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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    It's not the story about Pizzaro, is it? I'm drawing a blank on the title, and honor forbids my googling for it.
    Sadly, no. Googling will avail you not. I deliberately chose something googleproof. However, given the ambiguity, I shall provide a paraphrase of the next line with certain anti-google protections:

    ..the other men on the couches chuckled although he couldn't see them, he watched the captain move his arm and the next thing he was aware of was that an atomic bomb went off under (characters) @ss.
    If I left in the characters name, it could be googled. As I said, this is not an exact quote but close enough that someone who has read it would know it. It was a rather memorable moment in the book.

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    Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein?

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    Nope. Sorry.

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    Footfall by Larry Niven?

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    Nailed it.

    Well done Timm.

    OK how do we handle this now, since Gas Giant was waiting in the wings?

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    I really liked that part of the book. Must be a strange feeling...

    Err, I don't have any english books here right now, so Gas Giant, if you got one ready, go ahead...
    I'll be home thursday, there i'll have something to quote, but if Gas Giant doesn't have one ready, I'll go to a library or bookstore tomorrow, or google one up as a last resort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timm
    I really liked that part of the book. Must be a strange feeling...

    Err, I don't have any english books here right now, so Gas Giant, if you got one ready, go ahead...
    I'll be home thursday, there i'll have something to quote, but if Gas Giant doesn't have one ready, I'll go to a library or bookstore tomorrow, or google one up as a last resort.
    Sounds like a plan!
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    OK, give this a go:-

    Now for the first time in Net history we have a Transcendent form, the Blight, that can effectively dominate the Beyond. Many on the Net [cites Hanse and Sandor at the Zoo] believe that it is searching for an artifact near the Bottom. Is it no wonder that this could upset the Natural Balance and provoke the recent Event?

    Please write to me and tell me what you think. I don't get much mail.

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    Okay, there goes one of my english books... :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gas Giant
    OK, give this a go:-

    Now for the first time in Net history we have a Transcendent form, the Blight, that can effectively dominate the Beyond. Many on the Net [cites Hanse and Sandor at the Zoo] believe that it is searching for an artifact near the Bottom. Is it no wonder that this could upset the Natural Balance and provoke the recent Event?

    Please write to me and tell me what you think. I don't get much mail.
    A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge?
    That's the one. Er, it's somebody else's go now!

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    Okay, I'll go:

    It was a dark and stormy night.
    (This actually is a key line in a science fiction book, believe it or not.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    (This actually is a key line in a science fiction book, believe it or not.)
    Hmm, I guess this discounts Bulwer-Lyttons Paul Clifford then. I don't suppose this was in the Novelization (if one was ever made) of the Star Trek Next Generation episode The Royale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waarthog
    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    (This actually is a key line in a science fiction book, believe it or not.)
    Hmm, I guess this discounts Bulwer-Lyttons Paul Clifford then. I don't suppose this was in the Novelization (if one was ever made) of the Star Trek Next Generation episode The Royale?
    Let's just say that wasn't what I had in mind.
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    Wow. A Midsummer Tempest?

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    I'll provide two hints:

    1. It's the first line in the book.
    2. The book won a major mainstream literary award (i.e., not a Hugo or a Nebula).
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    A Wrinkle in Time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Batty
    A Wrinkle in Time.
    Yep, winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal for "distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
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    Grrr! having severe problems accessing the site today :x
    Anyway:

    But it lied in that last signal, and with good reason.
    We may have an OCP

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    I got one!
    Excession.

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    [broadcast Mclear, n6.21.000+]:
    xGSV Roy Batty
    oGCU eburacum45
    & *broadcast*:

    Ref. Excession

    Absolutely correct 8)

    xRB @ n6.21.000

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    Thanks.

    How's this;
    I'm sorry, but there is bad news.

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    The Forge of God.
    (& I only read Eon for the 1st time a year ago! 8) )

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    That's it; the alien Guest that informs the world of impending doom.

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    If I knew, I would tell you. Same spiral, different arm, that's all I know. We're talking memory numbers, man, we're talking geological time.

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    Let's not forget about this thread. (Time for a hint, perhaps, considering it's been a week?)
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    Hint, please. Aside from a Spider-Robinsonish feel to the lingo, I'm at a loss.

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    Hmmm; Red Dwarf? HHG?

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    Well I would normally of given a hint before now except:
    1) It was xmas & I thought many people away (including myself for a few days).
    2) There wasn't a solitary guess!

    Anyway, there are now & sorry, neither correct.

    ... its late here so will check in morning & provide clue(s) then.

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    Hmm, somewhat disappointed by the lack of any guesses, wilda** or not.. maybe I shouldn't have gone with another Scottish author 8)
    Thats clue one.

    The line appears in the 1st few pages of the book and is spoken by an intelligent machine to a cloned human.

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