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Quotes of the day: Hal Clement

Published Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 10:24 AM EDT
May 29 2015

Harry Clement Stubbs (May 30, 1922 – October 29, 2003) better known by the pen name Hal Clement, was an American science fiction writer and a leader of the hard science fiction subgenre. He also painted astronomically oriented artworks under the name George Richard. In 1998 Clement was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and named the 17th SFWA Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


As a trader, he naturally enjoyed being taken as a fool. It was usually profitable.

Human beings are prone to believe the things they wish were true.

I guess I've been wrong all my life, but so have billions of other people... Certainty is just an emotion.

Maybe we've been taking nova precautions for a red dwarf.

No one likes to be watched constantly by someone he can't see.

Some things are to hard to believe, however entertaining they might be to hear or read.

Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you've only founded a superstition. If you test it, you've started a science.

Walking is essentially coordinated falling forward.

What's the use of a high school education if you can't recall it when needed later on?

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