old question

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 16 20:27:01 EST 2003

--- minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> >Quoting minnow at belfry.org.uk:
> >
> >> [1] A lot of people, of whom I was one, were
> going through this exercsie at
> >> that point.  Telephone conversations with Clute
> tended for a while to
> >> involve such exchanges as "Hi, John, I was
> just..."  "Hold on,  Before you
> >> say anything, can you give me an example of Billy
> the Kid in fantasy?"
> >> "um.... would you settle for a six-foot-tall
> hamster that *thinks* it's
> >> Billy the Kid?"
> >>
> >
> >*blink* is that a real book?
> >
> >lizzie, who would probably read it if it were.
> *Six-Gun Planet* by John Jakes.  Everybody on the
> entire planet is a
> six-foot hamster, or at least the natives all are,
> and they adopt what they
> think are appropriate identities based on their
> knowledge of the Terran
> culture.  It's a long time since I read it: I recall
> it as being
> fair-to-middling entertaining.  

These sound as if they are relatives of Poul Anderson
and Gordy Dickson's Hokas (but taller)


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