Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi

Never beg for mercy. Accept that you have failed. Begging is for dogs and humans.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Laws are confusing documents. They get in the way of justice.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For me as a kid, reading cyberpunk was like seeing the world for the first time. Gibson's Neuromancer wasn't just stylistically stunning; it felt like the template for a future that we were actively building. I remember reading Sterling's Islands in the Net and suddenly understanding the disruptive potential of technology once it got out into the street. Cyberpunk felt urgent. It wasn't the future 15 minutes out-it was the future sideswiping you and leaving you in a full-body cast as it passed by.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nothing so mystical. Human beings hunger for killing, that is all. It only takes a few politicians to stoke division, or a few demagogues encouraging hatred to set your kind upon one another. And then before you know it, you have a whole nation biting on its own tail, going round and round until there is nothing left but the snapping of teeth.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I cared for human approval, I would have been dead long ago.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Men are loyal when you lead from the front.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life is exponential. Two becomes four, becomes ten thousand, becomes a plague.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sex and hypocrisy. They go together like coffee and cream.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An untrampled scorpion troubles no one.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Knowledge is simply a terrible ocean we must cross, and hope that wisdom lies on the other side.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We write dust epitaphs for our vanquished enemies and watch them blow away in the desert wind.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A desert's a stupid place to put a river.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
At first, when California started winning its water lawsuits and shutting off cities, the displaced people just followed the water-right to California. It took a little while before the bureaucrats realized what was going on, but finally someone with a sharp pencil did the math and realized that taking in people along with their water didn't solve a water shortage.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All life produces waste. The act of living produces costs, hazards and disposal questions, and so the (Environment) Ministry has found itself in the center of all life, mitigating, guiding and policing the detritus of the average person along with investigating the infractions of the greedy and short-sighted, the ones who wish to make quick profits and trade on others' lives for it.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Laws are a fine thing on paper, but painful when no bribery can ease their bind.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nature has become something new. It is ours now, truly. And if our creation devours us, how poetic will that be?More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
They say in the military that a good battle plan can last as long as five minutes in real fighting. After that, it comes down to if the general is favored by fate and the spirits.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Debts are a heavy burden. Throw them off, and you walk free.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Suicide is not something I owe you or yours.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's still a load. If there was balance, the soldier boys would all be dead, and we'd be sitting pretty in the middle of the Drowned Cities, shipping marble and steel and copper and getting paid Red Chinese for every kilo. We'd be rich and they'd be dead, if there was such a thing as the Scavenge God, or his scales. And that goes double for the Deepwater priests. They're all full of it. Nothing balances out.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Short fiction seems more targeted - hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it's a lot smokier and less defined.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are nature. Our every tinkering is nature, our every biological striving. We are what we are, and the world is ours. We are its gods. Your only difficulty is your unwillingness to unleash your potential fully upon it.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Killing isn't free. It takes something out of you every time you do it. You get their life; they get a piece of your soul. It's always a trade.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She smiles at him, too young to know him for a stranger, and too innocent yet to care.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.More Paolo Bacigalupi [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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