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science fiction galaxy 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 30. "'So you're Catholic.'

'C.I.C., yes. You're using a term that's under ban. As I'm sure you know.'

'It makes no difference to me,' Herb Asher said. 'I have no involvement with the Church.'

'Maybe you'd like to borrow some C. S. Lewis.'

'No thanks.'

'This illness that I have,' Rybys said, 'is something that made me wonder about--' She paused. 'You have to experience everything in terms of the ultimate picture. As of itself my illness would seem to be evil, but it serves a higher purpose we can't see. Or can't see yet, anyhow.'

'That's why I don't read C. S. Lewis,' Herb Asher said.'

She glanced at him dispassionately. "

science fiction galaxy 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 32. "'I think what I'll lend you first,' Rybys said, 'is C. S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain. In that book he--'

'I read Out of the Silent Planet,' Asher said.

'Did you like it?'

'It was OK.'

Rybys said, 'And you should read The Screwtape Letters. I have two copies of that.'

To himself, Asher thought, 'Can't I just watch you slowly die, and learn about God from that? 'Look,' he said, 'I am Scientific Legate. The Party. You understand. That's my decision; that's the side I found. Pain and illness are something to be eradicated, not understood. There is no afterlife and there is no God, except maybe a freak ionospheric disturbance that's [screwing] up my equipment here on this... mountain...' "

science fiction galaxy 2151 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. By the Book (Enterprise). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 2. Pg. 1-2: "Cutler shook her head in amazement and stared down at her notes. She'd spent a week's worth of her off-duty hours designing this science-fiction role-playing game, trying to come up with good scenarios--and trying to remember the rules. None of the other three crew members had ever played an RPG before, but they wanted to give it a try if she acted as game master. And like a fool, she had agreed.

When she was a kid, Cutler and her friends had played role-playing games, one night after another, their computers linked into a network of make-believe, eating up hours, days, entire weekends with the flights of adventure and fantasy. But now she was dealing with three adults who had only heard of RPGs--and with only her memory for help. The ships' computers just couldn't be used for this kind of recreational activity.

So she had worked out details of a science-fiction role-playing game... " [Much more about this throughout novel, not in DB, pg. 1-12, 23-29, etc.]

science fiction galaxy 2151 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. By the Book (Enterprise). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 7. "Anderson just glowered as the others laughed. For the first time Cutler felt this might have a chance. She led Anderson through his next five rolls, giving his character charisma (another five), dexterity (a four), and luck (another five). She had decided to leave out all the skills relating to magic, since this game was science fiction, and that shortened the character rolling time considerably.

'You'll all start with zero experience points,' she said, 'but you'll acquire them as the game goes on.'

'I get how strength, dexterity, luck, and intelligence help,' Anderson said, 'but I'm not getting the charisma and the experience.' " [More.]

science fiction galaxy 2198 Panshin, Alexei. Rite of Passage. New York: Ace Books (1973; first ed. 1968); pg. 134. "We put on the suits. They were about as similar to the old-time pressure suits described in the novels I liked to read as the Ship is to that silly sailboat I once got so sick in. (In passing I wan to say that it used to strike me as odd the way nobody in the Ship wrote novels at all; nobody had for years and years and years, so that what I read dated from before the Population Wars. Right now I'm not even sure why I liked to read them. Most of them weren't very good by any objective standard. Escapism, maybe. . . .) "
science fiction galaxy 2269 Cox, Greg. Assignment: Eternity (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 34. "Yeah, that's me, Roberta thought. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. "
science fiction galaxy 2269 Cox, Greg. Assignment: Eternity (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 63. "She had seen movies like 'Fail-Safe' and 'Dr. Strangelove' and even 'Planet of the Apes,' all of which seemed to accept as given that humanity would inevitably destroy itself in a full-scale nuclear war. Yet here was Captain Kirk and his crew... "
science fiction galaxy 2269 Cox, Greg. Assignment: Eternity (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 176. Pg. 176: "'Let me get this straight,' she said. 'You want me to say yes to some sort of Martian ESP thing?' Images from dozens of old Sci-Fi Theater horror flicks raced through Roberta's memory: body snatchers and brain transplants and psychic, mind-controlled zombies. You know, the alien in The Brain Eaters even looked a bit like Mr. Spock. . . . "; Pg. 177: "Lord knows she'd read enough about strange alien beings with advanced mental abilities. The only problem was, she didn't know what book Seven had dropped her into here. Was this Stranger in a Strange Land or The Puppet Masters? "
science fiction galaxy 2367 Duane, Diane. Dark Mirror (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 185. "...a reprint of Glocken's The Stars out of Joint; various others--a book of Restoration poets, Sun Tzu's The Art of War in the long-lost Cordwainer Smith translation, along with Rouse's prose Iliad and Odyssey... a weary, broken-spined trade paperback of Little, Big; and so many others. . . . "
science fiction galaxy 2368 David, Peter. Imzadi (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1992); pg. 25. "'You mean parallel universes,' said Mary Mac. It was clear from the speed with which she picked up on what he was saying that it was something she'd already given thought.

'It's something that has been considered,' said Data. 'That parallel universes are, in fact, alternative time tracks. There was a fascinating paper done recently, expanding upon a notion expressed in, of all things, a newly recovered twentieth-century piece of fiction.'

'The Niven Doctrine,' Blair said. 'I was in the audience when it was presented. Shook up quite a few people.' "

science fiction galaxy 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Balance of Power (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 129. "'I thought you said these inventions were all . . . 'vaporware,' ' grumbled the Klingon, annoyed by Geordi's exuberance.

'They are! But they make wonderful science-fiction stories!' "

science fiction galaxy 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Fallen Heroes (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 157. "At maximum warp, the Thule or the Clifford Simak could be at the station in twenty-eight hours... " [A starship named after s.f. author Clifford Simak.]
science fiction galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Dafydd. The Final Fury (Star Trek: Voyager/Invasion! #4). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 121. "Dammit, there's a limit to Lovecraftian geometry! she [Janeway] insisted to herself. Evidently, the Furies disagreed. "
science fiction galaxy 2374 de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 191. Pg. 191: "'Haaaa haaa haa!' the nagus roared with laughter. 'It was one million and three! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The best known, of course, is never get involved in a land war on Vulcan. but only slightly less well known is this: Never go up against a Ferengi when money is on the line!' ";

Pg. 193-194: "The nagus was shaking his head. 'I, the nagus, outwitted. Inconceivable.'

'I do not think that word means what you think it does,' said Data. " [In these two passages, author Peter David recapitulates, with a few changes in wording, some famous lines from the film The Princess Bride, written by William Goldman based on his own novel.]

science fiction galaxy 2375 Mack, David. "The Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia " in Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 402. "Thallon
A disintegrated pile of rubble that was once the capital planet of the Thallonian Empire. It was never harmless. " [An oblique reference to Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, in which Earth is described as 'harmless', and later 'mostly harmless.']
science fiction galaxy 2375 Pellegrino, Charles & George Zebrowski. Dyson Sphere (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 199. [Larry Niven's Ringworld is discussed in this afterword to the novel.]
science fiction galaxy 2500 Leigh, Stephen. Dark Water's Embrace. New York: Avon (1998); pg. 128. "I don't know who first collapsed the words 'winged lizards' into 'wizards,' but it's certainly lent me a strange image whenever I read old fantasy novels "
science fiction galaxy 2555 Barton, William. Acts of Conscience. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 302. "'Look around. That tree over there, branches and leaves forming suggestive shadows against the sky. That's a wizard, isn't it? Gandalf the Gray come to save you? Or shall we run screaming from some creature of Cthulhu? "
science fiction galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 196. "'To oppose something is to maintain it,' James intoned.

'Is that traditional, ser?'

'No. LeGuin, anglo preimmortal writer who understood culture.' "

science fiction galaxy 3900 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Mercedes Lackey. Rediscovery. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 66. "You might, for instance, come down in a field, on an unexplored world, of carnivores--giant saurians, perhaps--who would think you looked just right for a light lunch. On the other hand, you might, according to a fallacious story current in the Empire, land on a nearly microscopic, or at any rate, Lilliputian race of beings, and wipe out a whole city's worth of the little things. Ysaye was not precisely certain of the origin of that one, but she suspected some prank-minded student of early Atomic Age literature, who had been rooting around in the old annals of 'pulp scientifiction' stories. It was too much like a rumor that had circulated before that one, of a giant who had appeared on one of the colony worlds, continuously shrinking, who had claimed that he was the victim of an experiment gone wrong... "
science fiction galaxy 4000 Vinge, Vernor. A Deepness in the Sky. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 240. "...with some sort of military force moving toward a nebulous goal. Even that had been a guess, based on the title: 'The Defeat of the Frenkisch Orc.' Now the figures were mostly complete, sturdy heroic fighters that glittered rainbows. Their goal was some kind of monster. The creature wasn't that novel, a typical Cthulhonic horror, tearing humans with its long claws and eating the pieces. Emergents made a big thing of their conquest of Frenk. "
science fiction Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 242. "Father Squid went to answer it and let in a tall black man who looked like a resurrectionist out of a Boris Karloff movie. Mr. Bones was old, thin, and gaunt. He wore a white shirt and an old black suit that was clean and neatly repaired, but much too short for his long, lanky limbs. "
science fiction Guatemala 1994 Harper, Leanne C. "Paths of Silence and of Night " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 150. "McCoy had been thinking of her as simply the Doctor Doolittle of Guatemala. "; Pg. 151: "McCoy began humming 'Talk to the Animals,' and she threw a nice, thorny branch at him. "
science fiction Hawaii 1994 Simmons, Dan. Fires of Eden. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1994); pg. 60. " a type set somewhere between that of Jurassic Park and The Flintstones... "
science fiction Helliconia 4000 Aldiss, Brian. Helliconia Spring. New York: Atheneum (1982); pg. 26-27. [Year estimated.] "These legends were kept alive by the sayer's guild, members of which stood on every stairway, or waited on terraces, and spun fantastic tales. In this world of nebulous gloom, words were like lights. "
science fiction Iceland 1945 Millar, Mark. Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. New York: Marvel Comics Group (2002) [Graphic novel reprint of The Ultimates #1-6]; pg. Chap. 1, pg. 16. "Where did they lay their hands on the Flash Gordon tech? "
science fiction Idaho 1950 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 215. "During all the business of getting grown up and married and settled and going through World War II, I struggled to educate myself. I began noticing there were new writers who fancied writing about rocket ships to Mars and invaders from outer space and traveling to other planets. At first I read them sort of secret and ashamed. Most of them I could tell were made-up stories, but there were some I thought could be true and some that sounded a lot like what had happened to me that cold December in Reddyville. "
science fiction Idaho 1964 Budrys, Algis (ed.) Writers of the Future: Volume III. Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1987). [Introduction to "Jacob's Ladder ", by M. Shayne Bell.]; pg. 18. [Factual information about the author in introduction to a short story.] "About the Author

Shayne Bell was born in 1957 in Rexburg, Idaho.

He grew up on the family ranch outside of town, and even before he could read, his mother was reading science fiction to him... Returning to the U.S.A., he continued to work on his writing skills while obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University. His Master's thesis was a collection of his own science fiction and fantasy short stories. "

science fiction Illinois 1928 Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine. New York: Bantam (1982; c. 1957); pg. 7. "'Books I read: four hundred. Matinees I seen: forty Buck Joneses, thirty Jack Hoxies, forty-five Tom Mixes, thirty-nine Hoot Hibsons, one hundred and ninety-two single and separate Felix-the-Cat cartoons, ten Douglas Fairbankses, eight repeats on Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera, four Milton Sillses, and one Adolph Menjou thing about love where I spent ninety hours... The Cat and the Canary or The Bat... "
science fiction Illinois 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "...who got out his Astounding and started to read. The newest Heinlein serial had ended the month before, but stories by Asimov, Robert Moore Williams, del Rey, Hubbard, and Clement were plenty to keep him entertained. "; Pg. 35, 42, 291: Astounding; Pg. 155: "...look like something halfway between real wounded soldiers and Boris Karloff as the Mummy. "; Pg. 316: "That struck him as somehow wrong; bug-eyed monsters weren't supposed to have troubles of their own. At least, they never did in the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials. "; Pg. 391: "In a pulp science-fiction story, it was easy enough to imagine something one day, create it the next, and use it the day after that. Reality was different, as he'd fond out time and time again at the Met Lab: nature usually proved less tractable than pulp writers made it out to be. "
science fiction Illinois 1960 Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "Dale would have brought one of his books from home to read--perhaps the Tarzan book he had left open on the kitchen table at noon when he went home for lunch, or perhaps one of the ACE double-novel science fiction books he was reading... "; 56: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow "; Pg. 73: "It had been Memo who had told Mike 'The Monkey's Paw' one Halloween when he was little, scaring him so badly that he'd needed a night-light for six months. "; Pg. 230: "...and they'd watched The Mummy's Revenge on the Saturday afternoon Creature Feature. "
science fiction Illinois 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 52. "'Did you make the models?' asked Baedecker. Shelves were filled with gray plastic dreadnoughts from Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica. Two large space shuttles hung from dark thread in a corner. "
science fiction India 1974 Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 140. "'Like in The Andromeda Strain,' Roberta said, nodding her head in understanding. She had seen that creepy super-germ movie the year before. In the film, an overzealous computer nearly triggered a thermonuclear blast in order to keep the titular Strain from escaping a significantly more fictional underground lab. Of course, if Seven's dire theories were correct, Kaur and her colleagues were already whipping up some sort of Chrysalis Strain.' "
science fiction Iowa 1760 Baxter, Stephen. Voyage. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 33. "In 1970, Ralph Gershon was twenty-five years old. He had grown up on a farm in Iowa, surrounded by near poverty and toil, dreaming of flight. As a kid he'd gone to Mars with Weinbaum and Clarke and Burroughs and Bradbury... "
science fiction Iowa 2010 Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978); pg. 13. "At the age of eleven Daniel developed a passion for ghosts also vampires, werewolves, mutated insects, and alien invaders... had discovered an entire carton filled with paperback collections of supernatural tales, tales of an artfulness and awfulness surpassing any known to him from the oral traditions of summer camp... "
science fiction Iowa 2010 Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978); pg. 14. "Months ago he'd exhausted the school library's meager resources--a ragged copy of thirteen tales by Poe and bowdlerised editions of Frankenstein and The War of the Worlds. Once he'd bicycled to Fort Dodge and back, forty miles each way, to see a double feature of old black-and-white horror movies. It was terrible, loving something so inaccessible, and all the more wonderful, therefore, when the long drought came to an end. "
science fiction Israel 1992 Pruett, Joe. "X-Men Movie Prequel: Magneto " in X-Men: Beginnings, Vol. 1. New York: Marvel Comics (2000); pg. 116. [Charles Xavier]: "'. . . so I firmly believe that this previously unknown gene in certain individuals' DNA--this mutation--will lead to a new subspecies of man--one with extraordinary abilities that, to this point, were considered the stuff of science fiction. A new stage of evolution is upon us.' "
science fiction Italy 1974 Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 56. Pg. 56: "He wore the same tweedy jacket as before, but had changed into a fresh T-shirt, this one featuring a brightly colored illustration of Astro Boy. "; Pg. 88: "...his voice several octaves lower than Lurch on The Addams Family. "; Pg. 152: "...these kids, no matter how stupendously smart and talented, were not, in fact, refugees from the Village of the Damned. "; Pg. 198: Rip Van Winkle
science fiction Japan 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 143. "But Aum does have a specific SF connection in the work of Isaac Asimov, whose Foundation series provided a crucial element of the Aum mythology. In Aum's version, Asahara takes on the role of Asimov's Hari Seldon, a genius who discovers the laws of 'psychohistory,' which predicts, infallibly, that 'interstellar wars will be endless. Interstellar trade will decay; population will decline; worlds will lose touch with the main body of the Galaxy.' The answer to this threat is a secret society of subsidiary geniuses to act as guardians of civilization's flame during the destined dark ages.

'The similarities [of Asimov's Foundation] to Aum and its guru's quest were remarkable,' note David Kaplan and Andrew Marshall, in an authoritative history of the cult. 'In an interview, Murai [one of Aum's inner circle] would state matter-of-factly that Aum was using the Foundation as the blueprint for the cult's long-term plans. "

science fiction Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 139. "The camera was at the center of the circle, and it tracked Buddy all the way around. Jupiter came in and out of view like an enormous striped UFO.

The woman had stepped away from the door to come closer to the TV. I flipped around the channels to show her that the same scene was on all of them.

'This is just a tape the motel is playing,' the woman said. 'It's a sci-fi smut flick, and any second now a naked space bimbo is going to show up.' "

science fiction Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 283. "We've seen too many replays of The Terminator on the big-screen Mitsubishis in the showroom. "
science fiction Louisiana 1987 Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 180. "I thought of Bread's favorite line from Conan. 'Do you want to live forever?' "
science fiction Louisiana: New Orleans 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 36. "Take Bergman's film Fanny and Alexander. Why, the dead just come walking in and talk to the living. And the same thing happened in Ironweed. In Cries and Whispers, didn't the dead just get up and talk? And there was some comedy out now, when you considered the lighter movies, it was happening with greater frequency. Take The Woman in White, with the little dead girl appearing in the bedroom of the little boy, and there was Julia with Mia Farrow being haunted by that dead child in London. " [More.]
science fiction Louisiana: New Orleans 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 42. "...right along with Frankenstein's monster or Dracula's laughter. Dr. Van Helsing was a most elegant guy, and there was the very Claud Rains who had played Caesar at the downtown theater now cackling madly as The Invisible Man. "
science fiction Louisiana: New Orleans 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 68. Pg. 68: "Take Ridley Scott's Alien for instance, where the little monster is born right out of the chest of a man, a squealing fetus who then retains its curious shape, even as it grows large, gorging itself upon human victims. "; Pg. 69: Eraserhead; The Kindred; Ghoulies; Leviathan; Invasion of the Body Snatchers; The Fly; Fly II; Pumpkinhead; The Thing; Rosemary's Baby; It's Alive; The Bride of Frankenstein
science fiction Luna 2017 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 405. "At a touch of the joystick, it tipped and squirted back and forth, like something out of The Jetsons. "
science fiction Maine 1966 King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 290. Pg. 290: "That's information. Remember that show The Prisoner? 'Number Six, we want . . . information' "; Pg. 328: "'--but you want information,' she said in a brusque Number Two voice. "; Pg. 523 [author's note]: "I've also taken chronological liberties, the most noticeable being my use of 'The Prisoner' two years before it actually telecast in the United States... " [The Prisoner also mentioned pg. 339, 341]
science fiction Mars 2005 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 108. "The door to the House of Usher [a reference to Edgar Alan Poe's work] creaked wide. A moist wind issued forth. There was an immense sighing and moaning, like a subterranean bellows breathing in the lost catacombs.

A rat pranced across the floor stones. Garrett, crying out, gave it a kick. It fell over, the rat did, and from its nylon fur streamed an incredible horde of metal fleas.

'Amazing!' Garrett bent to see.

An old witch sat in a niche, quivering her wax hands over some orange-and-blue-tarot cards. She jerked her head and hissed through her toothless mouth at Garrett, tapping her greasy cards.

'Death! she cried.

'Now that's the sort of thing I mean,' said Garrett. 'Deplorable!'

'I'll let you burn her personally.' "

science fiction Mars 2005 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 110. "Who was Pikes? Only the greatest of them all! Pikes, the man of ten thousand faces, a fury, a smoke, a blue fog, a white rain, a bat, a gargoyle, a monster, that was Pikes! Better than Lon Chaney, the father? Stendahl ruminated. Night after night he had watched Chaney in the old, old films. Yes, better than Chaney. Better than that other ancient mummer? What was his name? Karloff? Far better! Lugosi? The comparison was odious! No, there was only one Pikes, and he was a man stripped of his fantasies, now, no place on Earth to go, no one to show off to. Forbidden even to perform for himself before a mirror! "
science fiction Mars 2005 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 111. "The robots, clothed in hair of ape and white of rabbit, arose: Tweedledum following Tweedledee, Mock-Turtle, Dormouse, drowned bodies from the sea compounded of salt and whiteweed... pepper-elves, Tik-tok, Ruggedo, St. Nicholas with a self-made snow flurry blowing on before him, Bluebeard with whiskers like acetylene flame, and sulphur clouds from which green fir snouts protruded, and, in scaly and gigantic serpentine, a dragon with a furnace in its belly reeled out the door with a scream, a tick, a bellow, a silence, a rush, a wind. Ten thousand lids fell back. The clock shop moved out into Usher. The night was enchanted. "
science fiction Mars 2005 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 111. Pg. 111: More references to Poe's "House of Usher " and Rapunzel.; Pg. 115: "'Why, I remember that,' gasped the Investigator of Moral Climates. 'From the old forbidden books. The Premature Burial. And the others. The Pit, the Pendulum, and the ape, the chimney, the Murders in the Rue Morgue...' "; Pg. 116: Amontillado; Pg. 117: Poe; Pg. 118: The Red Death
science fiction Mars 2005 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 112. "Eminent, eminent people, one and all, members of the Society for the Prevention of Fantasy, advocates of the banishment of Halloween and Guy Fawkes, killers of bats, burners of books, bearers of torches; good clean citizens, every one, who had waited until the rough men had come up and buried the Martians and cleansed the cities and built the towns and repaired the highways and made everything safe. And then, with everything well on its way to Safety, the Spoil-Funs, the people with mercurochrome for blood and iodine-colored eyes, came now to set up their Moral Climates and dole out goodness to everyone. And they were his friends! Yes, carefully, carefully, he had met and befriended each of them on Earth in the last year! " [Many other refs. to fantasy literature in general, not in DB, but all specifically named works are thought to be mentioned in DB.]
science fiction Mars 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 87. "We found ourselves, like anthropologists in pursuit of a lost tribe, trying to reconstruct the Martians we'd never met from all available information, even from fiction. One old novel claimed that Martians shared water [Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land]; we knew they shared nothing. Another novel had them playing German batball; we found their game of preference to be softball. "
science fiction Mars 2100 Anthony, Piers. Hard Sell. Houston, TX: Tafford Publishing (1990); pg. 137. "'IF YOU WOULD PLUG IN SOME GOOD MURDER MYSTERIES FOR MY OFF HOURS,' she typed. 'IT DOES GET DULL WITH NO LIVING BODY. . . .'

'Right away! Exunt cried. 'I'm a gothics fan myself! I'll bring you mysteries, historicals, science fiction--'


science fiction Mars 2200 Aldiss, Brian. "A Whiter Mars " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001; c. 1995); pg. 221. "Ah, yes, terraforming! That word and concept coined by a SF writer, by name Jack Williamson. How alluring and advanced it was when first coined. It was another of those ideas which took root easily in the fertile soil of the human mind. " [Entire story is pretty much about terraforming.]
science fiction Maryland 2026 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 88. "His tastes had run to Nora Roberts, The Bridges of Madison County, and endless volumes of Tim LaHaye. My father contributed the ancient Tom Clancy novels and Stranger Than Science... "
science fiction Maryland: Baltimore 2000 Park, Severna. "The Peaceable Kingdom " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 349. "He was holding a gun that was almost as long as his body, festooned with scopes and gadgets, like something out of a Terminator movie. He swung the gun up in an easy motion and aimed it right at Hamilton. "
science fiction Massachusetts 1997 Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 89. "...Walter sludged through the workshop, gathering up what seemed to be disparate pieces of old electronic gadgets: an oscilloscope, a voltmeter, a length of telephone wire, a defunct Packard Bell laser printer..., heart pads that looked like some nightmare device out of Flatliners, some arcane hand tools. It was boy heaven in here. Walter considered moving in.

He sat down and began disassembling the printer.

Sean left Walter alone with the toys that only a young Victor Frankenstein could love. "

science fiction Massachusetts 1997 Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 253. "Then Jono shook off the hypnotic gaze.

He had no mouth and he needed to scream. " [A reference to Harlan Ellison's classic story 'I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream']

science fiction Massachusetts 1997 Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 109. "'Sounds like the robot on bleedin' Lost in Space,' he had complained to Paige, who had giggled. "
science fiction Massachusetts: Boston 1997 Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 161. "It got to be evening very quickly in Harvard Square. There was an old parking garage on John F. Kennedy Street around the corner that some enterprising developers bought and converted into an shopping mall called, aptly enough, the Garage Mall. In a science fiction bookstore in the Garage called Pandemonium, Angelo bought Amanda a book.

'I love this guy,' she said, pointing at a short story collection by Orson Scott Card, so he bought her the book. Looking at the table of contents, she pointed to 'Unaccompanied Sonata.' 'I never read this short story before. It must be new.'

'No it's not,' Everett looked over LaWanda's shoulder. 'It's pretty old. It's a great story.'

This prompted a lengthy discussion of the relative merits of Card as they walked out onto JFK Street and headed back toward Harvard Square. As Angelo and Everett went back and forth as to what, exactly, the story was about (Angelo thought politics, Everett thought music)... "

science fiction Massachusetts: Boston 1997 Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 165. "Everett twitched his nose back and forth like Samantha the witch [from television show Bewitched], and he loosened the skin around his nose like Skin did sometimes, and suddenly he looked like the Wicked Witch of the West [from The Wizard of Oz]. "
science fiction Massachusetts: Boston 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 97. "Trip's bedside cabinet held furled copies of Guideposts, The Screwtape Letters, a Dorothy Sayers mystery, an Isabel Allende novel, a tiny book of Meditations. "
science fiction Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 70. "'I wanted to be a science fiction writer myself,' he said. 'I even wrote a few books--fantasy really, under a pen name. Then there was this car accident, my wife was killed . . .' " [More, pg. 70-71.]
science fiction Metropolis 2019 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 14. "Some sort of flying craft three stories high hung partly in and partly out of the sixth floor... Later, I realized it was actually the remains of the statue of Odysseus that had stood in the nearby square for decades, all twisted and stretched so it reminded me of some weird science-fiction artifact. "

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