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Robert Silverberg

Datum narození: 15. leden 1935

Robert Silverberg je jedním z mnoha autorů zlaté americké generace science fiction, narodil se 15. ledna 1935 v Brooklynu v New Yorku, USA.

„Je hříchem proti lásce snažit se přetvořit duši někoho, koho miluješ, i když jsi přesvědčený, že ho budeš milovat víc, až z něj uděláš někoho jiného.“

„Žijíce, trápíme se. Umírajíce, chceme žít.“

„Utopias are boring. Distopias on the other hand, are interesting.“

„Why should love require a contract? Why put yourself into the clutches of the state and give it power over you? Why invite lawyers to fuck around with your assets? Marriage is for the immature and the insecure and the ignorant. We who see through such institutions should be content to live together without legal coercion.“

„It was like that all the time, in those years: an endless trip, a gaudy voyage. But powers decay. Time leaches the colors from the best of visions. The world becomes grayer. Entropy beats us down. Everything fades. Everything goes. Everything dies.“ Dying Inside

„When you know that something is dying inside you, you learn not to put much trust in the random vitalities of the fleeting moment.“

„Living, we fret. Dying, we live. I’ll keep that in mind. I’ll be of good cheer.“

„That is to say, things have a way of getting worse and worse all the time, until in the end they get so bad that we lack even the means of knowing how bad they really are.“

„My temperament is not inclined toward more self-promotion than is absolutely necessary for my professional well-being.“

„Meanwhile here I am- Earthborn woman, a mere barbaric maula, geting deeper into Imperial Space with each passing light second. I should be trembling with fear, I suppouse.
No. Let the Emperor tremble. Laylah is here!“

„He felt disgruntled and obscurely let down at having paid good money to discover that the vision that had so irradiated his consciousness was a second-hand one. On the other hand, he told himself, probably it was better to hear that a phantom memory had come floating up out of some lecture of his student days than to be informed that he was going out of his mind.“

„Having lost our present and our future, we had of necessity to bend all our endeavors to the past, which no one could take from us if only we were vigilant enough.“ Nightwings

„There are true unseen forces, but not nearly so many as we believe, nor would they rule us so sternly if we did not admit them to our souls. We would not be assailed half so often by devils, had we not taken the trouble to invent so many of them.“ Lord of Darkness

„History could be as arbitrary as poetry, he told himself: what is history, other than a matter of choice, the picking and choosing of certain facts out of a multitude to elicit a meaningful pattern, which was not necessarily the true one? The act of selecting facts, by definition, inherently involved discarding facts as well, often the ones most inconvenient to the pattern that the historian was trying to reveal. Truth thus became an abstract concept: three different historians, working with the same set of data, might easily come up with three different "truths." Whereas myth digs deep into the fundamental reality of the spirit, into that infinite well that is the shared consciousness of the entire race, reaching the levels where truth is not an optional matter, but the inescapable foundation of all else. In that sense myth could be truer than history.“

„I'm an urban New Yorker to the last molecule.“ Dying Inside

„Basil Donovan was drunk again.“ The Seventh Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Stories

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