Quotes by Sylvia Engdahl

"The human mind is incredible. It can do nothing without belief, yet practically anything with it."

"People who love each other can no more keep from communicating than from breathing."

"Must a man then live as his fellows live, and never reach beyond?"

"What is it, I wonder, that makes two people suddenly become important to each other? So important that everything else around them just fades away?"

"There are different kinds of truth. And if our kind is more mature than theirs, it's so only because we know that."


Sylvia Engdahl
  • Sylvia Engdahl

  • Date of birth: November 24, 1933
  • Born: in Los Angeles, California, The United States.

  • Description: Sylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels, six of which, including the Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars, are YA books also enjoyed by many adults. Although she is best known as an author for Young Adults, her most recent novels, the Hidden Flame duology (Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame) and the Rising Flame duology (Defender of the Flame and Herald of the Flame) are adult science fiction and are not appropriate for middle-school readers. For more information about them, watch the video trailer and visit her website.

    She has also written a nonfiction book, The Planet-Girded Suns: The long History of Belief in Exoplanets, of which updated and expanded paperback and ebook editions were published in 2012, and three collections of her essays. Most of the nonfiction books listed under her name were edited, rather than written, by her as a freelance editor of anthologies for high schools.

    Engdahl says, "I listed only a few of the books I've read here. Those that appear are just some of the best ones I read in the past about subjects dealt with in my novels."