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Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it.”

Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it.

— Joan D. Vinge



Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Archaeology is the anthropology of the past, and science fiction is the anthropology of the future.”

Archaeology is the anthropology of the past, and science fiction is the anthropology of the future.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever.”

For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the need to seek equilibrium, in our own lives, with the natural world, even within the universe at large.”

And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the need to seek equilibrium, in our own lives, with the natural world, even within the universe at large.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.”

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Myth is, after all, the neverending story.”

Myth is, after all, the neverending story.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Theres no such thing as a free lunch, at least on the karmic level.”

Theres no such thing as a free lunch, at least on the karmic level.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Perhaps the thing that makes humans truly unique on Earth is that we are never satisfied with our situation; maybe that is what’s taken us so far.”

Perhaps the thing that makes humans truly unique on Earth is that we are never satisfied with our situation; maybe that is what’s taken us so far.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.”

The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.”

Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “To be alive was to be disappointed. You tried and failed and kept on trying, never knowing whether you’d ever get what you wanted. But sometimes we get what we need.”

To be alive was to be disappointed. You tried and failed and kept on trying, never knowing whether you’d ever get what you wanted. But sometimes we get what we need.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “The ecosystem of our world is a closed system: it would run out of gas, collapse of its own weight.”

The ecosystem of our world is a closed system: it would run out of gas, collapse of its own weight.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Life scars us with its random motion, he thought. Only death is perfect.”

Life scars us with its random motion, he thought. Only death is perfect.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Don’t worry. You’re safe now. You’ve got nothing left to steal.”

Don’t worry. You’re safe now. You’ve got nothing left to steal.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Studying anthropology, I developed a kind of holistic view of human existence, in which the dichotomies you listed are all necessary and vital aspects of life.”

Studying anthropology, I developed a kind of holistic view of human existence, in which the dichotomies you listed are all necessary and vital aspects of life.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “The futures and ultimate fates of the characters in The Snow Queen are profoundly changed by choices made in their own minds or hearts, as well as choices unexpectedly forced on them by things beyond their control.”

The futures and ultimate fates of the characters in The Snow Queen are profoundly changed by choices made in their own minds or hearts, as well as choices unexpectedly forced on them by things beyond their control.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Everything born has to die, in order to make room for the future.”

Everything born has to die, in order to make room for the future.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “A clear conscience is generally the result of a faulty memory, not a faulty life.”

A clear conscience is generally the result of a faulty memory, not a faulty life.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Probably I chose immortality because mortality is a universal human obsession.”

Probably I chose immortality because mortality is a universal human obsession.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Fear of the unknown is a terrible fear.”

Fear of the unknown is a terrible fear.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.”

Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “The mers were also designed to reproduce only at long intervals, in order to maintain the natural balance of the environment in which they were placed.”

The mers were also designed to reproduce only at long intervals, in order to maintain the natural balance of the environment in which they were placed.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.”

Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “What I do not want to write is didactic political tracts.”

What I do not want to write is didactic political tracts.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives.”

But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Besides, wouldn’t it be wonderful if no one ever had to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?”

Besides, wouldn’t it be wonderful if no one ever had to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Moon is also a naive native girl when she sets out for Carbuncle.”

Moon is also a naive native girl when she sets out for Carbuncle.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.”

These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Here was a fragment of Goddess myth that, through all its permutations, had somehow escaped being turned on its head. It was the perfect springboard for the sort of novel I wanted to write.”

Here was a fragment of Goddess myth that, through all its permutations, had somehow escaped being turned on its head. It was the perfect springboard for the sort of novel I wanted to write.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Humans may be the only creatures on Earth who spend significant time thinking about the fact that someday their lives will end.”

Humans may be the only creatures on Earth who spend significant time thinking about the fact that someday their lives will end.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones.”

As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “What does immortality mean to me? That we all want more time; and we want it to be quality time.”

What does immortality mean to me? That we all want more time; and we want it to be quality time.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “I was thinking about what I wanted to write next, after my first novel, and had decided that I wanted to write a story with a lot of strong female characters in it.”

I was thinking about what I wanted to write next, after my first novel, and had decided that I wanted to write a story with a lot of strong female characters in it.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.”

Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Most people simply aren’t unhappy enough with the known to trade it for the unknown.”

Most people simply aren’t unhappy enough with the known to trade it for the unknown.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Yes, she made me love her. But she didn’t mean to. She took by giving... and that makes all the difference.”

Yes, she made me love her. But she didn’t mean to. She took by giving... and that makes all the difference.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “How time slips past, masked in the rhythm of the days!”

How time slips past, masked in the rhythm of the days!

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “Maybe everything we do is meaningless. But we have to try, don’t we? We have to go on looking for justice... and settling for revenge.”

Maybe everything we do is meaningless. But we have to try, don’t we? We have to go on looking for justice... and settling for revenge.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “All medical men are voyeurs. Why else would they become doctors? Except for the sadists, of course, who simply enjoy the blood and the pain.”

All medical men are voyeurs. Why else would they become doctors? Except for the sadists, of course, who simply enjoy the blood and the pain.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “I stood where they’d left me. I watched them get smaller and smaller as they went down the hallway, leaving me there without a word, not even looking back. Only I was getting smaller and smaller, being swallowed up in the suffocating emptiness of the silent house; so that by the time they came back again, I would have disappeared.”

I stood where they’d left me. I watched them get smaller and smaller as they went down the hallway, leaving me there without a word, not even looking back. Only I was getting smaller and smaller, being swallowed up in the suffocating emptiness of the silent house; so that by the time they came back again, I would have disappeared.

— Joan D. Vinge


Joan D. Vinge Quote: “You’ve made her so beautiful; when she’s come to take your life away.”

You’ve made her so beautiful; when she’s come to take your life away.

— Joan D. Vinge

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