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01 September 2004 @ 01:10 am
Now it's time for our favorite game - guess the author!  
But when they had come within five or six million light-blocks of the Black Wastes, they began to hear rumors of some robber-giant who called himself The PHT Pirate. No one they spoke to had actually seen him, nor knew what "PHT" was supposed to mean. Trurl thought this might be a distortion of "pH," which would indicate an ionic pirate with a high concentration and very base, but Klaupacious, more level-headed, preferred to refrain from entertaining such hypotheses.

. . .

Of flaming jungles of combustion and mysterious vortices there was not a sign, nor had anyone ever heard of them, for the desolate waste was a place of tedium, and tedious in the extreme, by virtue of the fact that it was desolate, and a waste.

. . .

"I have no use," suddenly said the face, turning its thousand glittering eyes on Trurl, "for gold or silver, and the way you have to talk to me is delicately and with respect, as I am a pirate with a Ph.D., well-educated and by nature extremely high-strung . . . "
 
 
 
Nightwalkerhalfawake on September 1st, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
I know who it is! It's a male, someone who lives on planet earth, milky way.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on September 1st, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
Very close!
He was born in 1921, if that's any help.
masui on September 1st, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
"I have no use," suddenly said the face, turning its thousand glittering eyes on Trurl, "for gold or silver, and the way you have to talk to me is delicately and with respect, as I am a pirate with a Ph.D., well-educated and by nature extremely high-strung . . . "

Why, I do believe that is me from the future. Didn't know I would become highstrung...who knew?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on September 1st, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Are you ionic or base? Or do you think you may develop those traits when you have your graduate degrees.
masui on September 1st, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
Well, they weren't ALL me.
Wendymaerchen on September 1st, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
Stanislaw Lem. (Off my wavelength--I haven't finished reading it yet.)
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on September 1st, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
You Stone people . . . I swear . . .
You are so very right! It's from the Cyberiad stories.

I miss seeing you. Let me know when you're back for school - I'll drop by and say hello sometime.
Wendymaerchen on September 3rd, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
Re: You Stone people . . . I swear . . .
I'll do that. (It'll be awhile...)
truth without proofchronicfreetime on September 3rd, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
Heh, my favorite book :)