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"You are deluded, Captain. You pretend to be a simple soldier, but in reality you are just afraid to admit that we have left humanity behind. Unlike you, I embrace it proudly. Without fear!"
— Johann Schmidt, Captain America: The First Avenger
"You know what they say the modern version of Pascal's Wager is? Sucking up to as many Transhumanists as possible, just in case one of them turns into God."
— Greg Egan, Crystal Nights
"I'm not human, but my ancestors were, and what they dreamed, we are."
— Gwendolyn Ingolfsson, Drakon
"Since this body cannot do the job, we will have to build you a new one."
— The Emperor, The Elder Empire
"If someone came from the past, to meet us here and now, what do you think they'd say about us? Would they even call us human?"
Lisa looked at me seriously. "No. They'd call us gods."
— ''The People Of Sand And Slag," by Paolo Bacigalupi
"The Crowned Pawn was like a ship turned inside out. It centered around a core of massive magnetic engines, fed by drones from a chunk of reaction mass. Outside these engines was a skeletal metal framework where Lobsters clung like cysts or skimmed along on induced magnetic fields. There were cupolas here and there on the skeleton where the Lobsters hooked into fluidic computers or sheltered themselves from solar storms and ring-system electrofluxes.
They never ate. They never drank. Sex involved a clever cyber-stimulation through cranial plugs. Every five years or so they "molted" and had their skins scraped clean of the stinking accumulation of mutated bacteria that scummed them over in the stagnant warmth.
They knew no fear. Agoraphobia was a condition easily crushed with drugs. They were self-contained and anarchical. Their greatest pleasure was to sit along a girder and open their amplified senses to the depths of space, watching stars past the limits of ultraviolet and infrared, or staring into the flocculate crawling plaque of the surface of the sun, or just sitting and soaking in watts of solar energy through their skins while they listened with wired ears to the warbling of Van Allen belts and the musical tick of pulsars. I saw within them the first stirrings of the Fifth Prigoginic Leap — that postulated Fifth Level of Complexity as far beyond intelligence as intelligence is from amoebic life, or life from inert matter. They frightened me. Their bland indifference to human limitations gave them the sinister charisma of saints."
— ''Cicada Queen" by Bruce Sterling
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"Your mind is software. Program it. Your body is a shell. Change it. Death is a disease. Cure it. Extinction is approaching. Fight it."
"We regard the present human norm as a transitional state. We will not give up our humanity, but we will perfect it in a thousand diverse ways."
— Ian R. Walker, Transhuman Space
Long before the cult of the Nailed God, long before warrior tribes invoked the names of Dagon and Baal, the most accomplished Tzimisce attempted to transcend the limitations of mortal clay: reworking the structures of their bodies, they reshaped themselves to conform to their visions - or nightmares - of perfection.
— Vampire: The Dark Ages - Transylvania By Night
Is human nature perfect? No. Therefore, improvements are to be welcomed."
— JC Denton, Deus Ex: Invisible War
All previous versions of humanity will no longer be supported as of this update.
— Registry Update 40000.b595135.omega, Civilization: Beyond Earth
"I turned them into post-human warriors. You're a soldier, think of it as a necessary sacrifice. (...) The Ceph are coming, Prophet. Soon. You think we'll defeat them with ordinary human soldiers? This isn't a war ordinary humans can win. This is the future. Death's an inconvenience now. Nothing more. We are all dead men walking!"
— Jacob Hargreave, Crysis 2
"It's in this context we should look again at Roddenberry's famous 'Box' for Star Trek: The Next Generation, forbidding any kind of interpersonal conflict among the crew, even disallowing children to mourn their parents. Indeed, Roddenberry's idealized Enterprise seems suspiciously inhuman, or a level above human. Perhaps his 'New Human Movement' wasn't just a throwaway."