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    'How it Happened' by Isaac Asimov.

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    Yep. Your turn

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    Oops, sorry for the delay.

    He was looking at the house, but I was unable to tell if there was anyone at the window

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    Light of Other Days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    Light of Other Days?
    That's correct 8)

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    (and I do love that story, although it hurts to read it)

    Working from memory here... ah.


    He just said, "Don't tell, Beel." And winked.

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    Bump. No guesses at all? Want to give a hint, Mike?
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    Yes, and maybe a rule. Twelve hours or so with no guesses gets an automatic hint.

    Hints:

    Short story
    Ending line
    Author was half of a famous writing team, working alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    Yes, and maybe a rule. Twelve hours or so with no guesses gets an automatic hint.

    Hints:

    Short story
    Ending line
    Author was half of a famous writing team, working alone
    We seem to be stuck, so i resorted to desparate measures--I googled for science fiction and Beel, and got a hit on "Gomez", by C. M. Kornbluth. I don't have the story at home, and didn't see a copy online, so i couldn't check any further.

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    Whew!
    daver is correct. Gomez by Cyril Kornbluth.

    Your turn, daver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    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.)
    Admit it - you had always wanted to do that. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by informant
    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    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.)
    Admit it - you had always wanted to do that. :wink:
    Since the genesis of this thread, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    Whew!
    daver is correct. Gomez by Cyril Kornbluth.

    Your turn, daver.
    I was poking around on Amazon trying to get better confirmation; The Best of C. M. Kornbluth comes highly recommended. Maybe i'll get it for my next plane trip.

    I'll give a longer quote--i think it should be fairly easy:

    "Wilbur Whately," he began, "this court is proud to announce that
    you have been unanimously acquitted of the charge of political
    irresponsibility, and of unjustified and excessive atrocity.

    "There was one dissenting vote on acquitting you of the charge of
    political irresponsibility; one of the associate judges felt that the late
    unmitigated scoundrel, Austin Maverick, ought to have been
    skinned alive, an inch at a time. You are, however, acquitted of
    that charge, too."

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    Just a seconding vote here. The Kornbluth collection is excellent. He was always a good writer and at his best was superb. A terrible loss that he died very young. If in print, see if you can find Critical Mass, a collection of Pohl/Kornbluth collaborations.

    Blanking on the quote, though.

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    "Wilbur Whately," he began, "this court is proud to announce that
    you have been unanimously acquitted of the charge of political
    irresponsibility, and of unjustified and excessive atrocity.

    "There was one dissenting vote on acquitting you of the charge of
    political irresponsibility; one of the associate judges felt that the late
    unmitigated scoundrel, Austin Maverick, ought to have been
    skinned alive, an inch at a time. You are, however, acquitted of
    that charge, too."
    Hmm. Looks like we need a hint. OK, the scene takes place near a largish BBQ (several thousand people).

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    Quote Originally Posted by daver
    "Wilbur Whately," he began, "this court is proud to announce that
    you have been unanimously acquitted of the charge of political
    irresponsibility, and of unjustified and excessive atrocity.

    "There was one dissenting vote on acquitting you of the charge of
    political irresponsibility; one of the associate judges felt that the late
    unmitigated scoundrel, Austin Maverick, ought to have been
    skinned alive, an inch at a time. You are, however, acquitted of
    that charge, too."
    Sounds like a scene from Lone Star Planet (aka A Planet for Texans) by H. Beam Piper. There's certainly a very similar scene if that's not it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daver
    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    Whew!
    daver is correct. Gomez by Cyril Kornbluth.

    Your turn, daver.
    I was poking around on Amazon trying to get better confirmation; The Best of C. M. Kornbluth comes highly recommended. Maybe i'll get it for my next plane trip.

    I'll give a longer quote--i think it should be fairly easy:

    "Wilbur Whately," he began, "this court is proud to announce that
    you have been unanimously acquitted of the charge of political
    irresponsibility, and of unjustified and excessive atrocity.

    "There was one dissenting vote on acquitting you of the charge of
    political irresponsibility; one of the associate judges felt that the late
    unmitigated scoundrel, Austin Maverick, ought to have been
    skinned alive, an inch at a time. You are, however, acquitted of
    that charge, too."
    Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror has a character with that name, at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gas Giant
    Quote Originally Posted by daver
    "Wilbur Whately," he began, "this court is proud to announce that
    you have been unanimously acquitted of the charge of political
    irresponsibility, and of unjustified and excessive atrocity.

    "There was one dissenting vote on acquitting you of the charge of
    political irresponsibility; one of the associate judges felt that the late
    unmitigated scoundrel, Austin Maverick, ought to have been
    skinned alive, an inch at a time. You are, however, acquitted of
    that charge, too."
    Sounds like a scene from Lone Star Planet (aka A Planet for Texans) by H. Beam Piper. There's certainly a very similar scene if that's not it.
    Yes. Your go, Gas Giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror has a character with that name, at least.
    That's very interesting. I wonder if Piper lifted the name intentionally or not.

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    It seems that Piper was full of arcane knowledge. He would use some very obscure references in his books all the time. Pournelle says that Piper read a LOT.

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    Since Gas Giant hasn't shown up in 48 hours, I'll post an easy one to fill the gap:

    And AC said, "LET THERE BE LIGHT!"
    And there was light--
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    Last Question.

    Issac Asimov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waarthog
    Last Question.

    Issac Asimov
    Yep (Asimov's own favorite short story of all he wrote, and my candidate for the "ultimate" science fiction story.)

    Anyhow, your go.
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    I expect someone will nail this one quick.

    SANCHO!!!!! MY ARMOR!!!!

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    Don Quixote

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    If this were the Literature CLassics quote thread, I dare say you would be correct. Since this particuar quote is out of a Sci Fi book, sad to say, you are not.

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    It's not the story about Pizzaro, is it? I'm drawing a blank on the title, and honor forbids my googling for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Since Gas Giant hasn't shown up in 48 hours,
    I know, my apologies. I've spent the weekend being ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gas Giant
    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Since Gas Giant hasn't shown up in 48 hours,
    I know, my apologies. I've spent the weekend being ill.
    I hope you don't mind - I didn't want the thread to languish. I would suggest that you jump in when opportunity permits.
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    No problem; gives me time to work out something suitably evil...

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