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Can't remember title of story

Discussion in 'Books' started by MorayJ, Jun 6, 2008.

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  1. MorayJ

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    Hi all,

    I read a short story many years ago in which all advertising has been honed to precision.

    I the story, they can calculate with statistics the exact day of death for individuals. One man is receiving all these letters encouraging him to buy a funeral from them as he is going to die on x date.

    He is furious and determined not to be a stat and the whole story is the build up to his death day as he competes with the faceless funeral advertisers.

    He survives! - and the following day an ad drops through his door saying that people who outlive their death day are prone to senile dementia - "Can we interest you in our care home?"

    That's the rough gist anyway. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I can't work out how to google for it as it's too vague.

    Thanks in advance with crossed fingers

    MorayJ
     
  2. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Not that one.

    I remember a short about a guy who designs a system where he can read a human beings lifeforce and tell them the exact date/time he will die. He gives the report on paper to those asking for it. He refuses to look at his own results though I think. Or he did and he knew it was coming and prepared for it with letters left to people (a news reporter?). No one in this story I read managed to avoid their death though.
     
  3. MorayJ

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    So that's two stories we don't know the titles of now :) Anyone for either...?
     
  4. Laura T.

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    Rose for Kevin

    Dear Friends,

    I have one for you, and I'm hoping you can help. Please don't just say "I don't know"...please....:cry: I'm desperate.

    Years ago, I had a sci/fi romance fantasy book that was about two warring Zodiac signs. basically water signs kingdom jeopardized by fire signs world.

    Chapter One: The Pisceans were trying to prepare for war, because the evil fire-mage in his mountain wanted to destroy them. The cover art of this book was fabulous. Pastel water colors. I think there was some kind of embossing on the front because it glistened in the sunlight. There may have been two merfolk (quite small) swimming in this soft sea-foam jade sea. Inside Chapter One: we have our merfolk lovers (male and female) preparing for war along with all the other Pisceans. They fear they will be separated.

    Chapter Two: War. The fire signs attack the water signs with all the fury they are capable of. The lovers are parted.

    Chapter Three: The denounement of the battle and aftermath. The lovers are reunited, but the Pisceans took heavy casualties, and it will take a long time to rebuild their world.

    The chapters may have been named. The book was mass market and quite thick.

    I really loved this book, but somehow it got lost. Can anyone help?

    Sincerely,
    Laura T.
     
  5. Laura T.

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    Something nteresting...Probably wrong

    :) Dear Friends,

    I have been looking (I have no life of course) for my book...the romance/sci/fi fantasy merfolk book.

    I have been perusing the Locus Database. The database I've been recently looking at covers 1984-1998. Everything is broken down by title, author, date published, ISBN No., etc. , even cover artist. Louis Barrow, an English author, published a book in 1991. Three stories are printed in one book.

    Supernatural Romance of Suzanne; Conquest of Demon Cabeto; Alien Mountain Giants.

    Now, I remember thinking when I bought the book that the title was so inane that it couldn't possibly fit anything...and ever after when I'd look at the book, I would say "This really is a stupid title."

    I've gone to Alibris to see if there is a synopsis and a picture of the cover. None. I cannot get any access to a cover.

    There are two ISBN Nos.

    UK: 0951824007
    US: 9780951824009

    I don't know if this is it.

    Any suggestions? I can buy the book from Alibris..sight unseen for $16.95 (fine condition), or excellent condition ($20.00):rain:

    Thanks so much.

    Sincerely,
    Laura T.
     
  6. Tom

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