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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby diotimajsh » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:59 pm UTC

I'm responding to posts that are so old (three years!) that it's likely that the post-ers either have found the book already or will never see this reply. But, for posterity, I present:

Thin_icE wrote:... some sci-fi book that is divided in stories, each of which is based on the same principle: what would be the world like if a certain physical constant had a different value?
That sounds a bit like Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman. Though, I don't know if those worlds were defined/specified by altering a single physical constant.

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Postby shanen » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:04 pm UTC

I'm looking for a comic with two guys saying "I love you" to the same woman. The first guy has a thought balloon saying "I think she's sexually available" and the woman is thinking something like "All my girlfriends say he's a terrible liar but great in bed." Presumably she's smiling but I have no idea of what she's saying. The second guy's thought balloon says "Finally, a woman who wants to sleep with me" and I don't know what her thought balloon says. Perhaps "Boring"? I do look at a number of comics, but this one seems like the kind of thing XKCD might have somewhere, but I've been told that it is not here.

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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Aldarion » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:31 pm UTC

In October I saw this book in a London bookstore, which I can't remember the name of, no matter how hard I try.
What I remember about it is that it was set on board a ship from Ireland to America in, I think, the 19th century, and that it was a murder mystery.
Does anybody know what it could be?
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Postby semicharmed » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:21 pm UTC

Aldarion wrote:In October I saw this book in a London bookstore, which I can't remember the name of, no matter how hard I try.
What I remember about it is that it was set on board a ship from Ireland to America in, I think, the 19th century, and that it was a murder mystery.
Does anybody know what it could be?


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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Abderite » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:43 pm UTC

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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby EdgarJPublius » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:13 am UTC

Bleh, this is probably going ot be too vague to turn up anything, but I can hope.

I read an article recently (a month or so ago) on I think io9, but possibly boing-boing or some other sci-fi/tech blog style site about a new short story collection with a sort of retro/space-opera type feel to it.
The title and cover art initially caught my eye (of course, now I can remember neither, I think the cover may have been blue) and I've been on kind of a retro/rocket-punk kick recently so I filed the thing away to check out later and of course completely forget every useful detail.
I tried trawling/searching through io9s archives, but that was a painful task even before the wretched new site design.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Von Haus » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:43 pm UTC

Oregonaut wrote:Little Bunny Fru Fru hopping through the forest, picking up an army and crushing all resistance!

And since reading that I have been reminded of a book but as suggested by posting here I have no idea what it was called.
It was sci-fi, and sort of an account of one part of a war, humans vs invading lizards, there were APU's and a giant (I mean GIANT) tank, and it had a bunny painted on the side, the bunny was from a real life webcomic which I can't remember the name of either, is this possibly ringing any bells with anyone. Or maybe just a webcomic with a violent rabbit in it? It would be a start. The cover had a picture of the tank with the painted on rabbit plainly visible and men in blue militaty armour in the foreground.

Edit: Managed to find it myself after trying keyword after keyword. Hell's Faire. The comic was Sluggy Freelance.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:01 pm UTC

Yeah, John Ringo's Posleen War series.

Shit you can get for free because John Ringo and Baen Books are awesome - Most of that series. Hell's Faire is the 4th one.
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Postby Von Haus » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:08 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Yeah, John Ringo's Posleen War series.

Shit you can get for free because John Ringo and Baen Books are awesome - Most of that series. Hell's Faire is the 4th one.

Holy shit that's awesome, I am going to have to read the whole series now, I'd only ever read the fourth one before which which great and I was missing all of the backstory. :P Though that is going to have to wait until I've read the 12 other books I've got sitting on my shelf unread...
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby yadayada » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:18 pm UTC

This probably wont work but a very long time ago i remember listening to a book on tape (as in cassette tape) about the second comming of Jesus in an English boys boarding school. I'm not kidding, this actually what it was about, I only heared the first bit of it though and i'm really curiose about how it ends.
The main character is a kid in the school, i think it was all from his point of view. At the start of the story a new boy starts at the school, and at some stage while in a room alone with the main character has what appears to be an epileptic fit, when he wakes up he tells the protagonist that this is not the first time this has happened to him. According to the boy, during these fits he sees God, who speaks to him because he's the second comming, and this time around God has told him that the first person he sees when he wakes up will be his first apostle. The protagonist is sceptical but goes along wth it, that's about all I remember other then something about rugby, the school rugby star might have ended up the second apostle.
I have no idea whether or not the boy was delusional, just lying, or actually the son of god, if this sounds at all familiar to anyone, the title of the book would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:41 pm UTC

Von Haus wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Yeah, John Ringo's Posleen War series.

Shit you can get for free because John Ringo and Baen Books are awesome - Most of that series. Hell's Faire is the 4th one.

Holy shit that's awesome, I am going to have to read the whole series now, I'd only ever read the fourth one before which which great and I was missing all of the backstory. :P Though that is going to have to wait until I've read the 12 other books I've got sitting on my shelf unread...
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby spupy » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:00 pm UTC

I'm trying to recall the names of 3 sci-fi books/stories I read when I was little. I didn't read them in English so I can't find them using what I remember of the titles.

1. Medieval knights in space. They kick some alien ass. That is all.
2. Some aliens arrive on Earth. The interesting thing was that the aliens weren't the usual little green people - they had unusual and almost indescribable shapes.

3. I'm most interested in finding the name of the 3rd book. The title was something like "The Tears of Earth", or "The End of the Earth" or something similar, the cover had a "crying" planet Earth. It described a future where the Earth was almost dead. The land was literally cracked and broken and transformed to an inhospitable endless mountain-desert by frequent earthquakes, signalling the death of the planet. The last humans were desperately searching for water, since all bodies of water disappeared deep underground in the shattered earth.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby zombie_monkey » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:12 pm UTC

1. The High Crusade by Poul Anderson.

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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Silas » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:22 pm UTC

There was this Russian short story I had to read for one of my exams. It was about a student at the University who, for one of his exams, had been told to draw a map of the facilities. While he was drawing it, he spilled a drop of ink, and decided to embellish it into a picture of some lilac bushes. When he presented his map, the professor challenged its accuracy, complaining that there were no lilacs in that spot. The student, unwilling to admit his mistake, insists that there are, and tries to bluff his way through by inviting the examiner to come with him tomorrow and see. The obvious results ensue, and ultimately the student's wife enlists the groundskeeper's help to plant a stand of bushes overnight.

Anybody know what it's called, or who wrote it?
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:53 am UTC

Comic book.
Hero: Anthropomorphic Duck.
Setting: Gritty, stylized, somewhat sci-fi-eqsue. Often in an urban environment.
Had nice quality print, nice drawings.

I'd describe it as a dark and gritty take on Darkwing Duck. Took itself very seriously. Don't really remember much else, sadly. Vague plot elements. I think there was one story where people were being replaced by androids. I also have a vague recollection of an old destroyed building (or a greenhouse? lots of broken glass windows) overtaken by vegetation and someone (the villain?) reminiscing about what had been lost.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Jorpho » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:50 am UTC

Surely you're not asking about the infamous Howard the Duck?

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Postby Kewangji » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:10 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:Comic book.
Hero: Anthropomorphic Duck.
Setting: Gritty, stylized, somewhat sci-fi-eqsue. Often in an urban environment.
Had nice quality print, nice drawings.

I'd describe it as a dark and gritty take on Darkwing Duck. Took itself very seriously. Don't really remember much else, sadly. Vague plot elements. I think there was one story where people were being replaced by androids. I also have a vague recollection of an old destroyed building (or a greenhouse? lots of broken glass windows) overtaken by vegetation and someone (the villain?) reminiscing about what had been lost.

Stål-Kalle? I remember the greenhouse scene from that. There was (is?) a magazine dedicated to that character and it was gritty and good and my dad made me stop reading it by making 13-year-old me think it was 'childish'. :(

Edit: for non-Swedes: Paperinik, is his international name, apparently. An alter-ego of Donald Duck, from Italy.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:19 pm UTC

Kewangji wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:Comic book.
Hero: Anthropomorphic Duck.
Setting: Gritty, stylized, somewhat sci-fi-eqsue. Often in an urban environment.
Had nice quality print, nice drawings.

I'd describe it as a dark and gritty take on Darkwing Duck. Took itself very seriously. Don't really remember much else, sadly. Vague plot elements. I think there was one story where people were being replaced by androids. I also have a vague recollection of an old destroyed building (or a greenhouse? lots of broken glass windows) overtaken by vegetation and someone (the villain?) reminiscing about what had been lost.

Stål-Kalle? I remember the greenhouse scene from that. There was (is?) a magazine dedicated to that character and it was gritty and good and my dad made me stop reading it by making 13-year-old me think it was 'childish'. :(

Edit: for non-Swedes: Paperinik, is his international name, apparently. An alter-ego of Donald Duck, from Italy.


That lead me here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PKNA

Which seems to have been it.
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Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Snowfox » Thu May 05, 2011 10:44 am UTC

Hey guys,

Long time reader, first time writer, blah blah blah...

There's one XKCD strip that I really want to reference to a friend, but I can't find it. I've clicked through hundreds (literally) strips from multiple directions looking for it, as well as using search functions among other things. Here's what I remember from the strip.

A girl asks a guy why guys don't ever share their feelings. The guy then responds by sharing his feelings, which include his fear of the future and several personal fears. The strip then ends with the girl saying something along the lines of "I find you so unattractive right now".


At the moment, I'm beginning to question my sanity as I'm starting to think it never existed in the first place.

Thank you for your help! And I apologize if this is the wrong section, I couldn't find a place where it seemed these requests were usually made.

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Kewangji » Thu May 05, 2011 11:51 am UTC

This does not sound like an xkcd strip I've read. You should search for it on the Internets as a whole. (Though I could just not remember it, I guess).
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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby M1k3_Nix » Thu May 05, 2011 8:25 pm UTC

have to agree with Kewangji. Dont recognise this one im afraid.....and ive got http://dynamic.xkcd.com/random/comic/ as my home page


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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby diabolo » Thu May 05, 2011 9:06 pm UTC

Snowfox wrote:Thank you for your help!

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Snowfox » Thu May 05, 2011 10:21 pm UTC

Thank you so much, Diabolo (and everyone else as well for the effort)! I must have misplaced it with xkcd due to the minimalistic design. Apologies to all for having got it mixed up in the first place. :oops:

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby T3CHN0CR4T » Mon May 09, 2011 10:38 am UTC

Anyone know what number the comic is with the trees? (The tree says something like "You've stumped me now" and the other one has a chainsaw.

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Kewangji » Mon May 09, 2011 11:18 am UTC

T3CHN0CR4T wrote:Anyone know what number the comic is with the trees? (The tree says something like "You've stumped me now" and the other one has a chainsaw.

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby T3CHN0CR4T » Mon May 09, 2011 11:21 am UTC

Haha you know that's the first time someone has LMGTFYed me. Thank you :D
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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Von Haus » Mon May 09, 2011 11:24 am UTC

Kewangji wrote:
T3CHN0CR4T wrote:Anyone know what number the comic is with the trees? (The tree says something like "You've stumped me now" and the other one has a chainsaw.

:)

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby T3CHN0CR4T » Mon May 09, 2011 11:25 am UTC

http://lmgtfy.com

Not sure, I've known about LMGTFY for years now, or at least it seems like years....
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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Kewangji » Mon May 09, 2011 11:53 am UTC

Von Haus wrote:That is so cool! Where did you find it?
Sorry, that was just too easy...

I asked a silly question on a forum and someone linked me to it! :D

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby Von Haus » Mon May 09, 2011 12:02 pm UTC

I guess I was to subtle, I was hoping to get a LMGTFY for LMGTFY. :P Never mind.
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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby T3CHN0CR4T » Mon May 09, 2011 12:14 pm UTC

The only reason people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby T3CHN0CR4T » Mon May 09, 2011 12:26 pm UTC

Just trying to remember another strip, not 100% sure if it was an XKCD comic or just a joke I heard somewhere though.

It's a science one where a student substitutes Potassium in place of 'Ok' or K. I found it quite funny and I googled it but couldn't find it...bet it's there, I'm just too tired to think straight and really should go to bed some time soon :(
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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby tastelikecoke » Mon May 09, 2011 12:51 pm UTC

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Kewangji wrote:This does not sound like an xkcd strip I've read. .

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Re: Insanity Inducing Inability (to find a XKCD Strip)

Postby diabolo » Mon May 09, 2011 9:58 pm UTC

T3CHN0CR4T wrote:Just trying to remember another strip, not 100% sure if it was an XKCD comic or just a joke I heard somewhere though.

It's a science one where a student substitutes Potassium in place of 'Ok' or K. I found it quite funny and I googled it but couldn't find it...bet it's there, I'm just too tired to think straight and really should go to bed some time soon :(

Reminds me of this.

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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby T3CHN0CR4T » Mon May 09, 2011 10:29 pm UTC

No I remember now it was a picture at least, if not a comic.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Bufo_periglenes » Sun May 15, 2011 5:29 am UTC

Silas wrote:There was this Russian short story I had to read for one of my exams. It was about a student at the University who, for one of his exams, had been told to draw a map of the facilities. While he was drawing it, he spilled a drop of ink, and decided to embellish it into a picture of some lilac bushes. When he presented his map, the professor challenged its accuracy, complaining that there were no lilacs in that spot. The student, unwilling to admit his mistake, insists that there are, and tries to bluff his way through by inviting the examiner to come with him tomorrow and see. The obvious results ensue, and ultimately the student's wife enlists the groundskeeper's help to plant a stand of bushes overnight.

Anybody know what it's called, or who wrote it?


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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Bufo_periglenes » Thu May 19, 2011 10:08 pm UTC

yadayada wrote:This probably wont work but a very long time ago i remember listening to a book on tape (as in cassette tape) about the second comming of Jesus in an English boys boarding school. I'm not kidding, this actually what it was about, I only heared the first bit of it though and i'm really curiose about how it ends.
The main character is a kid in the school, i think it was all from his point of view. At the start of the story a new boy starts at the school, and at some stage while in a room alone with the main character has what appears to be an epileptic fit, when he wakes up he tells the protagonist that this is not the first time this has happened to him. According to the boy, during these fits he sees God, who speaks to him because he's the second comming, and this time around God has told him that the first person he sees when he wakes up will be his first apostle. The protagonist is sceptical but goes along wth it, that's about all I remember other then something about rugby, the school rugby star might have ended up the second apostle.
I have no idea whether or not the boy was delusional, just lying, or actually the son of god, if this sounds at all familiar to anyone, the title of the book would be greatly appreciated.


Could it possibly be The War of Jenkins' Ear by Michael Morpurgo?
http://216.194.176.32:8000/1/kcContent? ... =titlelist

(Non sequitur, apparently The War of Jenkins' Ear is a real historical conflict. What could they have been thinking?)
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Bufo_periglenes » Thu May 19, 2011 10:56 pm UTC

spupy wrote:2. Some aliens arrive on Earth. The interesting thing was that the aliens weren't the usual little green people - they had unusual and almost indescribable shapes.


Do any of these jog your memory?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fi ... otic_forms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fi ... ing_aliens

In what language did you read the books originally?
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Silas » Fri May 27, 2011 8:49 pm UTC

Bufo_periglenes wrote:
Silas wrote:There was this Russian short story I had to read for one of my exams. ...
Anybody know what it's called, or who wrote it?


Is it A Clump of Lilacs by Alexander Kuprin? http://worldlibrary.net/eBooks/WorldeBookLibrary.com/clumplil.htm

It is! Thanks so much. This has been bugging me, on and off, for months.
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