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John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson, was an American science fiction writer.
The Humanoid Universe (1980)
- Human belief is seldom related to truth.
- In Analog, June 1980, p. 33
- Human knowledge is never entirely consistent or complete, because the human brain is only a crude and transient mass of watery cells, error-prone and glacier-slow.
- p. 51
The Stonehenge Gate (2005)
- All page numbers are from the hardcover first edition published by Tor ISBN 0-765-30897-5
- “Don’t you get it? The grand enigma of our universe. The joy of science, the power of math, the elation of discovery.” He looked out again, speaking half to himself, yet eager to share what he felt. “That’s the mystery of the natural creation. Galaxies and planets, life and mind grown from the fire and dust of the big bang. That’s the enchantment of science. New vistas of wonder exploding out of every advance.”
- Chapter 3 (p. 32)
- The mystery of it gets me. The builders of the trilithons and the road were high-tech wizards, but their skills didn’t save them. I’ve been wondering how they died. Maybe they got too good at the science of war.
- Chapter 6 (p. 60)
- “Magic.” He shot photos and shook his head. “Pure magic, till we learn enough to understand it.”
- Chapter 7 (p. 67)