2010-08-02

Somewhere A Duck Quacked

Here's a totally unauthorized reprint of Peter De Vries's story "The Irony Of It All", a satire of pulp writing, and Randall Garrett's "Look Out! Duck!", a science-fiction satire of De Vries's story, now with 50% more jokes as a result of being able to read the De Vries story first. Eventually I'll gussy this up with mutual hyperlinks connecting the two Dumbrowskis and the two Constanzas, but not today.

4 comments:

Rosen Creature said...

Thank you, John. I needed that.

jk5837 said...

Thanks indeed! Got my fix of sci-fi and it was funny, too! 8-)

mauricianismes said...

In Frank Herbert's SF novel Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen's Mentat is called “Piter De Vries”. I wonder where the author took that name from.

John Cowan said...

It's usually straightforward to figure out the etymology of Herbert's names and special terms. What's hard is to figure out what, if anything, is the significance of those etymologies. Herbert could just have decided to use the name because he thought it sounded appropriate.