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    Loved that book, must've read it a dozen times over. But no, that's not the answer. There wasn't anything supernatural in Cryptonomicon.

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    Just for the heck of it...Good Omens by Gaiman and Prattchett?

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    It sounds like something by Dan Brown, but I admit I never touched any of his books. I've read Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum and the Cryptonomicon and I don't think he will compare. *shudders*
    Also, Foucault's Pendulum gave me as much of illuminati conspiracies as I will ever need.


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    Nay to Good Omens and Dan Brown (and Umberto Eco). I have also never touched anything by Brown, and don't plan on doing so. The inaccuracies and deceptive marketing surrounding The Da Vinci Code turned me off for good.

    The novel was written by a British author currently based in Scotland.

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    This is far too hard a thread for me, but....

    Is it The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross?

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    Yes, bingo!

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    As stated at the beginning, this is MUCH harder than it appears at first. Hope this is intelligible...

    Our Hero (TM) discovers that the enemy behind the evil, world-threatening machinations is actually the mailbox.

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    David Langford's The Space Eater?

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    Bump!

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    I think it's time for the thread to move on. Perhaps someone should start up another plot. Then, if ChymysVasar wanders back in, he can let us know if Paul Beardsley was correct or not.

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    I'll jump in with something really easy then.

    Terrorists overthrow federation by gaining control of a natural resource.


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    Hmmmm...shouldn't that be freedom fighters?

    Either way, I'll say Dune.

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    Terrorists, freedom fighters, tomahtos, tomaytos...

    Anyway, over to you, ABR.


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    Okay, let's try another easy one.

    New cars having trouble with turns lead to a world without secrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABR. View Post
    Okay, let's try another easy one.
    Bob Shaw.

    Other Days, Other Eyes.

    (Or is it Light of Other Days?)

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    Either title will do, although I picked up the novel so technically Other Days, Other Eyes.

    Your turn, Paul Beardsley.

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    A man in law enforcement is married to his own sister who has taken reality-altering drugs which have unpleasant consequences on a major TV personality.

    Extra points for naming two Gary Numan songs inspired by this novel.

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    I was first going to say Bug Jack Barron, but now I'm pretty sure it's Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, by Philip Dick.

    I'm afraid I have no idea who Gary Numan is.

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    Well done, Mike.

    I was wondering if I was going to have to add a clue. Say, “This law enforcer is a bit of a cry baby and he likes to talk about it.”

    Gary Numan was an electropop singer, famous in the late 70s and early 80s. His lyrics were heavily inspired by William Burroughs and Philip K. Dick. One early song, “Listen to the Sirens”, begins, “Flow my tears/the new/po-lice song.” Another, “The Machman”, includes a reference to “a random pol check” which is a direct quote from Flow My Tears.

    In 1983 or 1984 I went to see Gary Numan live at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. It was a good evening except that I left my scarf, Ghanima*, behind. I since received an identical scarf, also called Ghanima, which I still have.

    *Named after the daughter of Paul Atreides in Dune Messiah.

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    Hmmm.
    The size of a scientific experiment is relative to the environment in which it is conducted. And that experiment may appear to lead nowhere but end up pointing to the stars.

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    The Shrinking Man? (Which is getting remade, by the way.)
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    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Good Lord, that would just about fit! It wasn't the one I'm thinking of, though.

    Hint: The creation of this experiment was pure bliss...

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    The Rapture Effect?

    (Not even sure if there is a book of that name.)

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    I dunno either. Brin wrote The Practice Effect. The Rapture Effect is good.
    (Face it, "The ________ Effect" is a title trope of fine lineage).
    I'll add another datum:

    a)The size of a scientific experiment is relative to the environment in which it is conducted. And that experiment may appear to lead nowhere but end up pointing to the stars.

    b)The creation of this experiment was pure Bliss...

    c) A man should live forever or die trying.


    The story appeared in novella and later novel form.

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    Next hint: When does a 'bridge to nowhere' actually lead to something unexpected and amazing?

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    The novel is They Shall Have Stars, the first book of Cities in Flight, bu James Blish.

    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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    That's the one. There was also the original novella, "Bridge".

    The idea of building a fifty-mile long, twenty-mile high bridge on Jupiter has always been one of my favorite images in SF.

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    May I interject a quick "Aaaarrgh!" here? Cities in Flight is one of my all-time favorites. I even thought of it after the "bliss" hint. Aaaaarrgh! Okay, I'm done now. Please continue.

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