Statistically Improbable Phrases

Apparently defunct; seems Amazon doesn't display these anymore. But I collected a few a while back, they seemed so wonderfully evocative of the primes of the story.

William Gibson's Neuromancer: simstim switch, toxin sacs, new pancreas, leather jeans, goddam thing.

Iain M. Banks's The Algebraist: spectating fleet, remote delving, old dweller, wormhole portal, wormhole network, diamond bubble, needle ship, little dweller, galactic community, diamond leaf, drive signatures, signal skin, failed assassin, war craft, drop ship, formal war, command space, access tube, dark ships, cloud tops.

Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: total perspective vortex, pikka bird, central mission module, jynnan tonnyx, stomping throb, supernova bomb, intergalactic cruise, new hyperspace bypass, white robots, large friendly letters, herring sandwich, galactic sector, supervising program, security robot, battle machine.

Frank Herbert's Dune: stillsuit manufacturer, panoplia propheticus, colonel bashar, gom jabbar, inkvine scar, ducal signet, factory crawler, poison snooper, voice from the outer world, stillsuit hood, weirding way, dew collectors, diamond tattoo, little makers, maker hooks, message cylinder, water flagon, funeral plain, death commandos, spice liquor, palm lock, prison planet, shield belt, terrible purpose, demanding memory.

Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs: oubliette room, food carrier, hockey mask, jack handle.

Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination: gutter tongue, sunward course, tool locker, burning man, tattooed face.

John Crowley's Little Big: folding bedroom, old orrery, imaginary study, alligator purse, guardian trees, tall bed, single eyebrow.

Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land: honey bun, seventh circle, grok people, stereo tank, babble box, bounce tube, posing show, water brother, naughty picture, water ceremony.

Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: lock thirteen, catapult head, ballistic radars, executive cell, new catapult, laser drills, grain barges, parking orbit, other warrens, new chum.

Iain M. Banks's Use of Weapons: crew lounge, open cluster, knife missile, ship drone, plasma rifle, combat suit, old raincoat.

Stepen King's The Gunslinger: high speech, gunslinger nodded.

Nancy Kress's Beggars in Spain: scooter factory, scooter races, retina print, other sleepless, work terminal, lucid dreaming.

Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers: regimental commander, boot chevrons, fleet sergeant, cap trooper, bulkhead thirty, assistant section leader, hand flamer, powered armor, combat drop, drop room, platoon sergeant.

Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game: dragon army, little doctor, bugger ships, bugger fleet, bugger wars, flash suit, battle school, toon leaders, null gravity, simulator field, frozen soldier, launch group, green green brown.

M. John Harrison's Viriconium: proton circuit, reborn man, pleasure canal, young queen, pastel towers, reborn men, nameless sword, plague zone, scarlet armour, power knife, energy cannon, false windows.

Richard Adams's Watership Down: evening silflay, chewing pellets, great burrow, beech hanger, lame rabbit, strange rabbit, hutch rabbits, elder bloom, shining wire, white blindness, other rabbits, earth pile.

T.H. White's The Once and Future King: pele tower, traitor knight, kitchen page, best knight, seventh sense.

Charles Stross's Accelerando: biophysics model, entity signifier, dumb matter, utility fog, pocket universe, wicker man, router network, simulation space, glances round, light sail, snaps her fingers, inner system.

Bruce Sterling's Schismatrix: launch ring, circumsolar space, corporate republic, feeble gravity, land panels, heavy gravity, diplomatic bag, plastic eyes.

Greg Bear's Eon: sixth chamber machinery, third chamber library, third chamber city, seventh chamber, flaw passage, geometry stacks, zero elevator, social roster, plasma tube, assigned ghost, fourth chamber, plasma front, gate opener, traction fields, southern cap, zero bridge, green badge, northern cap, mechanical workers, science team, first chamber, bore hole.

William Gibson's Idoru: human nervous tissue, black cups, pink bed, love hotel, video units.

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