Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Meandering in the stars . . .

Today is the birthday of Clifford Donald Simak (August 3, 1904 - April 25, 1988), science fiction writer. He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

"Time is still the great mystery to us. It is no more than a concept; we don't know if it even exists." - Clifford D. Simak

"He had dabbled in a thing which he had not understood. And had, furthermore, committed that greater sin of thinking that he did understand. And the fact of the matter was that he had just barely understood enough to make the concept work, but had not understood enough to be aware of its consequences." - Clifford D. Simak

"I think we have thought too small and have been too afraid..." - Clifford D. Simak

"I had the feeling that this was a place, once seen, that could not be seen again. If I left and then came back, it would not be the same... there never would exist again, through all eternity, all the integrated factors that made it what it was in this magic moment." - Clifford D. Simak

"Often you must imagine something before you can come to terms with it." - Clifford D. Simak

"Without consciousness and intelligence, the universe would lack meaning." - Clifford D. Simak

"If we were to know ourselves, we must know the universe..." - Clifford D. Simak

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