Monday, February 25, 2008

Oh lord, a meme. Tagged!

I've been tagged with this virtuous meme, via Steve.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people

Oh lord. Here goes...and this is the nearest book...

'But then the Moon is an even smaller target and one of 'em has just hit the Moon!'
'But what would happen if...?'
'If one hit us?'
Yes, we're talking about gobbets of superheated gas expelled by a superintelligent gaseous lifeform! Of course! Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud, which I'm teaching tomorrow. Old-school science fiction; with a thinly-disguised Hoyle as protagonist.

Hoyle's tendency to write thinly-disguised Hoyle protagonists is a special joy: in The Fifth Planet he finds—to his delight—that the mind of his unintelligent, errant, yet beautiful wife has been taken over by an intellectual extra-terrestrial presence. In October the First Is Too Late, physics dictates that he finds himself in an alternate timeverse where he is worshipped as a god by naked women.

See, I said old school!

Time to tag. Meme. Come on, Xtin, Matt, Indigoglyph, Rebecca and Katie.


Anonymous said...

That's 100% Man or Astroman?

pluvialis said...

Ah, but is that 100% Man or Astroman, or Man or Astro-man Clone Tour Alpha. Or Gamma?

Oh, I feel old....

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what you're talking about but I feel about 73% man at this time in the evening on a weekday. :-)

I posted my meme on a comments Steve's.