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    Sci-fi literary quote contest

    Apologies to Humphrey as I may be jumping the gun here, but I came up with one I wanted to use. (It should be easy for you literary types).

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    Re: Sci-fi literary quote contest

    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Apologies to Humphrey as I may be jumping the gun here, but I came up with one I wanted to use. (It should be easy for you literary types).

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    Toseek, one suggestion: Since some novels can contain literally thousands of pages (in some anthologies) to avoid confusion i suggest to set up some rudamentry rules to length of quote and soucres that are good to take from. Just a minor suggestion.

    And If you did not see my post in the other thread, thanks for starting this. :-)

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    Re: Sci-fi literary quote contest

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Apologies to Humphrey as I may be jumping the gun here, but I came up with one I wanted to use. (It should be easy for you literary types).

    Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
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    Our first winner!

    Over to you, Daver!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Humphrey
    Toseek, one suggestion: Since some novels can contain literally thousands of pages (in some anthologies) to avoid confusion i suggest to set up some rudamentry rules to length of quote and soucres that are good to take from. Just a minor suggestion.

    And If you did not see my post in the other thread, thanks for starting this. :-)
    I did see your post and was suitably inspired. I agree that longer quotes are generally better, though in this case I didn't think it would matter.
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    Here we go again!

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    Hate to seem like a wet blanket out there, but given that literary Science Fiction is SO vast a selection pool that the odds of people NOT getting something are much higher than the movie thread. Even though we have quite an eclectic mix of people here with different literary tastes, I think this is going to be a much slower thread than we might otherwise think. Literary passages will be much harder to google.

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    And as other people have pointed out on the movie thread, Googling isn't the be all & end all. I use it but mainly for verification of guesses or when nobody seems to have an idea... so I agree, this could take some time 8)

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    It took me about two seconds to google out ToSeek's first quote! ](*,)

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    I won't be able to provide a quote for several hours; does someone want to take it now, or can you wait? (I'll try not to have one involving "coruscating beams of lambent radiation").

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    How about:

    "
    You've got to be a believer!"

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    131 peeks, no takers. Hmph. We MUST get this thing off the ground.

    OK, hint: It's the opening line of the story.

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    Very wild guess: Heinlens 6th column

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    No, but I smell smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    How about:

    'You've got to be a believer!"
    How about "The Man Who Sold the Moon" By Robert Heinlein?

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    DaveOlden takes the Harriman and Strong Award for The Man Who Sold the Moon.

    Your turn, DaveO!

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    Thank you, Mike.

    I'd also very much like to thank Humphrey because without his Heinlein guess, mine would not have been possible.

    So for mine...

    "... but he would think of something."
    I will give a very subtle hint: it was said twice in the book.

    Good luck!

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    2001:A Space Odyssey

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    And The Tycho Monolithic Award One goes to mike alexander!

    Congratulations, Mike.


    After your acceptance speech, it's your turn I believe.

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    All that time as a kid reading when I should have been studying...

    OK: Next

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    I'll be out a few hours after this post. Feel free to roll when the right answer comes up. At least one person will know.

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    that sounds very much like Haldeman's Forever War (He lives in the same town as me.)

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    Ok, this is just for clarification-
    If a quote appears in this thread how sci-fi does the book have to be? I'm assuming it has to show up in the sci-fi racks at a bookstore (hey, there's some stuff that doesn't fall under that category), but what about the fantasy reads that also show up on the same shelves?
    Just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    All that time as a kid reading when I should have been studying...

    OK: Next

    Stasis was punctured and the room was empty.

    I'll be out a few hours after this post. Feel free to roll when the right answer comes up. At least one person will know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andromeda321
    Ok, this is just for clarification-
    If a quote appears in this thread how sci-fi does the book have to be? I'm assuming it has to show up in the sci-fi racks at a bookstore (hey, there's some stuff that doesn't fall under that category), but what about the fantasy reads that also show up on the same shelves?
    Just wondering.
    I'd vote to keep it to science fiction but also be tolerant with books that are on the borderline: I'd accept Anne McCaffrey but not J. R. R. Tolkien.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    All that time as a kid reading when I should have been studying...

    OK: Next

    Stasis was punctured and the room was empty.

    I'll be out a few hours after this post. Feel free to roll when the right answer comes up. At least one person will know.
    Isaac Asimov's "The Ugly Little Boy"
    That sounds right...it's at the end of the story IIRC when the nurse/doctor goes back in time with the boy....

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    To Seek is correct! The Ugly Little Boy.

    Take it away...

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    Okay:


    RED RECEDED FROM HIM

    GREEN LIGHT ATTACKED

    Code:
    INDIGO            WITH             SPEED        A             SNAKE
           UNDULATED        SICKENING         LIKE    SHUDDERING


    Touch was taste to him . . . the feel of wood was acrid and chalky in his mouth, metal was salt, stone tasted sour-sweet to the touch of his fingers, and the feel of glass cloyed his palate like over-rich pastry.
    (Ignore the "Code:" part - that's the only way I could get the text to be even approximately correct.)
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    Tiger! Tiger! by Alfred Bester

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenat
    Tiger! Tiger! by Alfred Bester
    I know it as The Stars My Destination, but your title is also correct. In either case, it's considered by some to be the best science fiction novel ever.

    Anyhow, it's now your turn. Go for it!
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    Well I googled that last one so I'll make this one easy.

    My brother began to dictate in his best oratorical style, the one which has the tribes hanging on his words.

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