“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe


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    The Year's Best Science Fiction: 26th Annual
    Ed. Gardner Dozois

    The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the...

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    The Year's Best Science Fiction: 25th Annual
    Ed. Gardner Dozois

    In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries...

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    The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction
    Edited by Gardner Dozois

    For years, The Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction...

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    The New Space Opera 2
    Edited by Gardner Dozois, et al.

    Some of the most beloved names in science fiction spin all-new tales of interstellar adventure...


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    Year's Best SF 15
    Edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

    Who knows what awaits us tomorrow? Much of the most innovative and exhilarating work performe...

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    Year's Best SF 14
    Edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

    Unique visions and astonishments—new stories by: Tobias S. Buckell and Karl Schroeder, Cory...

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    Stories of Your Life: and Others
    Ted Chiang

    Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change—the...

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    Pump Six and Other Stories
    Paolo Bacigalupi

    The eleven stories in Pump Six chart the evolution of Paolo Bacigalupi's work, including the...

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    Is Anybody Out There?
    Edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern

    Beyond our skies...and imaginations. Are we alone in the universe, and if not, who else-or...

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    The New Space Opera
    Edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan

    An anthology of epic interstellar adventures from dazzling stars in the SF universe: Kage...

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    The Collected Stories of Greg Bear
    Greg Bear

    Greg Bear is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the late twentieth century. He has...

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    Charles Stross

    Expanding on his award-winning short story cycle from the pages of Asimov's Science Fiction,...

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    A Place So Foreign and Eight More
    Cory Doctorow

    Considered one of the most promising science fiction writers, Cory Doctorow's name is already...