Ryk E. Spoor

American author

Ryk E. Spoor (born 21. July 1962) is an American science fiction and fantasy author.


Grand Central Arena (2010)Edit

All page numbers are from the mass market paperback first edition published by Baen, ISBN 978-1-4391-3355-2, 2nd printing
All italics as in the book
  • Living creatures are essentially biological carbon-based nanotech.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 17)
  • But you know there’s always that nagging set of voices out there worried that someone is doing something bad with that freedom—and of course the problem is, sometimes they’re right.
    • Chapter 6 (p. 35)
  • People don’t mind poking into other people’s business—they just don’t want other people poking into theirs.
    • Chapter 6 (p. 35)
  • If you’re a sensible man, you get in the habit of being very cautious of making extreme pronouncements when one’s in the sciences, especially when it’s not your core field.
    • Chapter 16 (p. 133)
  • I am a scientist. I do not believe in gods or demons.
    • Chapter 31 (p. 262)
  • Your problem, you pea-brained, overbearing, pompous crayfish, is that you think you have any idea of what you’re dealing with.
    • Chapter 34 (p. 280)
  • In safety and in security, in peril and plague, in victory and vengeance, may your course be ever your own.
    • Chapter 39 (p. 333)
  • Well, like many fanatic creeds, if you accept the basic postulates, you can make a twisted sense out of anything.
    • Chapter 42 (p. 381)
  • They have certain rather insular attitudes which makes it difficult to maintain any long-term cooperation. It is not pleasant to work with someone who thinks of your entire species as a waste of resources.
    • Chapter 42 (p. 383)
  • I will admit that I have not heard that he would directly violate his word or go back on a bargain, though he is certainly more than capable of obfuscation and creative interpretation where it suits him.
    • Chapter 42 (p. 383)
  • Maybe you should’ve been more careful, but hindsight’s perfect and we aren’t.
    • Chapter 46 (p. 412)
  • A committee’s a good way to end up with a lot of talk and no action.
    • Chapter 51 (p. 462)
  • His hand contracted on the odd carven rod, a tiny thing that glittered with hints of lights and circuits and, at the same time, bone and gems, a wand constructed by an engineer, or a transmitter assembled by a shaman.
    • Chapter 55 (p. 508)

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