[PW] SF book inquiry

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Tue Jul 4 09:59:40 PDT 2017

As others have suggested, Niven's character Teela Brown sounds like
the closest sort-of match.  But in checking the TV Tropes entries for
luck, I found this novel (which I've not read) which also has a couple
of points in common (notably the "powers that be" consider him a
threat and try to stop him aspect.  For what it's worth...


The above is for a 1982 novel, STARLUCK, by Donald Wismer.  Apparently
not part of a series, though.  Found under this trope:


(there are a number of other luck-related tropes cited,


but this subdivision seemed the most promising)

Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu

On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:35 PM, Dusty Gres <gres.dusty at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am looking for a SF series -- 2 or 3 books. I read them in the 80s. The
> premise is that population controls had led to lotteries to allow for
> children, and through the years this resulted in a genetic trait for luck.
> The story is that now one person is the luckiest person in the world and
> the powers that be are trying to do him in, to prevent him from taking
> over. Strange to be asking for myself. I have done the usual keyword
> searching in Google, Amazon, but nothing comes up.
> Any ideas?
> Dusty Gres
> On Jun 20, 2017 11:34 AM, "John Cowan" <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:01 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> I too feel that the greatly lessened vitality of Stumpers/Project Wombat is
>> an enormous shame.  But I can't be encouraging about the book updating
>> prospects.  I am already tremendously preoccupied with a responsible
>> full-time job, the second edition of the Yale Book of Quotations, a
> family,
>> etc., etc.  And I think it is questionable that a publisher of any
>> consequence, even Random House (the publisher of the original edition),
>> would be interested.
> It doesn't have to be a full update.  If you just make the necessary
> changes to title and information, and release it on Amazon as an e-book at
> nominal cost (I assume the rights have reverted by now), then that would
> help a lot right there.  I'm sure some of our listmembers could assist with
> the mechanical part of the effort.
> --
> John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
> There are books that are at once excellent and boring.  Those that at
> once leap to the mind are Thoreau's Walden, Emerson's Essays, George
> Eliot's Adam Bede, and Landor's Dialogues.  --Somerset Maugham
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