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Aliens look like ducks to lone woman?

 
 
Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2011 07:43 am
Has anyone read a sci fi short story where a woman is somewhere in space with large aliens and she names one Daffy Duck cause she thinks they look like giant ducks
 
jespah
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 07:21 am
@LadySpades,
This has been tough to find. I keep coming up with Space Truckers but I suspect that's just films that have been jumbled together and not a true find.

Do you have any specifics, such as date (approximate) of release, the names of any of the actors, anything?
LadySpades
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 08:51 am
@jespah,
It's not a movie, it's a short story in an anthology. Wish I had more detail, I do know he dies in the end.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 12:32 pm
@LadySpades,
I've searched through several databases and can only come up with two possibilities, both are movies rather than a book. I looked to see if either were based upon a book but couldn't find anything.

Could it possibly be a Duck Dodgers or Howard the Duck plot?
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 12:36 pm
@LadySpades,
Here's a list of science fiction short story anthologies. Look through the titles and see if anything rings a bell:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Science_fiction_short_story_collections
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 12:38 pm
@Butrflynet,
Here's another list to look through. Be sure to click through the other pages of the alphabet.

The Science Fiction Short Stories of
Clifford D. Simak

http://www.falseducks.com/simak/a2c.htm
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LadySpades
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 01:00 pm
Thanks so much everyone, I'll be certain to check them all out!

Lady

djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2011 02:02 pm
@LadySpades,
dying to find out what the story is, in the mean time, if you like stories about meetings with interesting aliens, you might like these tales

Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
http://img.amazon.ca/images/I/51CrnzerVuL._SS500_.jpg
What do you do if you're an alien race who look like clear jello and smell like rotting fish, and you want to make earth contact, you hire a publicity agent

The Taken Trilogy - Alan Dean Foster
http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1289243749l/7420418.jpg

Quozl - Alan Dean Foster
http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n1/n5376.jpg
http://jamesgurney.com/images/Quozl.jpg
Arriving in sleek, wood-panelled space ships, the amazingly dapper and terrifyingly cute Quozl have invaded, and the planet Earth will never be the same.

Glory Lane - Alan Dean Foster
http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n1/n9403.jpg
Punk rock fan Seeth rescues a stranger from arrest at his favorite hang-out, the bowling alley, only to discover that the cops are killer aliens. Seeth soon finds himself on the run, not just on the streets of Earth, but among the stars as well. Along the way he is joined by geeky bookworm Kerwin and Valley girl Miranda and the trio quickly find themselves in the middle of an intergalactic battle.
hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 19 Apr, 2011 10:24 pm
I saw you posted this to another forum and someone suggested google books. I just tried and apart from appearing in an issue of analog it appeared in one Gardner Doziers' years best SFs (5th 1988) I'm still trying to track down a table of contents because I know the story has a snippet on page 385, but Amazon lists the content without page numbers

Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Rachel in Love - Pat Murphy
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Dream Baby - Bruce McAllister
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Flowers of Edo - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Forever Yours Anna - Kate Wilhelm
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : At the Cross-Time Jaunters' Ball - Alexander Jablokov
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Dinosaurs - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Temporary King - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Perpetuity Blues - Neal Barrett
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight? - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Pardoner's Tale - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Glass Cloud - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Evening and the Morning and the Night - Octavia E. Butler
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Night of the Cooters - Howard Waldrop
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Angel - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Shades - Lucius Shepard
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Faithful Companion at Forty - Karen Joy Fowler
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Candle in a Cosmic Wind - Joseph Manzione
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Emir's Clock - Ian Watson
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Ever After - Susan Palwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Forest of Time - Michael F. Flynn
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Million-Dollar Wound - Dean Whitlock
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : The Moon of Popping Trees - R. Garcia y Robertson
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Diner - Neal Barrett
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : All the Hues of Hell - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Halley's Passing - Michael McDowell
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : America - Orson Scott Card
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : For Thus Do I Remember Carthage - Michael Bishop
Year's Best Science Fiction 05 : Mother Goddess of the World - Kim Stanley Robinson

Why am I pursuing this? Because I think I've read that story too....
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 19 Apr, 2011 10:53 pm
I think I have it:

Quote:
"Candle in a Cosmic Wind" by Joseph Manzione. Wow. The author's first published story is a tour de force of well-articulated hard science, dazzling plot, and fantastic characterization, revolving around a female Soviet soldier who is the sole survivor of an all-out nuclear war. Full of surprises!


From an Amazon review tracked down through Librarything.com

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312018541/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20
dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 04:24 am
@hingehead,
Well done Mr Hingehead
roger
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 02:05 pm
@djjd62,
Alan Dean Foster can be one of the best, and the absolutely worst science fiction writers ever.
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 02:10 pm
@roger,
so true
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 03:45 pm
@roger,
I concur.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 03:46 pm
@dadpad,
Thanks Dad. Did I mention I'm a librarian?
dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 07:40 pm
@hingehead,
Quote:
Did I mention I'm a librarian?

Do you wear glasses, a short skirt and climb ladders to put books on the top shelf?

I'm so there.
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2011 09:14 pm
@dadpad,
Might even shave my legs for you....
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