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|television||California: Los Angeles||1988||Freeman, Judith. "Family Attractions " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1988); pg. 219.||"'That's where they filmed M*A*S*H*,' Evelyn said later, lifting her aviator sunglasses. 'That's supposed to be Korea.' " [More.]|
|television||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 11.||Pg. 11: "Terminator 2. 'Peewee's Playhouse.' Mario Brothers and Tetris on the Nintendo. Big Macs and the occasional furtive Marlboro. Astronomy. Friends. All that, on the one hand. "; Pg. 30: "She had always imagined hammer-copper roosters on the kitchen wall, a TV in the next room with 'Cheers' getting innocent laughs... "; Pg. 66: "It was the theme song from the old fifties situation comedy 'Ghost of a Chance' " (more elsewhere, e.g., pg. 82-83; this may not be a real show--something only made up by the author); Pg. 82: Father Knows Best; Gilligan's Island; CBS... the 'Spooky' character has taken a place in pop mythology comparable to 'Eddie Haskell' (Ken Osmond, Leave It to Beaver), 'Aunt Bee' (Frances Bavier, The Andy Griffith Show), and 'Hop Sing' (Victor Sen Yung, Bonanza). "; Pg. 84: CBS (also pg. 164, 168, 292, etc.); Pg. 96: Leave It to Beaver; Pg. 97: '60 Minutes'; Pg. 100: "...casting call for the Monkees' TV show... "|
|television||California: Los Angeles||1996||Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 187.||Pg. 187: PBS; Pg. 310: CBS; Ozzie Nelson; 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Pg. 311: The Flintstones|
|television||California: Los Angeles||1997||Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 144.||Pg. 144-145, people who have their handprints in the 'Walk of Fame' in the pavement in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre]: Harrison Ford; Eddie Murphy; Dick Van Dyke; Tom Cruise; George Lucas; Paul Newman|
|television||California: Los Angeles||2000||Vernon, David. "Couple Kills " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 389.||Pg. 389: the Today show; Pg. 390: The Mary Tyler Moore Show; pg. 393: "...his best French accent, something between Louis Jourdan and Pepe Le Pew... "; Pg. 396: Ed McMahon; Pg. 411: PBS; Pg. 412: "It is part Agnes de Mille, part In Living Color Fly-Girl, and part Million Dollar Movie voodoo rhapsody. "; Pg. 416: Green Acres|
|television||California: Los Angeles||2010||Simmons, Dan. "Flashback " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 173.||"'...CNN/LA has obtained official LAPD gun-camera vid footage of the shooting...' " [Also pg. 176-177, etc.]|
|television||California: Los Angeles||2038||Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 350.||"Unfortunately, territories often overlapped. A carefully engineered noir neighborhood might be superseded overnight by a surprise attack of 'I Love Lucy' followed by bitter reprisals of, say, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? in blocks previously devoted to 'Road Runner' cartoons. Everyone was young and beautiful and went around with snifters of early Eastwood, Monroe, Brando, or Dietrich in their bags, spouting bits of dialogue, striking poses. "|
|television||California: Orange County||2027||Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 137.||"'Best Hamlet ever filmed. Christopher Plummer as the Dane, shot by the BBC at Elsinore years ago.' "|
|television||California: San Francisco||1955||Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 29.||Pg. 29: NBC; Pg. 32: Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen; Pg. 33: Henry Morgan on the 'Gary Moore Show'; Pg. 37: ABC; Pg. 240: BBC|
|television||Colorado||1987||Willis, Connie. "Ado " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1988); pg. 115.||"The forecast on the Today show hadn't predicted any snow till Saturday... "|
|television||Colorado||1991||Simmons, Dan. Children of the Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1992); pg. 133.||Pg. 133: CBS Evening News; Pg. 175: CNN|
|television||Colorado||1991||Willis, Connie. "In the Late Cretaceous " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1991); pg. 307.|| "'...and Dr. Albertson's giving a lecture on 'The Impactization of Microscopic Fossils on Twentieth-Century Society.' '
'Which is what?'
'I have no idea. When I was in there, he was showing a videotape of The Land Before Time'
...'Well, then, how about a petition? We've got to do something, or we'll all be showing episodes of The Flintstones...' "
|television||Colorado||1993||Simmons, Dan. "Entropy's Bed at Midnight " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 9.||Pg. 9: Bill Cosby; Jonathan Winters; Pg. 14: M*A*S*H|
|television||Colorado: Boulder||1996||Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 57.||Pg. 57: "...a Three Stooges haircut... "; Pg. 58: "Friends was out, and soul work was in. "; Pg. 71: Barney; Pg. 205: Rush Limbaugh; David Letterman|
|television||Connecticut||1988||Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 190.|| "'...The parts of the brain that handle, like, breathing and heartbeat. The rest was like it'd been in a Bass-O-Matic.'
He grimaced at his misplaced levity, but the reference to the old 'Saturday Night Live' routine brought a quick smile to both their faces. "
|television||Ecuador||1986||Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 112.||Pg. 112: "By the end of March, King was able to release a passenger list headed by Mrs. Onassis, and followed by names almost as glamorous as hers--Dr. Henry Kissinger, Mick Jagger, Paloma Picasso, William F. Buckley, Jr., and of course Andrew MacIntosh, and Rudolf Nureyev and Walter Cronkite, and on and on. "; Pg. 114: "King had in his files a transcript of the Captain's performance on The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson. " [The transcript of the conversation between the ship's captain and Carson runs page 115-117.]; Pg. 130: The Tonight Show (also pg. 142); Good Morning America; Pg. 182: Cronkite|
|television||galaxy||1987||Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 10: The Doomed Planet. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 158.||"'...Now you sound just like an ABC news crew.' "|
|television||galaxy||1992||Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 185.||"So part of her sick feeling came from the sense that she had had all that time in an alien spacecraft of astounding technological design, and had spent most of it dozing in front of reruns of 'M*A*S*H' and 'Cagney and Lacey.' "|
|television||galaxy||2080||Effinger, George Alec. "One " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 320.||"The local PBS channel would have refused my membership. "|
|television||galaxy||2269||Cox, Greg. Assignment: Eternity (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 26.||"'I'd like to help you, Captain. I really would. But Mr. Seven . . . he works on a strictly need-to-know basis, you know? James-Bond style. For your eyes only, and all that. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. . . .' She shrugged her shoulders. 'I'm just along for the ride.' " [ "Mission Impossible " reference.]|
|television||galaxy||2269||Cox, Greg. Assignment: Eternity (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 182.||Pg. 182-183: "Squatting on a blue shag carpet, watching black-and-white images on TV, Rod Sterling intoning dourly against a background of flickering stars, Zorro on horseback, silhouetted against the night sky. "|
|television||galaxy||2375||Mack, David. "The Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia " in Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 381.|| "Lassie
Fictional canine character of a 20th-century Terran book, movie and television series. Lassie was a collie dog. "
|television||galaxy||4500||Felice, Cynthia. Downtime. New York: Bluejay International (1985); pg. 63.||"So Old Blue-eyes and Tonto are smart, but then, you're fond of them...' " [Apparent reference to The Lone Ranger. Many refs. to these, not in DB.]|
|television||Georgia, USA||1999||Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 122.||"'We've had two million hits on our Herod's web site. But did you hear Audrey Korda on Larry King Live last night?' "|
|television||Georgia: Atlanta||1988||Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 214.||Pg. 214: "The other networks were showing the same thing, as was CNN, but he found an old movie on Ted Turner's superstation. Colorized, unfortunately; Cary Grant was a strange shade of pink. Jay left it on anyway. "; Pg. 220: "A newsflash had banished Cary Grant from the television screen... "|
|television||Georgia: Atlanta||2050||Bova, Ben. "Tourist Sam " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998); pg. 209.||"'CNN, Atlanta, USA,' I said... 'News desk.' "|
|television||Gotham||1971||Robbins, Frank. "Marrige: Impossible " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Detective Comics #407, January 1971); pg. 86.||[The title of this story, "Marriage: Impossible ", is a reference to the TV series "Mission: Impossible "]|
|television||Grenada||2022||Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 162.|| "'...They make those little Grenadian Rastas look like Bill Cosby.'
'Who?' David broke in. 'You mean 'Bing' Cosby?' "
|television||Guatemala||1986||Harper, Leanne C. "Blood Rights " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 101.||Pg. 101: "'I'm Tom Peterson from NBC, Central American bureau...' "; Pg. 102: "'Maxine Chen, CBS...' "; Pg. 106: "...an hour-long special report on 60 Minutes. "|
|television||Hawaii||1994||Simmons, Dan. Fires of Eden. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1994); pg. 33.||Pg. 33: A Current Affair (also pg. 141); Pg. 53: CNN; Pg. 283: MTV; Pg. 295: General Hospital; Pg. 309: "The crash of surf to their left and flashing rocks reminded Eleanor of the opening of some old television shows . . . Magnum, P.I. "; Pg. 344: HBO|
|television||Illinois||1960||Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 65.||Pg. 65: "He could hear the music from the Free Show, now, bright and tinny: a Warner Brothers cartoon. "; Pg. 66: Gunsmoke (also pg. 193); PG. 162: "They had watched Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges... "|
|television||Illinois||1960||Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 195.||"The cartoon was over and his assistant was rushing to cue up the short subject--a 20th Century newsreel about the spread of Communism, narrated by Walter Cronkite... "|
|television||Illinois||1989||Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 58.||"...cartoons where no lesser personages than Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck sold war bonds... "|
|television||Illinois||1989||Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 72.||Pg. 72: "The Apollo program died young because it had poor production values and a banal script. After Apollo 11 everything looked like reruns. We couldn't compete with Days of Our Lives. "; Pg. 97: "Rockford Files "; James Garner; Pg. 142: James Garner; Pg. 145: Beverly Hillbillies|
|television||Israel||1996||Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 294.||Melrose Place T-shirt|
|television||Kansas||1989||Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 62.||Pg. 62: "I heard the red-haired man's laugh. It was the sort of laugh elicited by The Three Stooges and Wile E. Coyote. "; Pg. 78: "'Imagine the ratings he must be getting. Probably beating the hell out of the last episode of M*A*S*H.' " [Many other refs. to television shows, not in DB.]|
|television||Kondra||2050||Charnas, Suzy McKee. "Listening to Brahms " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 17.||[Year estimated.] "It seems that on their home planet the lizards have been fielding our various Earth transmission, both radio and TV, and they borrow freely from what they've found three. They are given native names, but if they feel like it later they take Earth-type names instead. Those on Captain Midnight's ship all have Earth-type names. " [Other refs., not all in DB.]|
|television||Korea||1997||Ing, Dean. Flying to Pieces. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1997); pg. 18.||"...like the time over Korea when one of the Mighty Mouse rockets fired from his own F-84 started doing slow rolls... The Mighty Mouse wasn't a smart munition... "|
|television||Limbo||1987||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 47: "My Heart for the Highlands ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Jan. 1987); pg. 4.||Roberto's thoughts: "What's the plan?... Okay, then--what would my hero, Thomas Magnum, do?!! Improvise spectacularly. Wish I had my Tigers baseball hat. "|
|television||Louisiana||1987||Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 77.||Pg. 77: Ripley's Believe it or Not!; Pg. 104: The Price is Right; Pg. 106: Bob Barker; Truth or Consequences|
|television||Luna||2050||Bova, Ben. Moonwar. New York: Avon Books (1998); pg. 226.|| "'...so Bam's tractor has churned up the newest tracks. Surface dirt is darkened by solar ultraviolet. New bootprints, new tractor marks, they uncover the brighter stuff underneath.'
'Shades of the Lone Ranger and his faithful Indian companion,' Edith muttered.
He knows so much, Edith thought, and there's so much he doesn't know. "
|television||Maine||1979||King, Stephen. Carrie. New York: Pocket Books (2000; c. 1974); pg. 19.||Pg. 19: Scooby Doo|
|television||Maryland||1994||Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Cradle. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 287.||"She had taped every segment of CBS news that had covered the North African entanglement... "|
|television||Massachusetts||1984||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 17: "Getaway! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (July 1984); pg. 17.||Sunspot: "Stop letting Jetstream control the match, Sam! You have a brain. Use it! Maneuver 7--the Magnum variation! " [Referring to a maneuver named after the character on "Magnum, P.I. "]|
|television||Massachusetts||1997||Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 18.||"Paige Guthrie was better known, if she was known at all, as Husk. 'With a name like that,' she commented once, 'I could go on American Gladiators,' but Sean had given her the name and she was stuck with it. "|
|television||Massachusetts||1997||Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997); pg. 169.||Pg. 169: "...before their classmates could switch to an old episode of Murphy Brown. "; Pg. 226: "Then they both laughed as though they had just caught on to a Jack Benny double-take. "|
|television||Massachusetts: Boston||1972||DuBois, Brendan. Resurrection Day. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1999); pg. 66.||"...he was watching the end of the Ronald Reagan Variety Hour on television... " [The author has mentioned this as a way of illustrating that Ronald Reagan did not become president in this alternative history, which diverged from mainstream history in 1962 when the Cold War escalated into nuclear war between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.]|
|television||Massachusetts: Boston||1972||DuBois, Brendan. Resurrection Day. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1999); pg. 107.||"He stood at the kitchen counter, the television set on, half listening to Gunsmoke, eating... "|
|television||Massachusetts: Nantucket||-1250 B.C.E.||Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 20.||Pg. 20: CNN; Pg. HBO Classics; Pg. 383: BBC; Pg. 409: Xena, Warrior Princess|
|television||Metropolis||1993||Stern, Roger. The Death and Life of Superman. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 39.||Pg. 39: "Harper was still mulling over his Lone Ranger-like adventure the night before. "; Pg. 98: CNN (also pg. 271, 405); Pg. 102: '...Gotta interrupt The Brave and the Bold for an alert... The soap fans are gonna hate that..' "; Pg. 142: Walter Cronkite|
|television||Mexico||1998||Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 16.||Baywatch|
|television||Minnesota||1991||Douglas, Carole Nelson. Seed Upon the Wind. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 123.||"The Woody Woodpecker crest of Rowan's hair bobbed in the distance. "|
|television||Missouri: St. Louis||1998||Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 33.||"'...And now--' The feeble fanfare from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show bleated from a tape deck near the front of the room... 'the moment we've all been waiting for...' "|
|television||Missouri: St. Louis||1998||Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 57.||"For an instant, he felt no movement. He recalled the cartoons where Wile E. Coyote would race off a desert cliff and tread air, foiled once more by the Road Runner; but inevitably, the poor idiot would plunge to the canyon floor into a puff of sand. "|
|television||Nevada||2024||Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 250.||"The military could call his creation Daffy Duck for all he cared; for him, Jade Lantern was Herbert, plain and simple. "|
|television||Nevada: Las Vegas||1992||Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 168.||"Where's . . . Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner? Even Homer Simpson. "|
|television||Nevada: Las Vegas||1992||Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 426.||"'Like the Flying Nun.' Religious order where you gotta dress weird. She could fly, remember?' "|
|television||Nevada: Las Vegas||2010||Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 25.||"He was talking to a man she didn't know: an upright military type of about seventy, dressed in a sports shirt and slacks straight out of Cheers circa 1987... "|
|television||New Jersey||1929||Waldrop, Howard. "Hoover's Men " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1988); pg. 100-101.||"He was watching his favorite program, The Clark Gable-Carole Lombard Show... Gable was unshaven; he'd apologized at the show's opening; he'd come over from the set where they were filming Margaret Mitchell's Mules in Horse's Harnesses to do the live show. They'd just started a sketch with Lombard carrying a bunch of boxes marked ANACONDA HAT COMPANY, asking Gable for directions to some street. " [A few other refs. to TV, and many refs. to radio.]|
|television||New Mexico||1998||Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 325.||Pg. 325: CNN; Pg. 331: Wile E. Coyote|
|television||New Mexico||2008||England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 22.||"'...the... gentleman in the Marvin Martian T-shirt is Dr. Matthew Gunnarson...' " [Marvin Martian, from the Bugs Bunny cartoons.]|
|television||New York||1971||Matheson, Richard. Bid Time Return. New York: Viking Press (1975); pg. 18.||"Got a job with ABC in New York after graduating, started to sell scripts in 1958... " [More about ABC, pg. 66.]|
|television||New York||1991||Kindya, K. A. "Ice Prince " in X-Men: Legends (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 209.||Wide World of Sports|
|television||New York||1997||Duane, Diane. X-Men: Empire's End. New York: Berkley (1998 softcover; 1st ed. 1997); pg. 80.|| "Hank threw her a glance. 'Two million channels and nothing on,' he said.
'You mean you still haven't found the cartoon Channel?' Wolverine said in an incredulous rumble. 'Maybe this really is a civilization after all.'
'Philistine,' the Beast said amiably. 'The Road Runner has lessons to teach us all. Cheerfulness. Persistence. The usefulness of loud noises in the face of one's enemies, or better still, behind their backs...' "
|television||New York||1997||Duane, Diane. X-Men: Empire's End. New York: Berkley (1998 softcover; 1st ed. 1997); pg. 98.||"Iceman looked around and chuckled. 'Didn't I see this on Get Smart once?' "|