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.


Sean M. Brooks said...

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.


S.M. Stirling said...

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

Sean M. Brooks said...

Dear Mr. Stirling,

I thought so!(Smiles)


Paul Shackley said...

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

Sean M. Brooks said...

A least you were right, Paul! (Smiles)