Thog's Masterclass

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Thog's Masterclass. Telling Simile Dept. 'He looks like a basilisk. She wasn't quite sure about it – what a basilisk was, much less what one looked like – but its sound had the feeling of his face.' (Rufus King, Valcour Meets Murder, 1937) [BP]

Philosophy Dept. 'If the shortest distance between point A and point B is a straight line, how do you go from point A to point B? This sort of debate could take a long time.' (Colin Kapp, Transfinite Man aka The Dark Mind, 1964) [AR]

Worsening Odds Dept. 'Outspace there was one chance in infinity squared that he would not die.' But later: "'I don't give you one chance of survival in infinity raised to the infinite power,' said Madden.'" (Ibid)

Dept of As Others See SF. 'The sun didn't want to go down that day because it was a sci-fi sun, big and fat and red, and it wanted only to dry out everything in creation.' (T. Coraghessan Boyle, 'Ash Monday', New Yorker, 21 Jan 2008) [MMW]

Dept of Logical Consequences.'You could have cut off an arm or a leg and I wouldn't have been able to lift so much as a finger in protest.' (Amber Dean, Chanticleer's Muffled Crow, 1945) [BP]

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