looking for songs (vaguely on topic, really)

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 5 16:48:48 EDT 2004

--- minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:

> >Ika wrote
> >
> ><The only inspiration I've heard of for the Man
> >who Sold the World is the
> >nursery rhyme about the man on the stairs who
> >wasn't there ("we passed
> >upon the stairs/ we spoke of was and when/
> >although he wasn't there...").>
> Ven wrote:
> >Ah that man! What I've got bumping at the surface
> >of my brain is a Cordwainer Smith story I think,
> >didn't he write about someone who sold the Earth,
> >or maybe someone who bought it, in which case
> >somebody else did the selling.
> "The Boy Who Bought Old Earth"?  That was the
> original
> title of *The Planet Buyer*.

William Tenn wrote a story about someone selling the
Earth, Bernie the Faust, which is actually on-line


And there was Robert Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the


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