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"Fact and fiction are different truths." - Patricia Maclachlan

"Collins masterfully blends fact and fiction...transcends the historical thriller." - Jeffery Deaver

"A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth." - Edward Albee

"A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth." - Edward Albee

"Fact is only what you believe and fact and fiction work as a team." - Jack Johnson

"Fact is stranger than fiction." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"I prefer fact to fiction." - Richard Attenborough

"In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink." - Catherine Drinker Bowen

"Travel books are, by and large, boring. They lodge uncomfortably between fact, fiction and autobiography." - Arthur Smith

"Max Allan Collins blends fact and fiction like no other writer." - Andrew Vachss

"Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction." - Anonymous

"Every fiction has its base in fact." - Gayle Forman

"Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction" - Carol Alt

"Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact." - Isaac Asimov

"Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction." - Carol Alt

"Fact and fiction carry the same intrinsic weight in the marketplace of ideas. Fortunately, reality has no advertising budget." - Daniel Suarez

"Part fact part fiction is what life is. And it is always a cover story. I wrote my way out." - Jeanette Winterson

"I adore [photography's] uneasy mix of fact and fiction - its dubious claim to truth - its status as history." - Eleanor Antin

"As success converts treason into legitimacy, so belief converts fiction into fact, and "nothing is but what is not." - Samuel Laman Blanchard

"I love the fact that it's not only about Star Trek, but about science fiction in general, and science." - Rene Auberjonois

"There's not a strong autobiographical strain in my fiction. A few bits of fact here and there." - Donald Barthelme

"The blurring of fact and fiction has great commercial potential, which is bound to be corrupting in historical terms." - Antony Beevor

"The fact, and the intuition or logic about the fact, are severe coordinates in fiction. In the short story they must cross with hair-line precision." - Louise Bogan

"Fiction isn't memoir and memoir isn't fiction." - Arthur Phillips

"Graphic design is the fiction that anticipates the fact." - Michael Bierut

"Fact-checking is so boring compared to writing fiction." - Francine Prose

"There's an imperative to make sure you distinguish fiction from the fact, because if the fact is doing the work, why did you do fiction? And once you raise the question of why - why do fiction? - then you have to answer it in your text as a kind of enactment of the answer." - Fred D'Aguiar

"I took a great joy with inventing new kinds of mechanisms. I invented new kinds of machines. I've been a student of science fiction for a long, long time, and I'm very well-versed in science fact and science fiction." - Jack Kirby

"The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact." - Leslie Stephen

"I'm writing books. They're still a mix of fact and fiction and will continue to be. I think it's an interesting place to work." - James Frey

"A blend of fact and fiction has been used in various forms since the dawn of creative writing, starting with sagas and epic poems." - Antony Beevor

"There's no mistaking the fact that some of the best longform fiction out there now is in American television. 'The Wire' and 'Deadwood' and 'The Sopranos.'" - Kevin Barry

"In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink." - Catherine Drinker Bowen

"To newspapers and publishing houses I urge the use of fact over fiction, freedom of the press, and responsibility at all times." - Joely Richardson

"There are writers who draw immediate attention to the fact that it's fiction. And I like some of that, but it doesn't really have the power..." - Ethan Canin

"Some people, when they're called before the police, like nothing better than to spill everything, fact and fiction alike, hoping to create a good impression." - Kobo Abe

"The fact is that one of the earliest lessons I learned in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction, cash flow is reality." - Chris Chocola

"I like to blur the line between fact and fiction, but not to condescend to the reader by enmeshing her/him into some sort of a postmodern coop." - Aleksandar Hemon

"As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary." - Charles De Lint

"The romantic appeal of solar sailing has ensured that its advocates consistently come from the worlds of both science fiction and science fact." - Thomas Mallon

"Feelings, too, are facts. Emotion is a fact. Human experience is a fact. It is often possible to gain more real insight into human beings and their motivation by reading great fiction than by personal acquaintance." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"I'm a huge historical fiction and non-fiction fan," - Gale Anne Hurd

"I'm a huge historical fiction and non-fiction fan." - Gale Anne Hurd

"Its a heartening fact about the human race that utopian fiction precedes dystopian fiction in the evolution of literature." - Paul Di Filippo

"Fact is often stranger than fiction because most writers of fiction try to make their stories plausible." - Richard Posner

"Fiction often does play a role in discussing real life issues. In fact, fiction often centers around what scares us." - Marcia Clark

"It's a heartening fact about the human race that utopian fiction precedes dystopian fiction in the evolution of literature." - Paul Di Filippo

"Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from more fiction to science-fiction." - Saul Steinberg

"When people ask me to define science fiction and fantasy I say they are the literatures that explore the fact that we are toolmakers and users, and are always changing our environment." - Nalo Hopkinson

"I've always played that edge of fact and fiction. I used to be a filmmaker, and certainly in film that's a line that filmmakers cross more readily and more easily than novelists." - Ruth Ozeki

"Our first ideas of life are generally taken from fiction rather than fact." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"People want movies to be one thing or another; they want it be fact or fiction." - Laurel Nakadate

"Well, ABC, NBC, CBS: Bullshit. They give us fact or fiction? I guess an even split." - Conor Oberst

"The fact is fiction is always a representation of life, sometimes the lives of famous people." - Varley Oconnor

"Property exists by grace of the law. It is not a fact, but a legal fiction." - Max Stirner

"I first started writing historical fiction in the late '70s and kept pictures of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers on my refrigerator until my first book was published by Avon in 1982. The biggest advantage of this genre for me is that it allows me to blend fact and fiction." - Virginia Henley

"I've always liked the fact that fiction takes all these pretty unquantifiable human feelings and experiences and projects them onto the page in ways that make interior human sense, even when they aren't entirely believable." - Scott Bradfield

"We are tired of the pretense that we have special privileges and the reality that we have none; of the fiction that we are queens, and the fact that we are subjects." - Lillie Devereux Blake

"The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists." - Hannah Arendt

"In Quiet Dell, Phillips mesmerizingly spins together fact and fiction, vividly imagining the circumstances leading to their deaths, and sets a young female reporter on the case to solve it." - Elissa Schappell

"I love research, and in fact it's liberating because you have to create your own world. No one can say "I've just got back from the 1860s, and you got it wrong." Anyway, it's fiction." - Stef Penney

"What if most of the technologies readers and cinemagoers are presented with in bestselling books and blockbuster movies are not science fiction, but science fact? What if they currently exist on the planet, but are suppressed from the masses?" - James Morcan

"There's so much written about the Titanic, and it's hard to separate what's fact and what's fiction. My understanding is that the way the Titanic was designed, the emphasis was placed on surviving a head-on collision." - Henry Petroski

"With fiction, you can talk about plot, character and narrative, whereas a poem brings home the fact that everything that happens in a work of literature happens in terms of language. And this is daunting stuff to deal with." - Terry Eagleton

"Science fiction properly conceived, like all serious fiction, however funny, is a way of trying to describe what is in fact going on, what people actually do and feel, how people relate to everything else in this vast sack, this belly of the universe, this womb of things to be and tomb of things that were, this unending story." - Ursula K Le Guin

"But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric - and pure invention is but the talent of a liar." - Lord Byron

"Romantic poetry and fiction of the last 2000 years has blinded us to the fact that emotions are a low form of jungle consciousness. Emotional actions are the most contracted, dangerous form of fanatic stupor." - Timothy Leary

"Michael Winter's fiction is a lot like hearing him talk about his life... harrowing in an after-the-fact hilarious way. Full of wonder and mystery. A hangover you wouldn't miss for the world." - Michael Crummey

"Any fiction should be a story. In any story there are three elements: persons, a situation, and the fact that in the end something has changed. If nothing has changed, it isn't a story." - Malcolm Cowley

"Michael Winter's fiction is a lot like hearing him talk about his life... harrowing in an after-the-fact hilarious way. Full of wonder and mystery. A hangover you would' miss for the world." - Michael Crummey

"I struggle with the fact that men's popular fiction is talked about differently. Books like mine don't get as many reviews and probably won't win any prizes, but they entertain the pants off of hundreds of thousands of women." - Jennifer Weiner

"It is simply much easier to infuse life, feeling, and higher truth into a novel than a non-fiction work, to find the license to write truth without being wedded to fact." - Jon Weisman

"My current novel, Pallas, is all about that culture war - in fact it's been called the Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Sagebrush Rebellion - and yet what I hear all too often from libertarians is that they don't read fiction." - L Neil Smith

"My current novel, Pallas , is all about that culture war - in fact it's been called the Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Sagebrush Rebellion - and yet what I hear all too often from libertarians is that they don't read fiction." - L Neil Smith

"The mere suggestion of fame and fortune casts a glamour all its own. It is rather alarming how quickly people will turn someone else's fiction into fact in order to support their own fictions of themselves." - Libba Bray

"People in Michigan are good at separating fact from fiction. They know, better than most of the country, what happens to the economy and jobs when the scales are tipped too far in favor of one group over another." - Fred Upton

"I have to do more close research and fact checking for the science fiction. This is not however to say that writing good fantasy does not involve doing good research." - Sarah Zettel

"In fiction, you have a rough idea what's coming up next - sometimes you even make a little outline - but in fact you don't know. Each day is a whole new - and for me, a very invigorating - experience." - Peter Matthiessen

"I've always been a fan of books that create an interesting blend of fact and fiction - whether it's Norman Mailer, or 'The Short Timers,' or 'In Cold Blood.' I'm a fan of that genre." - Mark Boal

"Giving the same value to fiction as to fact in the interest of so-called fairness is to mislead the American people and the press has become party to that." - Joe Wilson

"And truth severe, by fairy fiction drest." - Thomas Gray

"Nonfiction is easy and fiction is hard." - Ann Patchett

"I'm a science fiction and fantasy geek." - China Mieville

"I like going back and writing fiction." - Julia Sweeney

"We sometimes drive ourselves crazy with how our books will be "seen," when in fact we already know what they're about, and where our obsessions are. If we can spin those obsessions into fiction, then there's a decent chance they will be "fiction-worthy," as you call it. The idea of the "sweep of ideas" is a complicated one." - Meg Wolitzer

"That was par for the course but I also found that commissions were being canceled and in fact I considered this directly libelous - I write biographies for a living as well as being a journalist - for a non fiction book to be called fiction from beginning to end." - Anthony Holden

"The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction." - Oscar Wilde

"Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth. In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile." - Jerry B Jenkins

"And I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, especially apocalyptic and postapocalyptic fiction." - Justin Cronin

"We're growing up with a very illiterate bunch of children who have somehow been taught that film is fact when, in fact, it's invention. Hopefully, an historical film will inspire people to go and read about the history but in the end it is a work of fiction and selection. As for the armour itself, no it wasn't particularly comfortable." - Cate Blanchett

"In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That's the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"The general consensus among historians, among the ones who can handle the fact that 'Lincoln' is, in fact, historical fiction, is that we demonstrate enormous fidelity to history and that, beyond that, we've actually contributed a line of thinking about Lincoln's presidency that's somewhat original." - Tony Kushner

"The difference between fiction and nonfiction is that fiction must be absolutely believable." - Mark Twain

"Literature and fiction are two entirely different things. Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet." - Vinton Cerf

"Reality and Fiction are different in that fiction has to make sense." - Ray Bradbury

"Science always interested me, and science, real science, was more science fiction than science fiction." - Lynn Hershman Leeson

"You write fiction, you're writing memoir, and when you're writing memoir, you're writing fiction." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"I like to read fiction best and I like to write fiction, too." - Judy Blume

"The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible." - Mark Twain

"All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction." - P D James

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

"Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children." - Helen Dunmore

"In really, really good science fiction, the line between the science and the fiction is blurry." - Damon Lindelof

"Don't make a big distinction between fiction and non-fiction. These are arbitrary distinctions..." - Farley Mowat

"I don't really see science fiction as fiction. I can imagine colonies on Mars and everything." - Sigourney Weaver

"There's an overlap between social-realist fiction and crime fiction - a sweet spot there." - Daniel Woodrell

"Once you step inside, history has to be rewritten to include you. A fiction develops a story that weaves you into the social fabric, giving you roots and a local identity. You are assimilated, and in erasing your differences and making you one of their own, the community can maintain belief in its wholeness and purity. After two or three generations, nobody remembers the story is fiction. It has become fact. And this is how history is made." - Camilla Gibb

"Let it be fact, one feels, or let it be fiction; the imagination will not serve under two masters simultaneously." - Virginia Woolf

"In fact, one could argue that the skill of the fiction writer boils down to the ability to exploit intensity." - James Scott Bell

"The only things that one can use in fiction are the things that one has ceased to use in fact." - Oscar Wilde

"One moment of a man's life is a fact so stupendous as to take the luster out of all fiction." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The adage that fact is stranger than fiction seems to be especially true for the workings of the brain." - Vilayanur S Ramachandran

"Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact assume by degrees the wings of fiction?" - Alfred De Vigny

"The fact that it's science fiction gives you the license to do anything you want to do." - Lindsay Wagner

"It gets scary when you're dealing with people who don't know how to separate fact from fiction." - Tracy Morgan

"I never, as a reader, have been particularly interested in dystopian literature or science fiction or, in fact, fantasy." - Lois Lowry

"To those who think that all this sounds like science fiction, we point out that yesterday's science fiction is today's fact. The Industrial Revolution has radically altered man's environment and way of life, and it is only to be expected that as technology is increasingly applied to the human body and mind, man himself will be altered as radically as his environment and way of life have been." - Theodore Kaczynski

"Reality and fiction are really mixed up. The frontier between reality and fiction is tremendously porous and slippery. And in fact, when I remember something that has happened to me a long time ago, let's say twenty years ago, many times I'm not sure if I have actually lived what I am recalling, or I have dreamed about it, or I have written about it, or I have imagined it all." - Rosa Montero

"In journalism, a fact is just a fact. But in fiction, you have to build your case. It has to be made, step by step." - Edward P Jones

"Fiction is more dangerous than nonfiction because it can seduce better. I think we all know this, know that deeper truths can be approached in fiction than in fact. There are risks for the reader, because after reading certain books you find you have changed irreversibly. There are risks for writers: in China, now, and Ethiopia and other countries right now, writers face real persecution." - Chris Abani

"There is really no fiction or non-fiction; there is only narrative. One mode of perception has no greater claim on the truth than the other; that the distance has perhaps to do with distance - narrative distance - from the characters; it has to do with the kind of voice that is talking, but it certainly hasn't to do with the common distribution between fact and imagination." - E L Doctorow

"Of course, it's always difficult to disentangle fact from fiction in relation to, e.g., the singularity project. Many scientists I know are dismissive of transhumanist claims, BUT the last 100 years has surely taught us never to underestimate the pace and scope of scientific progress. However, even if much of this turns out to be science-fiction, it also reveals a way of thinking about human life that I find deeply troubling." - George Pattison

"There's the fact that American fiction is basically the most apolitical fiction on the globe. A South American writer wouldn't dare think of writing a novel if it didn't allude to the system into which these people are orchestrated - or an Eastern European writer, or a Russian writer, or a Chinese writer. Only American writers are able to imagine that the government and the corporations - all of it - seem to have no effect whatsoever." - Michael Cunningham

"This fact was something I also learned from this first novel that I needed personal experience to invent, to fantasize, to create fiction, but at the same time I needed some distance, some perspective on this experience in order to feel free enough to manipulate it and to transform it into fiction. If the experience is very close, I feel inhibited. I have never been able to write fiction about something that has happened to me recently. If the closeness of the real reality, of living reality, is to have a persuasive effect on my imagination, I need a distance, a distance in time and in space." - Mario Vargas Llosa

"Yes - 90% of fantasy is crap. And so is 90% of science fiction and 90% of mystery fiction and 90% of literary fiction." - George R R Martin

"I love contemporary North American fiction and short fiction. My favorite writer is Jonathan Franzen, and my favorite writers of short fiction are George Saunders and Alice Munro." - Emily Perkins

"Fiction-and poetry and drama- cleanse the doors of perception." - Ursula K Le Guin

"We must remember that there is a great difference between a myth and a miracle. A myth is the idealization of a fact. A miracle is the counterfeit of a fact. There is the same difference between a myth and a miracle that there is between fiction and falsehood - between poetry and perjury. Miracles belong to the far past and the far future. The little line of sand, called the present, between the seas, belongs to common sense to the natural." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"I obviously read and adore traditional fiction. I teach traditional fiction; I also teach all kinds of not-so-traditional fiction." - Heidi Julavits

"I read pretty eclectically - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry - and I've been inspired and influenced by a number of writers." - Barry Eisler

"I suspect the popularity of young adults and dystopian novels has something to do with a desire for allegory and old-fashioned morality tales. In fact, you might find your religious framework here in dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction. Here, and in videogames, you find strict codes of authority, the "rules of the game," the life-or-death quest and struggle that people crave." - Allegra Goodman

"Kids are growing up and they don't know the difference between fact and fiction. The line is getting blurry. I can handle it, you know; I'm a big boy. And the entertainment industry has always been crazy. But the problem is, it spills over into some very serious issues, in politics and real newsworthy stuff." - Rob Lowe

"The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact from fiction, after a full and impartial examination of all the evidence involved, and decide if evidence supported the filing of any criminal charges against Darren Wilson. They accepted and completed this monumental responsibility in a conscientious and expeditious manner." - Robert P Mcculloch

"In time truth and science and nature will adapt themselves to art. Things will happen logically, and the villain be discomfited instead of being elected to the board of directors. But in the meantime fiction must not only be divorced from fact, but must pay alimony and be awarded custody of the press despatches." - O Henry

"Dedicated to helping you create strong, vibrant, and beautiful fiction" - David Farland

"Reduce the fiction and you'll reduce the friction." - Scott Sorrell

"Im a massive science fiction and fantasy geek." - Robert Kazinsky

"The truth is stranger than fiction . . . and often more incriminating." - Greg Cox

"Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction." - William Hazlitt

"Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction." - William S Burroughs

"The aim of fiction is absolute and honest truth." - Anton Chekhov

"Other than fiction and poetry I tend to read history." - Stephen Dobyns

"Myth is very powerful and fiction is very powerful." - Jeff Feuerzeig

"I do love science-fiction and horror movies." - Nicolas Ghesquiere

"I'm a massive science fiction and fantasy geek." - Robert Kazinsky

"The best fiction stays with you and changes you." - Tea Obreht

"Everything is autobiographical, and nothing is autobiographical. That's fiction." - Lisa Unger

"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories." - Arthur C Clarke

"Before Truman, journalism and non-fiction weren't taken very seriously." - Gerald Clarke



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