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    A for Anything is correct. The other title is The People Maker. I bought them at the same time, and found that there were some differences in the texts.

    You're up, Mike. (BTW, what happened to your avatar? Did you shave, or sumpin'?)

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    Hey, you! "It's" with an apostrophe means "it is" or "it has." "Its" without an apostrophe means "belongs to it."

    "For shame, gentlemen, pack your evidence a little better against another time."
    -- John Dryden, "The Vindication of The Duke of Guise" 1684

    Earth's sole legacy will be a very slight increase (0.01%) of the solar metallicity.

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    Re: avatar. I've been thinking of selling my section of the board and hired a good real estate agent.

    In a world several generations after a nuclear war, a small group attempts to clandestinely build a nuclear-pulse spacecraft.

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    Orion Shall Rise by Anderson?

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    Dat's da one!

    Poul had the High Tongue running in that book, and made a real page-turner. Some great lines.

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    Yeah, I really enjoyed Orion, too. Of course, now comes the reason why this thread makes me nervous -- I have to come up with a plot. Let me think on this for a few hours.

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    Okay, let's try this:

    Man must lead a minimalist life with absolutely no electronic devices after investigating the death of a computer hacker...
    I'm kidding, I'm kidding! Please don't hit me, Nowhere Man!

    Here's the actual plot for your perusal --use Don LaFontaine voice mode while reading, please. I've been meaning to use this is in the Sci-Fi Quote contest, but couldn't find the story until today. It's pretty obscure, but I think there are a couple people here up to the task.

    In a world where jogging is outlawed, they jogged anyway.

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    Fred
    Hey, you! "It's" with an apostrophe means "it is" or "it has." "Its" without an apostrophe means "belongs to it."

    "For shame, gentlemen, pack your evidence a little better against another time."
    -- John Dryden, "The Vindication of The Duke of Guise" 1684

    Earth's sole legacy will be a very slight increase (0.01%) of the solar metallicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABR. View Post
    Okay, let's try this:



    I'm kidding, I'm kidding! Please don't hit me, Nowhere Man!

    Here's the actual plot for your perusal --use Don LaFontaine voice mode while reading, please. I've been meaning to use this is in the Sci-Fi Quote contest, but couldn't find the story until today. It's pretty obscure, but I think there are a couple people here up to the task.
    Ray Bradbury's The City???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Ray Bradbury's The City???
    No, this author isn't quite as well known as Bradbury.

    And Nowhere Man, sorry, that was mean of me. Fun, but mean. I won't bring that story up again.

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    Chill. Stories like that are the reason I finally dropped IASFM back in 2000.

    Fred
    Hey, you! "It's" with an apostrophe means "it is" or "it has." "Its" without an apostrophe means "belongs to it."

    "For shame, gentlemen, pack your evidence a little better against another time."
    -- John Dryden, "The Vindication of The Duke of Guise" 1684

    Earth's sole legacy will be a very slight increase (0.01%) of the solar metallicity.

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    If they buy my story will you at least pick up an issue?

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    I guess this one is really obscure. Time for a little hint.

    At first, the jogging served a purpose, but that purpose had been fulfilled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    If they buy my story will you at least pick up an issue?
    Mebbe. The biggest thing wrong with the mag -- Gardner Dozois -- is now gone. But I still have a bad taste in my mental mouth.

    Keep us posted.

    Fred
    Hey, you! "It's" with an apostrophe means "it is" or "it has." "Its" without an apostrophe means "belongs to it."

    "For shame, gentlemen, pack your evidence a little better against another time."
    -- John Dryden, "The Vindication of The Duke of Guise" 1684

    Earth's sole legacy will be a very slight increase (0.01%) of the solar metallicity.

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    Another hint: the jogging doesn't have to be a one-way street.

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    Jogging...on a space station...

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    The Running Man?

    Actually it sounds more like Logan's Run.


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    Wow! I'm not alone on the thread. Wild.

    Not Running Man or Logan's Run, although I'm wondering now why I didn't choose something along those lines. No, this one is apparently obscure -- it was a story in a Galaxy magazine from 1977. I guess I read it at an impressionable age which is why I remembered it.

    I think I'll give this another day and then post the answer and run screaming down main street never to return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABR. View Post
    Wow! I'm not alone on the thread. Wild.

    Not Running Man or Logan's Run, although I'm wondering now why I didn't choose something along those lines. No, this one is apparently obscure -- it was a story in a Galaxy magazine from 1977. I guess I read it at an impressionable age which is why I remembered it.

    I think I'll give this another day and then post the answer and run screaming down main street never to return.
    Since you're close to the full reveal, I checked Wiki and found a story called Night Runners by Jan Haffley appearing in April '77 Galaxy Magazine, but I couldn't find a plot description. Is that it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    Since you're close to the full reveal, I checked Wiki and found a story called Night Runners by Jan Haffley appearing in April '77 Galaxy Magazine, but I couldn't find a plot description. Is that it?
    Try November.

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    I told you this was harder than it looks.

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    I believed you! I think my problem is that I made a poor choice of stories -- I doubt it would have fared any better in the Quote thread.

    Incidentally, I have already quoted the entire title in various hints and have even given the name of the author, although I used a different spellyng.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABR. View Post
    I believed you! I think my problem is that I made a poor choice of stories -- I doubt it would have fared any better in the Quote thread.

    Incidentally, I have already quoted the entire title in various hints and have even given the name of the author, although I used a different spellyng.
    Ah, then it will have to be "Jogging up Main Street" by Thomas Wylde.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    Ah, then it will have to be "Jogging up Main Street" by Thomas Wylde.
    That's the one. Thanks jamesabrown -- I'm outta here!

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    Oldie but a goodie.


    An actor impersonates a politician to avoid an interplanetary incident.

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    Heinlein's Double Star?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CodeSlinger View Post
    Heinlein's Double Star?
    Correct, CodeSlinger. Batter up.

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    Yay!

    Let's go for something a bit more recent:

    A computer expert well-versed in computational demonology who works for a British super-secret agency investigates super-natural incidents suspected to be related to Nazis.

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    The Devils Day?

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    Mmm, even more recent. Post-2000, in fact.

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    Well, except for the supernatural, it could be Cryptonomicon...
    ...which isn't really Sci-fi.


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