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Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-25, 12:30 AM
I randomly came up with this idea: think of an alternative title for your favorite novels, in a form that parodies the original.
It can be classic, sci-fi, whatever.
Oh, and try to guess what the REAL title of the novel is.

And now, our story...


Moby Richard

The Armed Conflict of the Worlds

60,000 Miles Under the Sea

The Archduke of the Metal Circular Objects that fit onto One's Fingers

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-25, 12:56 AM
From Bruce Corville books:
The Beast's Finger Jewlery
My Professor Failed Earth!

Eroica
2007-Sep-25, 04:03 PM
Odysseus

tdvance
2007-Sep-25, 05:56 PM
"different guy visiting someplace else"

"concrete at the base of the house"

"6 years ago: Ulysses in emptiness"

"famous actor conflicts"

"pile of sand"

"annulus land"

"Celsius 232.7778"

"a score and three years ago"

"third person singular pronoun"

Paul Beardsley
2007-Sep-25, 07:18 PM
Odysseus

By James Joyce? Nice one!

Centigrade 232
The Book
Thrushcross Grange
Hoopworld
Pet Cemetary
Breaking the Law and Being Locked Up in Siberia
The Adventures of Vermeer's Maid
A Neurotic Spinster in Hill House
Plateworld

Paul Beardsley
2007-Sep-25, 07:22 PM
"6 years ago: Ulysses in emptiness"
I was about to ask when it suddenly clicked!


"annulus land"

"Celsius 232.7778"
Great minds think alike...


"third person singular pronoun"
I thought of that SK novel but couldn't think of an alternative.

mike alexander
2007-Sep-25, 07:30 PM
Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem*
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Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem* Golem*

mike alexander
2007-Sep-25, 07:47 PM
The Time Device

Rogue Satellite

Exodus, Ch.2, v. 22

The Completely Smashed-Up Man

The Guy Wandering Around Inside a Pachyderm

Gloomy and Somber House

Self-Respect and Preconceived Preference

The Sun Rises, Too

Saturday

Look at that Guy

mike alexander
2007-Sep-25, 07:58 PM
Corset

Corset and Empire

Girdle



Suburbs in Flight (a sequel)

Gilganet

Stellar Explosion

The Dark Hall

More Verdant than You Conceive

Paul Beardsley
2007-Sep-25, 08:15 PM
The Biographies and Eras of Jerry Cornelius

The Last Algorithm

Brunch in the Ruins (A lazier Karl Glogauer)

Queen Elizabeth II (This is a friendly dig at Mike...)

tdvance
2007-Sep-25, 09:37 PM
The Temporal Mechanism

Zoological Barnyard

Angiosperms for the Little Mouse

The Male with Excessive Knowledge

Own Vacuum Protection, Willing to Go Places

The Drop of Darkness

The Male with Lunar Merchandise

Maize Descendants

A deep hole and a large mechanical timekeeping device

tdvance
2007-Sep-25, 09:43 PM
hmm--seem to be several repeats up there.

tdvance
2007-Sep-25, 09:45 PM
"Every One of You who are Dead Men Walking"

(and to repeat a previous theme)

"Third Person Plural"

Dave Mitsky
2007-Sep-26, 02:42 PM
A Saturnalian Equivalent Song of Praise

The Non-Climacteric Fruits of Anger

The Aged Male and the Large Body of Salt Water

World of the Hominoid Primates

The Everlasting State of Armed Conflict

I, Automaton

Eroica
2007-Sep-26, 07:26 PM
The Biography and Views of Iseult's Lover A Mixture of Beer and Lemonade

Bellatrix7
2007-Sep-26, 07:43 PM
Onion Ring John

One Catapulted Over the Robin's Nest

The Fountainpen

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-26, 08:43 PM
Well, Everything

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-27, 02:14 AM
Some I get really quick. Others, I have no clue.

Oh, the real names for my alternate titles are, obviously:

Moby Dick

The War of the Worlds

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea*

The Lord of the Rings


*I read that a league is about 3 miles, hence the alternative title.

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-27, 02:16 AM
Just thought of this next one. People here OUGHT to get this one, as it's literally right in front of your face (was that clue TOO obvious?):


Terrible Science of Celestial Phenomenon

tdvance
2007-Sep-27, 05:58 PM
oh, I forgot that we were doing nonfiction too!


ok, "the internal organs of something between black and white".

Bellatrix7
2007-Sep-27, 07:41 PM
To Annihilate a Hummingbird

The Color Fuscia

The Murderous Colorado Luxury Hotel Ghosts (The Shining)

Crackula (vampire free-basing)

All the President's Menorrhagia

Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-27, 09:12 PM
When ET Phoned Us

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-30, 01:36 AM
When ET Phoned Us

Is that one "Contact"?

Oh, another one.....


Okay, this one's a dozy...


A Period after which the Sun has set until which is rises To have a prominent place in Memory

Bonus points to whomever can guess THAT.

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-30, 12:53 PM
Is that one "Contact"?
Yup. :-D. It's related to This Book is About- well, Everything.

FlyFoy
2007-Oct-02, 04:43 PM
This one is pretty easy.

"Spleens in El Dorado"

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-03, 12:54 AM
(Nonexistant) Ancient Structures on the Red Planet

tdvance
2007-Oct-03, 02:22 AM
Expert Marionetteers

Fabulous Trip

Nature Preserve of 65000000BC

Intelligent Mechanisms of the Early Morning

Person who permits no harm to his wards

subatomic particular stellar remnant

Complete remembrance

or--it's learned by heart with a large quantity discount

2-d world

Unlucky Greek god

or--irrecoverable satellite

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-03, 08:59 PM
irrecoverable satellite
Lost Moon!

Complete remembrance
Total Recall!

tdvance
2007-Oct-04, 05:44 PM
exactly--the "or" parts were hints using alternate titles.

Todd

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-04, 07:50 PM
Nature Preserve of 65000000BC
Jurassic Park?

tdvance
2007-Oct-04, 08:33 PM
Jurassic Park?
yep!

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-04, 09:31 PM
Hairy Star
The Wandering Stars
How John Harrison Rocked the World

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-05, 03:17 PM
How John Harrison Rocked the World[/I]
Longitude by Dava Sobel?

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-05, 03:20 PM
Fabulous Trip
Fantastic Voyage?


Intelligent Mechanisms of the Early Morning
Robots of Dawn?


Person who permits no harm to his wards
Protector?


subatomic particular stellar remnant
Neutron Star? (Groan.)
[/QUOTE]

tdvance
2007-Oct-05, 04:11 PM
Fantastic Voyage?


Robots of Dawn?


Protector?


Neutron Star? (Groan.)
[/quote]

All correct.

Todd

mike alexander
2007-Oct-05, 06:54 PM
The Wandering Stars=The Planets, also by Sobel?

mike alexander
2007-Oct-05, 07:04 PM
How about:

Bar-Mitzvah

The Little Picture in the Corner of Your Post

Caverns of Carbon and Iron

The Monarch, Before and After

tdvance
2007-Oct-05, 09:23 PM
"Caverns of Carbon and Iron" -- ah, one for which "Intelligent Mechanisms of the Early Morning" is a sequel.

Let's see--in the middle would be, "porn star", sort of.

Todd

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-05, 09:32 PM
The Monarch, Before and After
T.H. White...

How about:

A Succinct Meta-Chronology

Lorelei of Saturn's Biggest Moon

Insanity's Relief [betcha can't get that one!]

The Planetary Ocean That Replicates Your Long Dead and Semi-Immortal Wife

The Video That Kills You In Seven Days

mike alexander
2007-Oct-05, 09:36 PM
so far...

A Succinct Meta-Chronology=A Short History of Time

Lorelei of Saturn's Biggest Moon= The Sirens of Titan

The Planetary Ocean That Replicates Your Long Dead and Semi-Immortal Wife=Solaris

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-05, 10:06 PM
so far...

A Succinct Meta-Chronology=A Short History of Time

Lorelei of Saturn's Biggest Moon= The Sirens of Titan

The Planetary Ocean That Replicates Your Long Dead and Semi-Immortal Wife=Solaris

Not bad, but that's A Brief History of Time.

The others are right.

mike alexander
2007-Oct-05, 10:52 PM
Only in Britain. Here they changed 'brief' to 'short', so Americans wouldn't think it was about underwear. Or maybe philosophers.

Still wondering about Insanity's Relief. I come up with 'The Ethics of Madness' but doesn't sound right.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-06, 12:04 AM
Longitude by Dava Sobel?
Yup.

The Wandering Stars= The Planets, also by Sobel?
Neato mosquito, you are correct, sir!

The Video That Kills You In Seven Days
The Ring. <Shiver>

Bar-Mitzvah
Not sure, but I'd guess The Thirteenth Year, a Disney Channel Original Movie.

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-06, 04:52 PM
Only in Britain. Here they changed 'brief' to 'short', so Americans wouldn't think it was about underwear. Or maybe philosophers.
Or barristers. I didn't know about the title change.

Still wondering about Insanity's Relief. I come up with 'The Ethics of Madness' but doesn't sound right.
Think of "relief" in the context of...

...geography!



The Ring. <Shiver>

Shiver me timbers above the well, you're right!

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-06, 05:35 PM
Mountain of Madness? Is it a climber's book?
The Wandering Stars is the title an Ancient Greek Sobel might have used, but that's a whole 'nother topic.

Siguy
2007-Oct-06, 06:06 PM
Airship Down

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-06, 07:08 PM
Mountain of Madness?
Make the first word a plural and you've got it.


Is it a climber's book?
It's perfectly possible that there's a climber somewhere who owns a copy of this book. ;)

It's actually a horror classic by H.P. Lovecraft. Set in Antarctica, it tells of a group of explorers who find extensive documentation about an ancient (and very scary) civilisation.


The Wandering Stars is the title an Ancient Greek Sobel might have used, but that's a whole 'nother topic.
I've only read her Longitude, which I thought was a fine piece of writing and excellent factual storytelling. I do have Galileo's Daughter, but haven't had time to read it. Does anyone have any views on her as a writer?

mahesh
2007-Oct-06, 07:39 PM
Broccoli's Brain

guys, am i in the same ballpark as y'all?

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-06, 07:44 PM
I've only read her Longitude, which I thought was a fine piece of writing and excellent factual storytelling. I do have Galileo's Daughter, but haven't had time to read it. Does anyone have any views on her as a writer?
As I said in the "pun" thread- she's a great writer, with Longitude and attitude!

Broccoli's Brain
I think I know it- was the author born on 9 November 1934?

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-07, 09:23 PM
How about an inversion of the idea.

Eye, Robot - one of Susan Calvin's creations becomes an optician...

The Rest of the Robots - ...and the others get jobs in mattress-testing factory.

Found Asian - a search party attempt to locate a missing child who comes from the Far East - and they succeed!

Found Asian and Umpire - the child grows up to become a professional tennis player.

Second Found Asian - the sequels begin...

The Currants of Space - grapes being dried in low Earth orbit.

The Stars Like Dusting - celebrities go around wiping surfaces with cloths to make the place spick and span.

The Dogs Themselves - a cross-over collaboration by Isaac Asimov and James Herriot about a vet who contacts intelligent canines from another dimension.

Ringworld - a huge hoop of a world build by the Xeelee where all the inhabitants watch a video about a Japanese hermaphrodite with long hair who climbs out of a well after seven days and plays Wagner music until a brave Hobbit throws her into a volcano during a boxing match.

Nine Princes In Amber - a banned book.

The Thyme Machine - an agricultural device designed for a market garden

Waugh of the Worlds - the TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited is broadcast across the dimensions.

The Moon is a Harsh Seamstress - er, just a typo.

Noclevername
2007-Oct-08, 12:27 AM
Stalwarts of the Interstellar Vessel.

Airborne Insect.

Vitally Important Plants.

Bloody Wargod.

Hole-dweller.

Instructions on Social Manipulation and Popularity.

Ow! Me damn it, get the eyedrops!

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-08, 03:41 AM
a tiny teal circle

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-08, 03:59 AM
An inhabited planet by mythical underworld creatures who don't exist:a small light source powered by wax in darkness.

mike alexander
2007-Oct-08, 05:13 AM
What begins at the bar Mitzvah, that's a clue.

"At the Mountains of Madness"... I had thought of something like intaglio, or bas relief, but then ended up with Mad Sheep.


Will you accept the romantic novel written by Wilde? Forever Umber.



Iams Legend - The last normal man on earth makes a high-quality dog food from vampires

The Starmaker - NBC's answer to American Idol

When Worlds Collude - Mars and Venus plot against the Earth

A Medicine for Mel and Collie - Man-dog pharmaceuticals

Shattered Like a Glass Goblet - Strange doings at a Jewish wedding

Again, the Fall of Night - Sequel to The Sun Also Rises

Day of Burning - Eight hours at the beach, no sunblock

Ubik Quiet, Already! - Joe Chip eventually gets tired of trying to figure everything out

Creatures of Light and Dorkness - Egyptian gods battle computer geeks

Jack of SHADO - Jack uses Kolwyna against the UFO's

No Va - Didn't blow up, after all

Cornopolis - A city obsessed by maize

The Bar's My Destination - A guy teleports into... forget it

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-08, 05:53 AM
Vehicles from the past pulled by horses of supernatural overlords.

mahesh
2007-Oct-08, 12:22 PM
..............
I think I know it- was the author born on 9 November 1934?

gosh.........super-fast contact.......Kai!
the photon didn't even travel 1AU
:)

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-08, 01:48 PM
a tiny teal circle
My avatar!

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-08, 04:14 PM
Vehicles from the past pulled by horses of supernatural overlords.

Easy - EVD!

Neat, though.

How about:

Musical Instrument Owned By An Italian Officer

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-08, 04:23 PM
Stalwarts of the Interstellar Vessel.
Lords of the Starship? Not sure who even wrote it...


Airborne Insect.
Wasp? Butterfly? The Moon Moth?


Vitally Important Plants.
No idea but it made me think of one:

The Natives Call Their Planet Wooded Region In Their Own Language


Bloody Wargod.
Kim Stanley Robinson?


Hole-dweller.
The Hobbit seems the most likely.


Instructions on Social Manipulation and Popularity.
HTWFAIP?


Ow! Me damn it, get the eyedrops!
Is this a book title or are you having problems?

Ah, just got it. Who would say "Me damn it" other than someone with a serious Mote problem...? Nice one.

mike alexander
2007-Oct-08, 07:21 PM
The Natives Call Their Planet Wooded Region In Their Own Language-
The Word for World is Forest ?

Instructions on Social Manipulation and Popularity-
I thought of The Prince

Musical Instrument Owned By An Italian Officer-
A Bell for Adano ?

mike alexander
2007-Oct-08, 07:28 PM
Try:

Thingamajig

Near Crucial

Binary

Paul Beardsley
2007-Oct-08, 10:10 PM
The Natives Call Their Planet Wooded Region In Their Own Language-
The Word for World is Forest ?
Perfect!


Instructions on Social Manipulation and Popularity-
I thought of The Prince
Not what I was thinking but still good.

(Two years ago Clare and I were in the Uffizi gallery and we thought we'd seen everything and were about to leave. Then, on impulse, I suggested we go around a corner we had not explored. And there was the original painting of Niccolo Macchiavelli, the one featured on the Penguin edition of The Prince. It was one of those amazing moments - the closest you ever get in the real world to bumping into a famous historical figure.)


Musical Instrument Owned By An Italian Officer-
A Bell for Adano ?
[Nelson Muntz voice] HA ha!

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-09, 09:55 PM
My avatar!
yes

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Oct-09, 09:56 PM
Easy - EVD!

Neat, though.

How about:


yes

Noclevername
2007-Oct-09, 10:23 PM
Stalwarts of the Interstellar Vessel.
Lords of the Starship? Not sure who even wrote it...

Starship Troopers (different usage of trooper, I suppose)


Airborne Insect. Wasp? Butterfly? The Moon Moth?
Hint: later made into Balanced Teardrop Shaped Dual Planet




Vitally Important Plants.No idea but it made me think of one
Hint: The sequel was Airborrne Particulate Exhalation Finger Ornament

EDIT: The rest you got right. (I can't add that clap smiley on an edit, so... clap clap clap)

Noclevername
2007-Oct-09, 10:26 PM
Musical Instrument Owned By An Italian Officer

Captain Correlli's Mandolin

mike alexander
2007-Oct-09, 11:10 PM
Balanced Teardrop Shaped Dual Planet- Flight of the Dragonfly

mike alexander
2007-Oct-09, 11:11 PM
Vitally Important Plants - The Integral Trees

Followed by The Smoke RIng

mike alexander
2007-Oct-09, 11:18 PM
How about:

No Time Left for this Planet

Mental Span

Time City

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-10, 09:11 PM
yes
Read it on a flight from NYC to LA over the summer vacation. Great writing.