Thursday: Anyone remember where Anne McCaffrey’s first Dragonrider story was published?

Weyr Search, the first part of what eventually became Dragonflight, was published as a short novel in Analog in October 1967. The rest of the book was published as a serial, Dragonrider, in Analog December 1967-January 1968. After that, the Pern series took off on its own.

Friday: “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?” J. R. R. Tolkien, but who says it and where?

Gandalf is speaking to Frodo, but where depends on whether you remember the book or the movie. In the book, the conversation takes place in Bag End:

“He [Gollum] deserves death,” Frodo says after hearing Gollum’s story.

“Deserves it? I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollun can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part yet to play, for good or ill, before the end, and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many—yours not least.”

In the movie, the same conversation takes place in the mines of Moria, after Frodo catches sight of Gollum following them.

Saturday: “–make your audience identify with and feel deeply for a character and then drop a mountain on him!” Mercedes Lackey, but what story?

This is from After Midnight, a short story copyrighted in 2002. The author dreams she is being confronted (and accused) by a number of the characters she has created. That particular statement is from Lavan Firestorm: “And then you brag about it! The Lackey-patented formula for success—make your audience identify with and deeply care for a character and then drop a mountain on him!” I don’t think it’s really patentable, due to prior use. Every good storyteller since the time of Gilgamesh has used it.


“So we can believe the big ones?”

–Pratchett. What book?

This is from Hogfather, with Death speaking to his graddaughter, Susan. Death’s answer is YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

Monday: “Miniature bears with long bushy tails.” –Andre Norton, but what kind of animal and what book?

Wolverines were being tried as scout partners in Storm over Warlock. First published in 1960, this book was combined with two others, Ordeal in Otherwhere and Forerunner Foray and republished as Warlock in 2005. I have the old Ace paperback of Storm over Warlock, with a cover price of 40 cents.

Tuesday: “You cannot see things till you know roughly what they are.” C. S. Lewis, #Scifi Which book, and what’s the context?

This is a quote from Out of the Silent Planet, describing Ransom’s first moments on Malacandra (Mars:) “He saw nothing but colours—colours that refused to form themselves into things. Moreover, he knew nothing well enough yet to see it: you cannot see things until you know roughly what they are. His first impression was of a bright, pale world—a water-colour world out of a child’s paint-box; a moment later he recognized the flat belt of light blue as a sheet of water, or something like water, which came nearly to his feet.”

Wednesday: “The R’iil’nai said there were certain rules of civilized behavior we had to follow.”—Bowling (yes, me.) Book and context?

The book is Homecoming, and the context is the Human, Cinda, telling Marna about the Confederation. “The R’il’nai said there were certain rules of civilized behavior we had to follow. Like not trying to take over a planet with another intelligent species on it.”

I’ll be quoting bits from my own books or blog on Wednesdays. Next week? I hope to use bits from Tolkien’s poems, but fair warning—many got left out of the film version of Lord of the Rings.