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|science fiction||California: Los Angeles||1997||Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 112.|| "Regardless of which way they leaned, any out-and-out SF fans or space buffs had to be disqualified, hence these questions:
What's the name of Mr. Spock's father?
Do you know what the initials SETI stand for?
Have you ever attended a science-fiction convention?
Have you ever seen a UFO? "
|science fiction||California: Los Angeles||1997||Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 230.|| "'...What do you know about Alpha Centauri?'
'That's where the Robinsons were headed in Lost in Space,' said Dale. "
|science fiction||California: Los Angeles||2040||Willis, Connie. Remake. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 10.|| "'...looking for a face for my new project,' he was saying. The new project was a remake of Back to the Future starring, natch, River Phoenix. 'It's a perfect time to rerelease,' he said, leaning down the Marilyn's halter top. 'They say we're this close... to the real thing.'
'The real thing?... You mean time travel?'
'I mean time travel. Only it won't be in a DeLorean. It'll be in a time machine that looks like the skids...' " [There are references to science fiction films throughout this book. See 'movies' category for others.]
|science fiction||California: Oakland||1971||Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 4.||Pg. 3: "I am Horselover Fat, and I am writing this in the third person to gain much-needed objectivity. "; Pg. 4: "I am, by profession, a science fiction writer. I deal in fantasies. My life is a fantasy. Nonetheless, Gloria Knudson lies in a box in Modesto, California. " [The main character of this novel, which is written almost entirely in the third person, is 'Horselover Fat', which is a transparent surrogate for the Philip K. Dick himself. Although Valis is a work of fiction, it is probably PKD's most autobiographical novel.]|
|science fiction||California: Oakland||1971||Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 20.|| "'Then why did she get well?' I asked. 'Did she subconsciously want to get well?'
David looked perplexed. If he consigned her illness to her own mind he was stuck with having to consign her remission to mundane and not supernatural causes. God had nothing to do with it.
'What C. S. Lewis would say,' David began, which at once angered Fat, who was present. It maddened him when David turned to C. S. Lewis to bolster his straight-down-the-pipe orthodoxy. " [More about science fiction writer and theological writer C. S. Lewis, pg. 20-21.]
|science fiction||California: Orange County||2065||Robinson, Kim Stanley. Pacific Edge. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 94.||"Something like that. Ah yes--the vibrant author's journal in The Einstein Intersection, young mind speaking to young mind, brilliant flashes of light in the head. No doubt my image of Europe owes much to it. But what I've found . . . could half a century have changed that much? History, change--rate constants, sure. It feels so much as if things are accelerating... Punctuated equilibrium, without the equilibrium. Hey, Mr. Delany, here I am in Europe writing a book too!... What happened, Mr. Delany?... How come when I consider revisions it's not 'change Kid Death's hair from black to red' but 'throw out the first draft and start the whole thing over'? " [More, including quotes from Samuel R. Delany's The Einstein Intersection]|
|science fiction||California: Orange County||2065||Robinson, Kim Stanley. Pacific Edge. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 269.|| "Dear Claire:
. . . My living room is coming together... the fireplace, with a bookstand set beside it, piled high with beautiful volumes of thought. Currently I have a stack of 'California writers' there, as I struggle to understand this place I have moved to--to cut through the legends and stereotypes, and get to the locals' view of things. Mary Austin, Jack London, Frank Norris, John Muir, Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Ursula Le Guin, Cecilia Holland, some others . . . "
|science fiction||California: Pasadena||2011||Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 137.||"Well, today the big old auditorium was crowded again, almost like the old days, mission managers and scientists and politicians and a few aging sci fi writers, all crammed in among the softscreen terminals. "|
|science fiction||California: Sacramento||1997||Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. vii.||Pg. vii: "AUTHOR'S NOTE
I'm a big fan of the science fiction genre and have been for most of my life. As a young child growing up in Sacramento, California, I would spend countless hours on my bed in my room or under a tree in the backyard.. losing myself in the fantastic worlds that had been crafted by the masters in the field. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Bova and others held me firmly in their spells... " [More.] Pg. viii: "It is an essential part of our process as human beings that we continually strive toward our own highest level of expression. Science fiction literature has and will continue to provide necessary inspiration for us as we navigate the never-ending journey of self-discovery. I am extremely proud to add my voice to what is an already proud and noble tradition. "
|science fiction||California: San Diego||1979||King, Stephen. Carrie. New York: Pocket Books (2000; c. 1974); pg. 21.||"...her face takes on an odd, pinched look that is more like Lovecraft out of Arkham than Kerouac out of Southern Cal. "|
|science fiction||California: San Diego||2055||Dick, Philip K. Now Wait for Last Year. New York: Manor Books (1976); pg. 31.||"'I'll trade you a big-little book for it,' Virgil said as he produced his key and unlocked the front door of the building. 'How about Buck Rogers and the Doom Comet? That's real keen.' "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1955||Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 45.||"...a number of recent copies of his science fiction magazine, Phantasmagoria. "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1955||Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 66.||"Standing up in the corner were printer's dummies, titled Phantasmagoria in huge Gothic type. "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1955||Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 101.||"'A p-p-printer,' he said. 'Hey, when we get back you want to see the dummies for our science fiction mag? It's called Phantasmagoria. Ferde Heinke's president of the fan club. It's called the Beings from Earth.' " [More, pg. 169.]|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1955||Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 170.||"'It looks like a Martian,' Heinke said. 'Or like Abe Merritt's 'The Metal Monster.' I have that in the original edition; it was published in the October 1927 issue of Science and Invention under the title 'The Metal Emperor.' ' "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1955||Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 172.|| "Seated behind the wheel, Joe Mantila began to read the manuscript:
'THE PEEPING MAN'
Col. Throckmorton's glance turned involuntarily in the direction of the triple-locked chamber around which arme dsoldiers in uniform with blasters kept a 24 hour vigil. No man had gone into that room. Earth's last hope was in that room. And the door was sealed. " [This faux story-within-a-story continues uninterupted, pg. 172 to 176.]
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 3.||Pg. 3: "...novelizing the TV program 'Weird Underground,' so that the mob of viewers could also read, if they wanted to, something like the melange of witchcraft, Watergate, and puppy love they watched on the tube. "; Pg. 24: "He had added the bit about Time clearing her throat to Weird Underground #7, sealed the manuscript in its envelope, and mailed it. " [Many refs. to 'Weird Underground', and the novelizations.]|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 4.||"...there stretched out a long, colorful scatter of magazines, science-fiction paperbacks, a few hardcover detective novels... " [Other refs. not in DB.]|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 63.||Pg. 63: "...he'd thought of a line from Lovecraft's story, 'The Haunter of the Dark,' where the watcher of another ill-omened hill... "; Pg. 64: "...Lovecraft's The Outsider and the Collected Ghost Stories of Montague Rhodes James, and also several yellowed old copies of Weird Tales... containing stories by Clark Ashton Smith... "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 67.||"Then his face grew intent gain. The 'Howard' in the entry had to be Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the twentieth-century puritanic Poe from Providence, with his regrettable but undeniable loathing of the immigrant swarms he felt were threatening the traditions and monuments of his beloved New England and the whole Eastern seaboard. (And hadn't Lovecraft done some ghost-writing for a man with a name like Castries? Caster? Carswell?) He and Smith had been close friends by correspondence. While the mention of a Black Pythagoras was pretty well enough by itself to prove that the keeper of the journal had read de Castries's book. And those references to a Hermetic Order and a Grand Cipher (or Fifty-Book) teased the imagination. " [More about Lovecraft, pg. 101, 167.]|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 83.||"He perversely wondered what gay sprayed graffiti would have done to the eerie rock-crowned hills in Lovecraft's 'Whispered in Darkness' and 'Dunwich Horror' or 'At the Mountains of Madness,' where the hills were Everests, or Leiber's 'A Bit of the Dark World,' for that matter. "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 102.||"'And of course he found them! Promethean (and Dionysian) Jack London. George Sterling, fantasy poet and romantic idol, favorite of the wealthy Bohemian Club set... Ambrose Bierce, a bitter, becaped old eagle of a man himself with his Devil's Dictionary and matchlessly terse horror tales. "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 112.||"'...Jack London was a Marxist socialist from way back and had written his way through a violent class war in his science-fiction novel The Iron Heel...' " [More.]|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 116.||"'You know, Franz, I've always been impressed by how in London's last great novel, The Star Rover, mind triumphs completely over matter. By frightfully intense, self-discipline, a lifer at San Quentin is enabled to escape in spirit through the thick walls of his prison house and move at will through the world and relive his past reincarnations, redie his deaths. Somehow that makes me think of old Castries in the 1920s, living alone in downtown cheap hotels and brooding...' "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1977||Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 131.||"...thinking in a flash of the binoculars in James's ghost story 'A View from a Hill' that had been magicked to see the past by being filled with a black fluid from boiled bones that had oozed out nastily when they were broken. "|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||1996||Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 148.|| "The old man gestured with a bony hand for the letter. Once he had it, he skimmed its text. ' 'Bioethics,' ' he said contemptuously. 'And 'the human side of the equation.' ' He harrumphed. 'At least he didn't mention Brave New World.'
'Yes, he did. That's what the bit about 'Huxleyian nightmare' refers to.'
'Tell him to go to hell,' said Danielson... "
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||2015||Russo, Richard Paul. Subterranean Gallery. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 254.||"The old standbys were well represented--Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Flies, Ulysses,... Slaughterhouse-5, To Kill a Mockingbird--but there were others as well, some of which he knew, some of which he'd never hear of before--Dhalgren, The Awakening, Journey to the End of the Night, Going to Neon, The Dead Father, Zoning Assault..., The Female Man, Charred Remains, The Atrocity Exhibition. " [Some of these are s.f. books.]|
|science fiction||California: San Francisco||2046||Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 11.||"Dear Nelly, I thought you'd be interested in... Of course, there are all kinds of love--it's a pretty wide-open field. And it's always evolving, isn't it? Just like we are. Talk about the science fiction of the heart! "|
|science fiction||Colorado||1988||Simmons, Dan. "Metastasis " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 166.||"'Remember in The Thing? Figure out what kills it and rig it up.' "|
|science fiction||Colorado||1993||Simmons, Dan. "Entropy's Bed at Midnight " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 10.||Pg. 10: Casper; Pg. 11: "..a nervous mouth, long, twitchy fingers, and Ichabod Crane-ish feet in polished Florsheims. "|
|science fiction||Colorado||2000||Bishop, Michael. "A Gift from the GrayLanders " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 72.||[Year estimated.] "On his cousin's black-and-white TV set, Cory had seen an old movie serial about a strange planet. Some of the planet's people lived underground, and they could step into or out of the walls of rock that tied together a maze of tunnels beneath the planet's surface. They moved through dirt and rock the way that a little boy like Cory could move through water in summer or loose snow in winter. The brave, blond hero of the serial called these creatures the Clay People, a name that fit them almost perfectly, because they looked like monsters slapped together out of wet mud and then put out into the sun to dry. Every time they came limping into view with that tinny movie-serial music rum-tum-tumping away in the background they gave Cory a bad case of the shivers. " [Some other refs. to this show, not in DB.]|
|science fiction||Colorado||2000||Bishop, Michael. "A Gift from the GrayLanders " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 78.||"A moment or two later, Uncle Martin came storming down the steps in a pair of rope-soled boots that made the whole unfinished structure tremble like a medieval assault tower in an old Tyrone Power movie. "|
|science fiction||Colorado: Boulder||1996||Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 54.|| "There was a big display up front for Faerie Encounters of the Fourth Kind.
I went upstairs to the kids' section and more fairies: The Flower Fairies (which had been a fad once before, back in the 1910s); Fairies, Fairies Everywhere; More Fairies, Fairies Everywhere; and The Land of Faerie Fun. Also Batman books, Lion King books, Power Rangers books, and Barbie books. "
|science fiction||Connecticut||1960||King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 21.||Pg. 21: "Bobby... read a couple of old Superman comics... "; Pg. 22: "He had two new books to read, a Perry Mason called The Case of the Velvet Claws and a science-fiction novel by Clifford Simak called Ring Around the Sun. Both looked totally ripsh--, and Miss Harrington hadn't given him a hard time at all. On the contrary: she told him he was reading above his level and to keep it up. "; Pg. 25-26: "The Clifford Simak novel he held longer...
Ted returned Bobby's copy of Ring Around the Sun. 'In this book,' he said, 'Mr. Simak postulates the idea that there are a number of worlds like ours. Not other planets but other Earths, parallel Earths, in a kind of ring around the sun. A fascinating idea.'
'Yeah,' Bobby said. He knew about parallel worlds from other books. From the comics, as well. " [Many more refs. to science fiction reading in this book, some not in DB, but most refs. are thought to be mentioned in DB.]
|science fiction||Connecticut||1960||King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 37.|| "the Lord of the Flies was a hell of a book, maybe the best he'd ever read...
'What's it about?'
'Boys marooned on an island. Their ship gets sunk. I think it's supposed to be after World War III or something. The guy who wrote it never says for sure.'
'So it's science fiction.'
'Yeah,' Bobby said. He thought Lord of the Flies was about as far from Ring Around the Sun as you could get, but his mom hated science fiction, and if anything would stop her potentially dangerous thumbing, that would. " [Other references to Lord of the Flies in book, not all in DB.]
|science fiction||Connecticut||1960||King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 65.||"Bobby felt there were a billion science-fiction novels alone in the adult section that he wanted to read. Take Isaac Asimov, for instance... "|
|science fiction||Connecticut||1960||King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 116.||Pg. 116: Flash Gordon mentioned. Pg. 118: "Village of the Damned was the greatest movie of Bobby Garfield's childhood... " [Pg. 119 also]; Pg. 119: Lord of the Flies [also pg. 121, 157]; Pg. 120: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (movie); Pg. 122: The Day of the Triffids; The Kraken Wakes; John Wyndham; "'...One nice thing about science-fiction and mystery writers is that they rarely dither five years between books. That is the prerogative of serious writers who drink whiskey and have affairs.' "; Pg. 156: Cosmic Engineers, by Simak [also pg. 225]; The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen; The Inheritors by William Golding; Pg. 166: H. G. Wells's The Time Machine; The Exorcist (novel)|
|science fiction||Connecticut||1988||Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 21.||"He'd claimed the top of the Greeley house as his own, creating there a maze of computer equipment, science fiction paperbacks, and comic books... "|
|science fiction||Connecticut||1988||Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 22.||"...to display his own artistry. It amounted to several dozen sketchbooks, eight-and-a-half-by-eleven pages crammed with badly muscled barbarians doing gory things to an increasingly disgusting array of demons and dragons. And, occasionally, what passes as Doug Junior's renditions of beautiful women. " [Some other refs. to generic s.f./fantasy in novel, not in DB unless mentioned by name.]|
|science fiction||Connecticut||1999||King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 479.||"...but the rehab librarian had given him The Sun Also Rises and Sully had read it avidly, not once but three times. Back then it had seemed very important--as important as that book Lord of the Flies had been to Bobby when they were kids... "|
|science fiction||Cuba||1942||Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 69.||"'You might already know her as Ingrid Bergman, Mr. Lucas. Rage in Heaven? Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Soon to be in... Tangiers?' "|
|science fiction||Darkover||4012||Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Shadow Matrix. New York: DAW Books (1997); pg. 3.||"...and were met by Duncan MacLeod, who was in charge of the stables but did duty as coridom as well. He was a grizzled fellow, his face weathered, and his eyes sharp with suspicion. " [Character has the same name as the title character from "The Highlander " TV series. Other refs. to this character, not in DB.]|
|science fiction||Darwath||1996||Hambly, Barbara. Mother of Winter. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 14.|| "'Asimov wrote a story like that,' she said.
' 'Nightfall.' ' Ingold paused to smile back at her. 'Yes.'
...Gil had gained quite a reputation among the Guards as a spinner of tales, passing along to them recycled Kipling and Dickens, Austen and Heinlein, Doyle and Heyer and Coles... "
|science fiction||Darwath||1996||Hambly, Barbara. Mother of Winter. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 89.||"...like an enormous lobster or a Roger Corman-sized crab. "|
|science fiction||Darwath||1998||Hambly, Barbara. Icefalcon's Quest. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 271.||"Rudy, he recalled, had told a tale once, of a king stranded for twenty years on a desert island inhabited by two magical spirits and of the man who came to find him and fall in love with his daughter. 'Cool, punk,' Gil had said. 'I didn't know you'd ever read The Tempest.' 'What tempest?' Rudy had replied, startled. 'I'm talking about Forbidden Planet.' "|
|science fiction||Diaspar||1000000000||Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 10.||"Why, for example, did he not fit into the sagas? Of all the thousands of forms of recreation in the city, these were the most popular. When you entered a saga, you were not merely a passive observer... You were an active participant... No one could ever exhaust all the sagas that had been conceived and recorded since the city began. They played upon all the emotions and were of infinitely varying subtlety. Some--those popular among the very young--were uncomplicated dramas of adventure and discovery. Others were purely explorations of psychological states, while others again were exercises in logic or mathematics which could provide the keenest of delights to more sophisticated minds. "|
|science fiction||Egypt||1986||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 34: "With a Little Bit of Luck! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec. 1985); pg. 10.||Illyana: "Let's hope the rest of this crazy caper goes as easily. "; Warlock: "Query: FriendIllyana approves of self's disguise? "; Illyana: "Welll--'E.T.'s' was better, but it'll do. " [Referring to the film 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.']|
|science fiction||Egypt||1986||Gerstner-Miller, Gail. "Down by the Nile " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 160.||"Father Squid, the kindly pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ, Joker, made Hiram look almost svelte. He was as tall as a normal man and twice as broad. His face was round and gray... He always reminded her of one of Lovecraft's fictional Deep Ones, but he was actually much nicer. "|
|science fiction||Europe||1918||Newman, Kim. The Bloody Red Baron. New York: Carroll & Graf (1995); pg. 116.||"'Dr Moreau, you will probably remember me. My name is Charles Beauregard. We met once, many years ago, in the laboratory of Dr Henry Jekyll.' " [More.]|
|science fiction||Europe||1996||Knight, Damon. Humpty Dumpty: An Oval. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 75.||Pg. 75: "When I came back, my neighbor was reading a Clive Barker novel, the two fat people were reading Die Zeit... "; Pg. 91: "There's something like that in Chesterton's Man Who Was Thursday, too, but this wasn't a face, it was a planet. "|
|science fiction||Florida||2015||Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 21.||"Barbara Katz, self-styled Girl Adventurer and long-time science fiction fan, faded back across the lawn, away from the street-globes and the Palm Beach policeman's flashlight, and slipped behind the thick jagged bole of a cabbage palmetto before the cold bright beam swung her way. She thanked Mentor, her science-fiction god, that the long-hoarded, thirty-inch nylon foot-gloves she was wearing below her black playsuit were black, too... "|
|science fiction||Florida||2015||Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 299.||"In the stormlashed sea somewhere near Florida... Barbara Katz cried out form the cockpit of the 'Albatross'...: 'Thrilling Wonder Stories! Oh, but it's beautiful,'... "|
|science fiction||France||2010||Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 11.|| "'Scene One, Act One of Night of the Living Dead.' Gordon whispered, even though he couldn't hear himself talk, even though he knew he was four hundred and fifty miles away.
He trundled on nervously, knowing where there was one gas victim, there were bound to be more... All of Bagneres-de-Luchon was there. The Arab National Army had obviously marched them into the flower-bedecked meadow. And the people had stood and waited, wondering what would come next.
Death had. Only a few, it seemed, had figured out the mystery early enough and tried to flee the helicopter's spray. They lay on the road, they hung over fences, they sprawled loose-limbed in the sweet grass of the roadside ditch. A yellow hound was feeding on a body.
'Woa. Stephen King does France,' Gordon whispered. "
|science fiction||France||2010||Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 121.||"'Ain't we gonna see some sh-- fly now!' Gordon howled. 'This is the [expletive] Day the Earth Stood Still! This is [profanity] Arabs Versus the flying Saucers!' "|
|science fiction||Gaea||2025||Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 105.|| "Bill considered that for a moment. 'Do you think that's possible? Something in one of the fruits?'
'Huh? You've been reading too much sci-fi, Bill.'
'Listen, you don't knock my reading habits and I won't knock your old black and white flat films.'
'But that's art. Never mind. I guess it's possible we've eaten something that tranquilizes...' "
|science fiction||Gaea||2025||Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 118.|| "Both Cirocco and Bill looked up at Calvin's mention of giant worms.
'I never did see the whole thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's twenty kilometers long. It's just a big, long tube, with a hole at both ends as wide as the whole damn worm. It's segmented, and the body looks hard, like an armadillo shell. It's got a mouth like a buzz saw, teeth on the inside and the outside both... We watched it one of those times.'
There was a worm like that in a book,' Bill said.
'A movie, too,' Cirocco said. 'It was called Dune.'
Calvin seemed annoyed at the interruption, and glanced up to see if the blimp was still close.
'Anyway,' he said, 'I wondered if that worm might be what's giving Mnemosyne such a bad time...' "
|science fiction||Gaea||2025||Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 302.||"'A 'Wizard,' she called it. She tends to the romantic. You'd probably like her; she likes science fiction, too.' "|
|science fiction||Gaea||2025||Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 126-127.|| "Bill, who had read a great deal of science fiction, could make a dozen theories about any aspect of Gaea. He was partial to the ever-reliable plague mutation: something that came out of nowhere and killed enough builders to leave Gaea in the hands of automatic safety devices.
'She's a derelict, I'll bet on it,' he told them. 'Just like the ship from Heinlein's Orphans in the Sky. A lot of people set out in Gaea thousands of years ago and lost control on the way. The ship's computer put it in orbit around Saturn, shut down the engines, and is still up there keeping the air pumping and waiting for more orders.' "
|science fiction||Gaia||2046||Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 60.|| "On Earth, the Great World-Master had been forced to turn back by his troops, had fallen sick in another location and died in Babylon . . . And there, Patrikia had told her, was the juncture where their two worlds had separated.
Rhita often thought of writing fantastic novels of that other Earth, what her grandmother would have called romances. Perhaps in time she would; she favored literature when she wasn't deep in her studies of physics and math. "
|science fiction||galaxy||1943||Lewis, C.S. Perelandra. New York: Simon & Schuster (1996; c. 1943); pg. 81.||"He was a man obsessed with the idea which is at this moment circulating all over our planet in obscure works of 'scientification,' in little Interplanetary Societies and Rocketry Clubs, and between the covers of monstrous magazines, ignored or mocked by the intellectuals, but ready, if ever the power is put into its hands, to open a new chapter of misery for the universe. It is the idea that humanity, having now sufficiently corrupted the planet where it arise, must at all costs contrive to seed itself over a larger area: that the vast astronomical distances which are God's quarantine regulations, must somehow be overcome. "|
|science fiction||galaxy||2080||McGarry, Mark J. "Acts of Love " in The Edge of Space. New York: Elsevier/Nelson Books (1979); pg. 205.||A planet named Stapledon, apparently named for the s.f. author.|
|science fiction||galaxy||2100||Bear, Greg. Anvil of Stars. New York: Warner Books (1992); pg. 4.||"Christened Dawn Treader by the children at the outset of their voyage, the ship resembled... " [Name borrowed from Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This name is referred to throughout the novel.]|
|science fiction||galaxy||2100||Bear, Greg. Anvil of Stars. New York: Warner Books (1992); pg. 283.|| "'Many Smells [an alien] watched some of our movies. We tried to interpret for him.'
'The Longest Day,' Giacomo said. 'Ben-Hur. Patton. He was particularly confused by The Godfather and Star Wars. Jennifer tried to explain The Forever War. He was pretty quiet afterward, and he didn't smell like much of anything.' " [Forever War refers to a predicted movie based on Haldeman's classic novel.]
|science fiction||galaxy||2100||Varley, John. "The Pusher " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 258-260.||"Instead, he cribbed from every fairy tale and fantasy story he could find... It was a wonderful tale he told. It had enchanted castles sitting on mountains of glass, moist caverns beneath the sea, fleets of starships and shining riders astride horses that flew the galaxy. There were evil alien creatures, and others with much good in them. There were drugged potions. Scaled beasts roared out of hyperspace to devour planets... '...This Sorcerer was a dangerous man. One time when someone insulted him he made a spell that turned everyone's heads backwards... Some felt the Sorcerer had held out hope that the Princess might yet live on...' " [Much more, not in DB, about this fantasy/s.f. story told to a child.]|
|science fiction||galaxy||2110||May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 34.||"The day came at last when he could stand at the dock at Bedford Starport and admire the quarter-klom sleekness of CSS Wolverton Mountain, rejoicing that she was his own. " [Wolverton Mountain mentioned elsewhere pg. 34-35. Given the date of this book's publication, it is unlikely that this mountain is named after s.f. author Dave Wolverton.]|
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