Friday, March 14, 2014

Reader Friday: Alien Landing


You are an alien who has just landed. And you're holding a book (no, it's not a cook book). It's a book from Earth that impressed you, and you wanted to meet the author. Which book and which author? 

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  1. I would think Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would be mandatory in any alien school curriculum so I'm thinking I'd want to meet Douglas Adams. Or, Marvin the Paranoid Android.

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    1. I'm with Amanda! Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is exactly the book I'd expect an alien would have and love (assuming I was the alien:))

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  2. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

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  3. The Collected Dick Tracy by Chester Gould.

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  4. I like Amanda's pick. I can just imagine the alien in the picture saying to Adams (after he inserted his Babel Fish, of course) "How did you know?"

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  5. But, but . . . what if it is my lifelong dream to meet Paula Deen?

    Seriously, I'd have to go old school fangirl and say "The Stand" and Stephen King, unless Springsteen wants to put out a book quick, before my space ship lands.

    Terri

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  6. EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY, the novelization. :)

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  7. Rendezvous with Rama. We would have to revive Dr. Clarke.

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  8. "Good Omens," but I wouldn't be there to meet Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (although that's who I, a mere human, would love to meet.) As an alien, I'd want to meet Azriphale and Crowley, who are obviously very wise and powerful beings.

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    1. I must say, that is one of my favourites John, excellent!!

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  9. Who the hell is that creepy guy in the picture? Is it the same guy who played Lurch?

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  10. I just goggled Ted Cassidy...and yes, it is him. And NOW I get the cookbook reference, Jim. :)

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    1. Kris, I thought you were right, but for some reason this niggled at the back of my brain, so I did some "research." The actor is actually Richard Kiel and the pic is from The Twilight Zone episode "Kanamit." (Hence, the cookbook reference.) So, not Ted Cassidy (Lurch), but an actor of similar, uh, stature.

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  11. Based on the illustration, this particular alien would probably want a copy of Fowler's Illustrated Self-instructor in Phrenology.

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  12. Well, I'm stumped.

    However, I am going to check out Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

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  13. I would probably have "Traveling The Galaxy Like a Quaron Prince on Twenty DigiCreds A Day Without the Rozzers Being On Your Tail"

    By Z.B., PoTG, THaBT1, Gen.Imp.G

    And see if he could do some updates, cuz the pub on Dulcinex-5, Bonzer's Brisket Bistro, which is listed as a "really posh place, with a down to terra menu, and the best Martini's this side of the Horse's Head Nebula" was actually an old lady's house. A really old lady. Her name was Margaret, and she was a cannibal .... luckily all her teeth were missing and all she could do was gum our forearms a bit...messy but no real harm done I guess...and she did try to soften us up a bit with a fairly decent Long Island Iced Tea (or as she called it "all my liquor mixed up as a marinate").

    At any rate, while I don't expect my money back for the inaccurate guide (I only paid $1 for the book at a yard sale in Whitehorse Yukon while driving through in 1996) I really do want to know:

    1- is there an updated version,

    and

    2- just where do you get the best towels in the Galaxy?

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  14. I considered Amanda's choice: Hitchhiker's Guide. But it could be one of Pratchett's books, which he confused with a documentary. But I'm going to go with Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. He has a question about the theme.

    Basil, question number 3:

    Where's the closest saloon serving pangalactic gargleblasters?

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