A small Firefly shoutout in an Analog story!


Hey! Just a quick post as I bed headwards this evening, because there was something cool I came across as I read on the bus this morning. I was cruising through the second half of a novella by Richard A. Lovett, fourth in a series about an AI implant named Brittney, called “Music to Me.” Brittney is a big fan of human videos and music, and she’s confronting another group of AIs who want her to join them on the web, leaving her new human partner behind. Suddenly, I come across this passage…

Another vid-line popped to mind:

“A man learns the details of a situation like ours, then he has a choice,” one character says–implying the man in question could either help make the situation right, or ignore it.

The response: “I don’t believe he does.”

Damn, I wanted that vid back too. I’d kept key vid-lines in core memory, but when I’d lost the vids, I’d also lost many of the titles. In this case, all I remembered was something about lightning bugs in space, which seemed dubious.

In case you’re not a Browncoat, the lines are classic Joss Whedon dialog from the episode “The Train Job,” with the second one delivered by Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds. It’s all very casual, not including titles or character names, probably to avoid giving FoxCorp a trademark infringement claim, but I love the bit about dubious lightning bugs in space.

So goodnight, and shiny dreams!

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3 Responses to A small Firefly shoutout in an Analog story!

  1. Trisha says:

    Loyal Browncoat reporting for duty! hehe

    I love Firefly and Serenity so much it seems to hurt sometimes đŸ™‚

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  2. Richard A. Lovett says:

    I”m glad you liked it! I was rewatching that episode when that line popped up as I was working on the story The character loves classic film and literature, so there’s no problem with quotes/references. The “lightning bugs” thing hopefully didn’t go over too many folks’ heads!

    Richard A. Lovett
    Portland, Oregon

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