(30 Aug 1887 - 23 Jan 1957)
American novelist who penned 750 novels and short stories, under various pseudonyms, beginning with his first and most successful novel, The Girl in the Golden Atom (1922). Thus he helped popularize science fiction, but also wrote detective and horror stories little known today. He worked as a personal assistant and technical writer for Thomas Alva Edison, 1914-19.
Science Quotes by Ray Cummings (1 quote)
Time keeps everything from happening at once.
— Ray Cummings
Spoken by character Big Business Man in Ray Cummings, The Girl in the Golden Atom (1922), 46. Also seen as “Time is nature's way to keep everything from happening all at once,” with misattributions including Albert Einstein, John Wheeler, Onsager and Woody Allen. As seen in John Wheeler, 'Information, Physics, Quantum: The Search for Links', collected in Wojciech Hubert Zurek (ed.),Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information: The Proceedings of the 1988 Workshop on Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information Held May-June, 1989, in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1990), 10, footnoted as “Discovered among the graffiti in the men’s room of the Pecan Street Cafe, Austin, Texas.”