Visions of Paradise

Sunday, June 26, 2011

F&SF Quiz

Here are the first lines of famous f&sf novels of the past 25 years. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to name the novels.

1. “No! I don’t want the mangosteen.”

2. After pursuing him a week (half my annual vacation from the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer), I caught up with Danny Boles on a blustery day in April at a high school in eastern Alabama

3. Everybody falls and we all land somewhere.

4. Monkey never dies.

5. Nine months Landsman’s been flopping at the Hotel Zamenhof without any of his fellow residents managing to get themselves murdered.

6. Shadow had done three years in prison.

7. The Hegemony consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below.

8. The shining rim of the planet Rodeo wheeled dizzily past the observation port of the orbital transfer station.

9. There was a razorstorm coming in.

10. Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the Earth.


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