National Science Fiction Day is observed every year on Jan. 2 to celebrate the genre that has captured the imagination of millions across the world. Coincidentally, the day corresponds with the birthday of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Whether it's Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," which is believed to be the first sci-fi novel or one of the Star Trek series iterations, the genre has captured a wide audience that learns and draws inspiration from it. And, to mark the day, fans across the United States read and watch their favorite science fiction.

As a celebrated author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury said as per Brainy Quote: "Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again."

On this day, here are some thought-provoking sci-fi quotes to celebrate the occasion. Courtesy - Good Reads, Outer Places and Movie Quotes, And More:

  • "Isn't that what it means to be a scientist? To push the boundaries of the unknown? To bravely, actively explore the enormity of our universe?" -- Robyn Mundell, Brainwalker
  • "A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that'" -- Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
  • "There are some things beyond our understanding, Mark. We must accept them and learn from them. Because these moments of crisis are also potential moments of faith. A time, when we either come together or fall apart. Nature always has a way of balancing itself. The only question is, what part will we play?" -- Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019)
  • "Everything's science fiction until someone makes it science fact." -- Marie Lu, Warcross
  • "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent," Isaac Asimov, Foundation
  • "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave." -- Batty, Blade Runner (1982)
  • "I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn't know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because the reality is real." Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
  • "Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle." -- Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
  • "Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it, and I welcome every moment of it." -- Dr. Louise Banks, Arrival (2016)
  • "Fear of death is what keeps us alive." -- Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • "In my life, I have found two things of priceless worth - learning and loving. Nothing else - not fame, not power, not an achievement for its own sake - can possibly have the same lasting value. For when your life is over if you can say 'I have learned' and 'I have loved,' you will also be able to say 'I have been happy.'" -- Arthur C. Clarke, Rama II
  • "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul

Science Fiction Pictured: Illustration representing science fiction. Photo: Thomas Budach/Pixabay