[PW] ? Quotes from Famous Short Stories (Quotation Query #792)

Bill Klemens williamklemens at gmail.com
Thu Jan 18 11:56:12 PST 2018


I wrote that - "Roland MacGruder, Freelance writer" - Calvin Trillin

On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 10:21 AM, d-lien University of Minnesota <
d-lien at umn.edu> wrote:

> Garson also asked about
> Periodical: Star Science Fiction Stories No. 1
> Short Story: The Nine Billion Names of God
> Author: Arthur C. Clarke
> Note: I haven't verified this with hardcopy. This data is from Wikipedia.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Billion_Names_of_God
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
> [End excerpt]
>
> ***************
> STAR was a original anthology (book) series, not a periodical in the
> usual sense.  Frederik Pohl was the editor and Ballantine Books the
> publisher.  In its early days, they published hc and mass market pb
> editions of their works at the same time (and I assume from the same
> plates), so either should work for verifying first appearance.
>
> However, my copy is of the third printing of the pb, from July 1961.
> According to the copyright information inside, the first printing was
> February 1953 and official publication date was March 1953.
>
> I'm morally certain that no changes were made between the first and
> third (or later) printings, except in the case of the anthology title
> -- the "#1" was a later addition; it was originally just STAR SCIENCE
> FICTION STORIES
>
> http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?35067
>
> but obviously it would be best to find a 1953 copy to be sure.  In my
> 1961 printing, the line is just as you have it: it's the last line of
> the story, which in turn is the last story in the anthology, and it
> appears on page 202.
>
> Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 4:23 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
> <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Here is a line from another story in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"
> > collection followed lines from two well-regarded science fiction
> > stories.
> >
> > Year: 1983
> > Short Story: A Small, Good Thing
> > Collection: Cathedral
> > Author: Raymond Carver
> > Note: I haven't verified this with hardcopy. This quotation is in the
> > 18th edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. In the original story
> > I think the text is between quotation marks and "he said" is appended.
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > You have to eat and keep going. Eating is a small, good thing in a
> > time like this.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> >
> > Year: 1953
> > Periodical: Star Science Fiction Stories No. 1
> > Short Story: The Nine Billion Names of God
> > Author: Arthur C. Clarke
> > Note: I haven't verified this with hardcopy. This data is from Wikipedia.
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Billion_Names_of_God
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> >
> > Date: December 1948
> > Short Story: Knock
> > Author: Fredric Brown
> > Periodical: Thrilling Wonder Stories
> > Note: I haven't verified this with hardcopy. This data is from Wikipedia.
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_(short_story)
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the
> door...
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > Garson
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 1:26 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> >> Quotation dictionaries don't usually include many quotations from short
> stories, but I'm trying to do so in my upcoming revised edition.  Can
> anyone point me to crucial or particularly memorable quotes from any of
> these famous short stories:
> >>
> >>
> >> Anton Chekhov, "The Bet"
> >>
> >> Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
> >>
> >> Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"
> >>
> >>
> >> Or, for that matter, I would welcome any suggestions of crucial or
> particularly memorable quotes from other short stories as well.
> >>
> >> Fred Shapiro
> >>
> >>
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