act, and legislate, and sometimes burn, jail, and
kill on the basis of their definitions. These are the Labellers,
and they are one without exception the most lethal and destructive
force ever faced by any species on this or any other planet..."
(Postscript to Philip Jose Farmer's book "The Image of
the Beast", 1968)
Zena, thoughts are formless, coded... impulses without shape or
substance or direction -- until you convey them to someone else.
Then they precipitate, and become ideas that you can put out on the
table and examine. You don't know what you think until you tell
someone else about it. (the character Monetre, in "The Dreaming
You can learn more music theory in a year on guitar than you can in
three on a piano, and music is one of the most human of human
things... (the character Zena, in "The Dreaming Jewels")
You can have her. After a time, however, you may
find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. It may not
be logical, but it is often very true. (Spock, in the Star Trek episode "Amok Time"; "her" refers
to a woman whose hand in marriage Spock has just won, but
given away to a rival who she would rather be with.)
A science fiction story is a story built around human beings,
with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have
happened at all without its scientific content. (listed at
Definitions of Science Fiction)
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary
field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
You can go not only into the
future, but into that wonderful place called "other",
which is simply another universe, another planet, another species.
interview conducted by David Duncan)
Current address: Eric R. Weeks
Department of Physics
Atlanta, GA 30322-2430