WIN: Sins Of A Solar Empire

We know how much you love to conquer the universe. So with that in mind we’re delighted to be able to give away five copies of the excellent real-time interstellar space war strategy, Sins Of A Solar Empire. As you’ll recall from our previous discussions, this is a game that we’d definitely recommend people buying, so we’d triply recommend entering a competition to win a copy. Honestly, you might as well click through to the details.

Here’s the question: What is the best line of dialogue ever to be uttered in a science fiction capacity? This means it must be a line from a science fiction movie, TV-show, or videogame. You must reference your source. The five best lines will win copies of the game. One entry per person.

Send your answers here, and DO NOT forget to include your postal address. Compo rules are here.

Here’s a reminder of Sins’ space action joy. Marvel at the the long zoom:


  1. Dinger says:

    I have the game too. My submission hors compétition:
    “All men by nature desire to know” (Aristotle, Metaphysics A:1)

    Probably the greatest bit of science fiction every written — heck that line inspired Dante.
    Okay, if you want to be a pedant, how about: “If I were Napoleon, you could be my Josephine?”

  2. jamie says:

    This is such a good game, 1.05 is out for all who care, featuring such fixes as multiplayer and singleplayer, get it while its hot like.

  3. internisus says:

    I’ll second the request for a deadline, and I’d also like to know whether “best” means “funniest” as I suspect or whether perfectly serious lines stand on equal footing here.

  4. Albides says:

    He’s dead, Jim!

  5. RichPowers says:

    Meat Circus deserves to win for suggesting the post be renamed WINS of a Solar Empire.

  6. jph wacheski says:

    looks way too complex for me,. I dont want to take a phd. degree to play a game,. how much time they think I have to kill,. . I will ponder the question and if i win and play the thing, perhaps I will enjoy it,. .

    “He’s dead, Jim!“ is a clasic! fo’ sure!

  7. Albides says:

    It’s actually pretty approachable, jph. If you’re familiar with RTS games, then you’ll pick up Sins reasonably easily, because as far as the mechanics goes, it’s more or less a typical RTS with territory broken into planets, planetoids and suns, as with most turn-based space strategy sims, instead of your usual scrolling terrain. It’s a simple idea but it changes the whole dynamic of the way the strategy game plays in the way strategic points do for Company of Heroes and Dawn of War.

  8. Dogman says:

    Does Deus Ex count?

    “A BOMB”

  9. JR says:

    “I want more life, fucker!” – Bladerunner

  10. Tom says:

    Hey, I just read the compo rules and RPS are claiming that all these quotes we’re submitting as entries become their copyright. That’s gonna make you rich, guys. If you like I can submit you the McDonald’s logo too…

  11. fearian says:

    Entries must flow!

  12. TychoCelchuuu says:

    “I want more life, father!” – Bladerunner

  13. Ice Dragon says:

    “Beam me up Scotty!”

  14. KingMob says:

    “I’m giving you a choice: either put on these glasses or start eatin’ that trash can.”
    They Live, 1988

  15. Kong says:

    Great competition, great magazine. I check it almost daily, thx for the great work.
    My entry is not very original, but I believe it’s the bestest and beautifullest sf dialogue (well, monologue) ever. Roy Batty in Blade Runner, 1982 by Ridley Scott:

    >Batty: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.<

    My favorite cinema death scene too.
    My second and third best dialogues would be: why exploited Ferengi do not fight exploitation in DS 9 -Bar Association and “how a drill instructor named Zim captured a brain”. Harharhar

  16. Tony says:

    Hudson: That’s it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?

    Burke: Maybe we could build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh? Why don’t we try that?

  17. Tony says:

    sorry..thats From Aliens -1986

  18. DerangedStoat says:

    ‘Smoke me a kipper, skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast!’

  19. Gnee says:

    Here’s an oldie buy goodie: That’s not a moon….its a space station!!!

  20. bartholemue says:

    got sins already but hey, wth…(this is off ‘dude, wheres my car?’)
    “dude!!! you’ve got a tattoo”
    “so have you, what does mine say”
    “Dude. what does mine say”
    “sweet. what does mine”
    “Dude! what does mine say”
    “Sweet!what does mine say”
    “DUDE! what does mine say”
    “SWEET!” (they begin hitting each other)

  21. Iain says:

    Ahh, Hitch Hikers Guide :)
    The Guide-
    “Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindboggingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

    Zaphod Breeblebox –
    “I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month. I am so hip I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.”

  22. maheshjr2004 says:

    I already own the game, will just give out ideas

    Number Six: Are you alive?
    Military Liaison: Yes.
    Number Six: Prove it. (Whoever doesn’t recognize that shame on you)

    Apollo: So what’s the charge this time?
    Starbuck: Striking a superior asshole.
    Apollo: You’ve been waiting all day to say that, haven’t you?
    Starbuck: Actually, all afternoon.

    Starbuck: Why can’t we use the starboard launch tube?
    Chief Tyrol: It’s a gift shop now.
    Starbuck: Frak me.

    Roslin: I’m going to be straight with you here. The human race is about to be wiped out. We have fifty thousand people left and that’s it. Now, if we are even going to survive as a species, then we need to get the hell out of here and we need to start having babies!

    Adama: There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

    Shelley Godfrey: Have you lost your mind!?
    Baltar: That’s an interesting question, and one I pose to myself on a regular basis.

    Starbuck: You have been selected as Caprica’s delegate to the Quorum of Twelve.
    Baltar: Me? Is this some kind of joke?
    Starbuck: Guess you got the super-genius vote. No accounting for taste.
    Number Six: Congratulations, Doctor!
    Baltar: Thank you, um…politics is the only thing more boring than blood samples. All those interminable speeches, all that dreary pomp…!
    Number Six: Parties full of young women, drawn to men of power.
    Baltar: …but when the people call, you must serve.

    Starbuck: Bitch took my ride.

    Tigh: Why aren’t you in the brig?
    Billy Keikeya: (flustered) Because.. no one put me in there?

    Brother Cavil: Do you know how useless prayer is? Chanting, and singing, and mucking about with old half-remembered lines of bad poetry? And you know what it gets you? Exactly nothing.
    Tyrol: Are you sure that you are a priest?

  23. zima says:


    As hard as it is to choose only one creative work as source of quotation, this movie presents another challenge – quotation worthy dialogue shows up every 5 minutes ;) (but otoh it’s strongy related to games, so it’s a good candidate for this contest/might make my chances better/is a pathetic form of flattery ;) ).

    If choosing only one dialogue…

    Allegra: So how does it feel?
    Ted: What?
    Allegra: Your real life. The one you came back for.
    Ted: It feels completely unreal.
    Allegra: You’re stuck now, aren’t ya? You want to go back to the Chinese restaurant because there’s nothing happening here. We’re safe. It’s boring.
    Ted: It’s worse than that. I’m not sure… I’m not sure here, where we are, is real at all. This feels like a game to me. And you, you’re beginning to feel a bit like a game character.

    And few more noteworthy… (spoilers ahead? And above for that matter too…)

    Ted: Free will is obviously not a big factor in this little world of ours.
    Allegra: It’s like real life. There’s just enough to make it interesting.

    Hey, tell the truth. Are we still in the game?

    Ted: We’re both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don’t understand.
    Allegra: That sounds like my game, all right.
    Ted: That sounds like a game that’s not gonna be easy to market.
    Allegra: But it’s a game everybody’s already playing.

    (this one’s not really remarkable, but certainly a dream of every gamer geek ;) )
    Allegra: What the hell was that?
    Ted: That wasn’t me. That was my game character. I wouldn’t have done that. Not here anyway.
    Allegra: Our characters are obviously supposed to jump on each other. It’s probably a pathetically mechanical attempt to heighten the emotional tension of the next game sequence. No use fighting it.

    You have to play the game to find out why you’re playing the game.

    Allegra, what if we’re not in the game anymore?

  24. Josh says:

    “Who am I? I’m Susan Ivanova. Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart. I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you’re ever going to see. God sent me.”
    Commander Susan Ivanova, Between the Light and the Darkness

  25. Jeff says:

    – Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt

  26. maheshjr2004 says:

    Jeff has inspired me to post WH40k stuff

    * Some may question your right to destroy ten billion people. Those who understand realize that you have no right to let them live…
    o – Officio Exterminatum In Exterminatus Extremis

    * In an Imperium of a million worlds, what is the death of one world in the cause of purity?
    o Inquisition credo

    * The enemies of the Emperor fear many things. They fear discovery, defeat, despair and death. Yet there is one thing they fear above all others. They fear the wrath of the Space Marines.
    o Anonymous
    Why not arm the bastards and have them win us a few bloody worlds between the verses?!

    * Leman Russ on Remembrancers

    * Only in the Space Marines of the Legiones Astartes are courage and expertise perfectly blended. In other troops they are present in varying degrees and proportions, and many scholars have debated their relative merits.
    For my own part, I come down on the side of courage. For courage makes a virtue of inexperience. I myself have commanded Imperial Guard troops whose probitor units have achieved great things, because their courage was infinite and because they were too inexperienced to realise that their goal was impossible.
    o Leman Russ, De Natura Belli Book XIV

    * After the orbital strikes, Thunderhawk bombardments, Whirlwinds, Vindicators, fusion and starfire and finally Battle Brothers with flamers had finished cleansing the world of all the enemies of Man, we built a monastery in the center of the largest, most radioactive impact crater. We named the planet “Tranquility”, for it was very quiet now.
    o Brother Vlad Carthas

    * To admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor.
    o Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines

    * Do not ask, ‘Why kill the alien?’
    Rather ask, ‘Why not?’
    o Battle Brother Artemis of the Deathwatch
    Next up FIREFLY

    Addenum: Starship Troopers
    * With national governments in collapse at the end of the XXth century, something had to fill the vacuum, and in many cases it was the returned veterans. They had lost a war, most of them had no jobs, many were sore as could be over the terms of the Treaty of New Delhi, especially the P.O.W. foul-up – and they knew how to fight. But it wasn’t revolution; it was more like what happened in Russia in 1917 – the system collapsed; somebody else moved in. The first known case, in Aberdeen, Scotland, was typical. Some veterans got together as vigilantes to stop rioting and looting, hanged a few people (including two veterans) and decided not to let anyone but veterans on their committee. Just arbitrary at first – they trusted each other a bit, they didn’t trust anyone else. What started as an emergency measure became constitutional practice in a generation or two. (Pg. 179)

  27. Sradac says:

    “…So harry began feelin around on all the trees. And he said, Well I think we’re on pluto. So I said, but harry how can you tell? By the bark you dummies! By the bark!!”

  28. Emperor Dano says:

    so when does the contest end?

  29. Call me Ishmael says:

    “Undomesticated equines could not remove me.” – Teal’c
    “Wild horses, Teal’c. That was a joke…” – Jack O’neill

  30. what must be done says:

    “I knew it, I’m surrounded by assholes!”

    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”

  31. sinister agent says:

    I’ve just realised I made not one, not seven, but TWO embarassing errors with my submission. Let’s gloss quietly over this.

  32. Dagda says:

    Same here. Unless a narrator counts as dialogue.

  33. sinister agent says:

    Mine were more embarassing, I assure you. I confused Asimov with Clarke, for one thing.

    These authors all look alike, anyway.

  34. Josh says:

    Anyone know when the winners will be announced?


  35. jakeo says:

    Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet.
    Buried alive!
    -Star Trek 2 the wrath of Kahn

  36. Oli says:

    “How many archeologists carry weapons on them?” – Jack O’Neill
    “Well… I do!” – Daniel Jackson
    “Ok, wrong example” -O’Neill
    (i had to put that because of the earlier stargate quote I read here :P)

    but mine would be
    “Time to go and find this “Redship Rory”… Sheesh, did his mama really name him “Redship”?” – Bruce Campbell as Jake Logan in Tachyon

  37. renegade ninja says:

    okay for all you browncoats out there
    “I aim to misbehave” Malcom Reynolds