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Alastair Reynolds

Anxiety is a useful tool: it forces us to make plans. But when too much anxiety freezes us into indecision, it needs checking.Chapter 33 p. 506
Alastair Reynolds anxiety
Im still bothered by the threat of nuclear war.
Alastair Reynolds war
Im not a morning person: I cant function until Ive had a coffee - or several.
Alastair Reynolds coffee
It seemed that she had not so much misjudged the woman as assigned her to completely the wrong species.Chapter 14 p. 316.
Alastair Reynolds man
Enjoy it, kid. Enjoy feeling that you can make a difference. Floyd flashed him a smile. It wont last for ever.
Alastair Reynolds joy
Ive never had much interest in spinoffery - the idea of writing in someone elses universe generally leaves me cold - but Doctor Who is different. Ive grown up with it. Its been part of my life since I was tiny, watching Jon Pertwee on a grainy black and white television in Cornwall and being terrified out of my mind.
Alastair Reynolds life
A citys only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.
Alastair Reynolds anarchy
“I don’t trust you.” “Of course you don’t. I know I wouldn’t. And I’m not asking you to. I’m not putting you in a situation in which your trust of me is even remotely relevant. I’m just pointing a gun to your head and giving you orders.”Chapter 26 p. 424.
Alastair Reynolds trust
Just because something had spawned a myth did not automatically mean it had to contain anything of substance.Chapter 33 p. 531.
Alastair Reynolds myth
Charm was what he excelled at. If anyone sensed his underlying shallowness, they usually mistook it for well-hidden great depth of character, like misinterpreting a radar bounce.Chapter 4 p. 42
Alastair Reynolds character
Why was it never good news that put problems into perspective? Why did it always take another set of problems?Chapter 14 p. 219
Alastair Reynolds good
The mere fact that there could be danger in this is fascination in itself; almost an incentive to push further. That’s how you feel, isn’t it? Every argument they could use against you would only strengthen your resolve. Because knowledge makes you hungry, and it’s a hunger you can’t resist, even if you know that what you’re feasting on could kill you.Chapter 26 p. 452.
Alastair Reynolds knowledge
“Is there anyone or anything in this city which can’t be bought?” I said, slipping him a note. “Yeah,” the man said, laughing quietly. “But I’m not it.”Chapter 39 p. 634.
Alastair Reynolds man
The simple fact was that she no longer hated them as a matter of principle. It was also a source of shameful amazement that she could ever have wasted so much energy on groundless prejudice, when acceptance and tolerance would have been the easier, even the lazier, course.Chapter 36 p. 567
Alastair Reynolds men
Without risk in our lives, were scarcely better than machines ourselves.
Alastair Reynolds live
“Tanner, are you insane?” “Very probably several kinds of insane,” I said. “But I’m afraid it doesn’t change anything. I’m perfectly happy with my current delusional system.”Chapter 27 p. 454.
Alastair Reynolds change
To see something marvelous with your own eyes-thats wonderful enough. But when two of you see it, two of you together, holding hands, holding each other close, knowing that youll both have that memory for the rest of your lives, but that each of you will only ever hold only have an incomplete half of it, and that it wont ever really exist as a whole until youre together, talking or thinking about that moment ...thats worth more than one plus one. Its worth four, or eight, or some number so large we cant even imagine it.
Alastair Reynolds men
How did you . . . pass the time?’ Sunday asked. ‘You couldn’t just ching out of it, could you?’ ‘We had a different form of chinging,’ Eunice said. ‘An earlier type of virtual-reality technology, much more robust and completely unaffected by time lag. You may have heard of it. We called it “reading”.
Alastair Reynolds time
As the old saying went, the Manhattan Project wasnt built in a day. Or was that Rome? Something to do with Earth, anyway.
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Autocratic governments are masters of self-contradiction. They say one thing, do another.
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