[PW] First? line in a story or novel
Ivan Van Laningham
ivanlan9 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 16 07:22:40 PDT 2021
I checked *Triplanetary *before I posted, and should have said so. Sorry.
Definitely not that one.
I'm fairly certain it wasn't *The Demolished Man*, but I won't rule it out
yet. I'll look at the context. ...
On Sat, Oct 16, 2021 at 8:02 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
> The beginning and ending passages of Bester's 1953 novel "The
> Demolished Man" assert that the galaxy "has revolved nine times
> already". The ellipsis is in the original text.
> Year: 1996 (1953 Copyright)
> Book Title: The Demolished Man
> Author: Alfred Bester
> Publisher: Vintage Books - Random House, New York
> [Begin excerpt - double-check for typos]
> In the endless universe there is nothing new, nothing different. What
> may appear exceptional to the minute mind of man may be inevitable to
> the infinite Eye of God. This strange second in a life, that unusual
> event, those remarkable coincidences of environment, opportunity, and
> encounter . . . all may be reproduced over and over on the planet of a
> sun whose galaxy revolves once in two hundred million years and has
> revolved nine times already.
> [End excerpt]
> A longer version of this passage was included in Gary Westfahl's
> "Science Fiction Quotations" compilation.
> Garson O'Toole
> On Sat, Oct 16, 2021 at 5:06 AM Ivan Van Laningham <ivanlan9 at gmail.com>
> > Hi All--
> > I read this when I was a kid, so it's from the 60s or before. It's
> > definitely science fiction, and it might be a first line. It went
> > something like, "Five times had the galaxy revolved..." or some variation
> > on that.
> > I have the feeling it might be Arthur C Clarke, but that's only a
> > Thanks all!
> > Metta,
> > Ivan
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Ivan Van Laningham
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