Thursday: “Execution by defenestration, my child, is a particularly human act.” Randall Garrett. Context?

From “A Matter of Gravity” in Lord Darcy Investigates. Not the Pride and Prejudice Darcy, but Lord Darcy, Chief Criminal Investigator for His Highness the Duke of Normandy, brother of King John of England. Supposedly in our own time, but in a universe where King Richard I survived his injuries at the Siege of Chaluz—and where the laws of magic, rather than science, were discovered and codified.

Friday: “No world is satisfactory unless the parts are equal to the whole.” Henry Kuttner. Context?

From “Gallagher Plus” originally published in 1943 and reprinted in Robots Have No Tails, 1952. Gallagher is an inventor whose genius subconscious takes over when he is drunk. And he’s very drunk at this point.

Saturday: “The world could not be blamed for what he was.” Philip Jose Farmer. Context? 

From The Maker of Universes, 1965, before Robert Wolff blows the horn that can open the gates between universes.

Sunday: “Why do I always have to show everything?” Madeleine L’Engle. Book?

From A Wrinkle in Time, Meg’s thoughts about herself (referring to the way she shows her emotions.) I was very tempted to tweet the first line of this book and ask which Newberry Award winner it was—surely not many award-winning books start out with “It was a dark and stormy night!”

Monday: “The right to be totally ignorant of any useful knowledge seems to be the basic one.” Keith Laumer. Book? 

This is from the short story “Native Intelligence” from Galactic Diplomat. The book reprints a group of short stories about Retief, a diplomat who delights in not-quite-standard diplomacy (and incidentally gives his superior fits.) Keith Laumer wrote the stories in the 1960s. The first sentence of the quote should have been “There’s always a certain percentage of any population with the conviction that society is a conspiracy to deny them their rights,” but the whole thing was too long for Twitter.

Tuesday: “But answers also carry in themselves their commands and their penalties.” Clifton. Context? 

The book is Eight Keys to Eden, published in 1960. This is a first contact story with a bit of satire about politics, which feels quite current, and the sentence following the one quoted is “The penalty being that once one thinks he has the answer he stops looking for it.” My own copy is a 50 cent paperback, but it’s now on Kindle.

Wednesday: “Her mind opened a memory to him, of snow and speed and the awesome power of the avalanche beneath her.” Bowling. Context?

From Homecoming. Marna is remembering avalanche surfing, merely an extreme sport from her point of view. Lai sees it as sheer madness.