Vanna Bonta

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Vanna Bonta is a novelist, poet and actress who continues her family’s tradition of literature and the arts. She is best known as the author of Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel (Meridian House 1996), the story of an amnesiac girl with no navel, and award-winning collections of poetry as well as for her cameo role as Zed's queen in the fantasy movie The Beastmaster.


  • Infinity is a territory toward which the inherent human impetus of conquest can be productively directed. Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind’s focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation.
    • "The Impact of Space Activities Upon Society" essay, European Space Agency (2005)
  • What goes up can continue.
    • Lyric from the song "What Goes Up"
  • Sex in space is not just a good idea, it's survival.
    • Quoted during a panel discussion at the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2006 conference
  • I believe Love is the most courageous act of which a human being is capable. The word courage even stems from the root word “heart” (coeur). Scientifically speaking, it is quantifiable only by recognition of its quality. When we love, we are courageous; and courage has nothing to do with being fearless, it’s about being willing to experience fear, even dread, to do what we must, without guarantee of outcome.
    • From the essay "Space: What love's got to do with it" (2004)
  • Love consults itself.
    • From the essay, "Space: What love's got to do with it" (2004)
  • I was really gobsmacked.
    • Comment by Bonta on her blog upon being informed that a spaceship entered in the 2007 NASA Lunar Lander Challenge had been named Lauryad after the spaceship in her book Flight
  • I'm in love with the whole world.
    • Quoted at age 13 by the Columbia Gazette
  • Gifts have ribbons, not strings.
    • Holiday advice from Bonta, as quoted on Waleg Celebrity News Archive
  • The genre is broad and includes Life.
    • Bonta describing the genre Quantum Fiction, which she coined with her book Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel.
  • Penalty is different than punishment, because it offers something with which to regain honor.
    • Bonta recalling being reprimanded as a child, as quoted on the Waleg Celebrity News Archive
  • When we love, we are courageous; and courage has nothing to do with being fearless, it’s about being willing to experience fear, even dread, to do what we must, without guarantee of outcome.
    • "Space: What love's got to do with it" The Space Review (2004)

Degrees: Thought Capsules and Micro Tales (1989)

  • She listened to him all night and he found her fascinating.
  • Popularity is not an indication of quality.
  • People who worship only themselves get a slick, polished look -- like monuments. Too bad they had to go so soon.
  • Stella, I never knew you but here I am, in your room, a week after your death. ... I thought of you, Stella, and wondered if you watched your moments, or if they all snuck by. I whispered your name into the day, carried on for you in reverence, and I felt you rest and continue the smile.
    • "Stella's Earrings
  • Love is the eternal first breath.
    • "Home"
  • Little did the artist know, who neglected his appearance in favor of his work, that the years would produce a breed that spent hours meticulously acquiring a neglected look to appear like an artist.
    • "Inversion"
  • Have you, with your work, made anyone glow? Erupted their sorrow? Evicted their woe? Have you been anyone's consolation through a night? Have you evoked unrehearsed emotion? Chiseled a crack in someone's encasement and watched them escape? Followed the muses wherever they led? Kept on creating when left for dead? Do not bother me with punctuation until you have earned your degree.
    • "To Some Critics"

FLIGHT: a quantum fiction novel (1996)

  • Which came first — the observer or the particle?
    • Preface
  • Once, before Time...
    • Prologue
  • Her countenance was like a newborn's, just taking everything in without filter or defense.
    • Ch. 15
  • I'm not an intellectual, I'm just a writer.
    • Ch. 17
  • Life kissed her however it could.
    • Ch. 22
  • Gods were crucified, scientists and inventors tortured and persecuted, artists slandered.
    • Ch. 23
  • Viewers of television, for instance, aren't aware of their own physical vulnerabilities. They get used, manipulated by images of depersonalized sex.
    • Ch. 32
  • It was a perfect summer night. So good, it was true.
    • Ch. 48


  • Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still retain your dignity.
  • "Impossible" is not a scientific term.
  • Money is only a human invention. I get paid for my work, it's a system of trade, but it's not my purpose and reason for living.
  • The greatest justice in life is to be who one is.
  • Where you see valid achievements or virtue being attacked, it's by someone viewing them as a mirror of their own inadequacy instead of an inspiring beacon for excellence.
  • Nature abhors a vacuum but why do most people hasten to fill in the blanks with garbage?
  • How enlightened is wearing God like some do Versace?
  • A cure for War? Furiously spending the same daily amount of money toward making friends. Being an indispensable source of food, shelter, peace, and cultural support dedicatedly spending 9 billion dollars a month on helping people would be a formidable enemy of evil.
  • Poverty and War have no excuse.
  • When we love there is no reason why.
  • Hate is blind.
  • The only sins are violations of love.
  • We've been there on World Wars, it's time for World Party I.
  • I didn't have a Barbie doll, so I played with eternity.
  • Love takes no sides but understands them all.
  • Women are from stars, men are from penis.
  • Why have a cake if I can't eat it?
  • I consider myself more exportant than important.
  • Truth may sometimes hurt but delusion harms.
  • Purity of heart is blooming the same colors in the middle of the wilderness when no one sees you.
  • LIFE: Love, Intelligence, Fun, Evolution in that order.
  • Inspiration always arrives unannounced.
  • Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas.
  • Fame is not the glory; virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger to bring more to the fold.
  • The height of mediocrity is still low.


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