Sunday, 25 June 2017

"Watch Out!"

There is probably no connection whatsoever between these passages.

When a bear attacks Rudi Mackenzie and his companions, both Rudi and Edain shout:

"'Watch out!'"
-SM Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady (New York, 2009), Chapter Fifteen, p. 436.

After a Terran spaceship has been hit in the attack on Avalon, Lieutenant Rochefort croaks:

"Watch Out!...Watch Out, are you there?'"
-Poul Anderson, The People Of The Wind, VIII, p. 536 IN Anderon, Rise Of The Terran Empire (Riverdale, NY, 2011).

"Watch Out" is the nickname of the Cynthian, Wa Chaou - who is dead.

Probably no connection although reading one work reminds us of the other.

5 comments:

  1. I had forgotten "Watch Out was Wa Chao's nickname. Obviously a rather bad pun on his real name.

    And the "watch out" from Stirling is most likely simply the kind of exclamation we have all of us sometimes used.

    Sean

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  2. Yup, no connection at all, I'm afraid!

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    1. Dear Mr. Stirling,

      I thought so!(Smiles)

      Sean

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    2. And here I was hoping I would be commended for my perspicacity!

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    3. A least you were right, Paul! (Smiles)

      Sean

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