Sean McMullen

Australian writer

Sean McMullen (born 21 December 1948 in Sale, Victoria) is an Australian science fiction and fantasy author.

Sean McMullen (2005)


All page numbers are from the mass market paperback edition, published by Tor, ISBN 0-812-56475-8
  • Laws are meant to work, not just be kept for their own sake.
    • Chapter 1, “Venenum Immortale” (p. 24)
  • Our ship has sunk and now we try to rebuild it out of driftwood.
    • Chapter 1, “Venenum Immortale” (p. 59)
  • There is no more dangerous enemy than one who despises learning.
    • Chapter 2, “Pax Romana” (p. 68)
  • As an amateur historian I think it’s the same, century after century: same shit, different flies.
    • Chapter 4, “The Centurion’s Champion” (p. 193)
  • People like tradition and certainty, especially when the world around them is changing so fast.
    • Chapter 5, “The Deciad” (p. 245)
  • Paparazzi were loitering in increasing numbers with their high-tech cameras and intrusion drones, a sure sign that a scandal was suspected.
    • Chapter 6, “Countess and Knight” (p. 317)
  • Am I alive? Death seems so hard to pin down in this century.
    • Chapter 6, “Countess and Knight” (p. 344)
  • Read any history of first contact between civilizations. Even if those in power on the weaker side are able to fight back, there are always those who turn traitor and support the invaders. They are the Luministes in the picture, they sell their own people into submission to gain power under the invader.
    • Chapter 6, “Countess and Knight” (p. 356)
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