Monday, 22 August 2016
References And Allusions
"...a cutlass that sailed with Decatur..." (p. 175)
Who was Decatur?
"...NASA's was the only game in town." (p. 8)
"The Only Game In Town" is an early Time Patrol story by Anderson.
"'Matuchek and Matuchek, confounders of the ungodly, rescuers of the afflicted, we also walk dogs! Yahoo!'" (p. 166)
"- We Also Walk Dogs" is an early Future History story by Robert Heinlein.
With these two phrases, Anderson recalls an earlier era of sf and does not even have to fit either story into the continuity of Operation Luna, although the Heinlein story is very tenuously connected because both Valeria Matuchek and blind Rhysling visit the Old Phoenix.
I have remarked on incorporation of titles into texts before. See here.