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Author Topic: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE  (Read 3408 times)

Diz

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Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« on: July 27, 2016, 02:53:59 PM »

Story by Isaac Asimov: "Try Sarah Tops" from Boys Life magazine in 1975.

https://books.google.com/books?id=WRJwbbbmYCUC&pg=PA24&lpg=PA25&focus=viewport&output=html_text

If you turn to the following page 25, there is a beautiful accompanying illustration by Lorraine Fox:



« Last Edit: July 28, 2016, 11:23:18 AM by ta0 »
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lincolnrick

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Re: Try Sarah Tops
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2016, 03:44:30 PM »

That's'a very beautiful (and very accurate) depiction of of a very pretty top. Nice find, thanks for sharing!
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2016, 11:42:10 PM »

Ha!  Try Sarah Tops!!!
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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2016, 11:46:37 PM »

this is delicious @-@
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Diz

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2016, 12:21:55 AM »

I had this issue and always remembered this painting. It really looks like she did her research to get the profile of the top just right. And thanks ta0 for helping me get the image in the post. I couldn't figure out how to do that from the Google books page.
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ta0

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2016, 12:49:03 AM »

Thanks for posting that story, Diz .

The drawing is very nice, with a realistic top. I am not sure if I recognize the top: the crown is unusual. But at least the rest was copied from an actual top.

The story is not by any stretch one of Asimov's best, but the ending is funny.  ;D Reminded me this: link.
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Diz

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2016, 01:29:35 AM »

Funny that you should refer me to that link. Although I did not work on the Triceratop Spin I was one of the designers on the two attractions on either side of it. So there is a coincidence there of sorts! :)
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2016, 06:44:27 AM »

Really? 
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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2016, 11:20:32 AM »

Funny that you should refer me to that link. Although I did not work on the Triceratop Spin I was one of the designers on the two attractions on either side of it. So there is a coincidence there of sorts! :)
Nice! Designing rides for Disneyworld must be a great job!

I have a riddle related to this story. Who can solve it?
Let's improve Asimov's story from our point of view  ;) Instead of hearing: Try Sarah Tops, the woman understood:

Spin Sarah's Top

Where was the diamond?   >:D
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ta0

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2016, 07:48:39 PM »

Clue: the Triceratops is not the only dinosaur with a top sounding name . . .   ;)
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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2016, 09:54:58 PM »

Stegosaurus?  Maniraptors?  Pachycephalosaurus?  (just some wild guesses)
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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2016, 10:18:53 PM »

Stegosaurus?  Maniraptors?  Pachycephalosaurus?  (just some wild guesses)

It will be obvious when you get the right dinosaur.  :D

This is exactly how it unfolded:

The man is barely breathing, but he tries to say something:
"The . . .  errgh . . . diamond . . . is . . . oh no . . . I am dying . . . sorry . . . e-e-erh . . . "
Seemingly unable to speak, he stretched his hand and wrote on the grown using his own blood: S-P-I-N
but he lacked strength to continue. The woman put his ear close to his mouth and could barely hear him say:
" . . . ooh . . . Sarah's . . . top . . . oorrgh"
exhaling his last breath and dying with the eyes wide open.
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Diz

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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2016, 10:34:48 PM »

Ceratosaurus? It has Sarah in it at least!
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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2016, 10:22:39 AM »

Ceratosaurus? It has Sarah in it at least!

The guy had an accent, so Ceratosaurus would have sounded like Sarah-to-Sarah's  ;)

Bigger than T-Rex, could have eaten a Triceratops! And spintop related name!
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Re: Try Sarah Tops by Asimov + RIDDLE
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2016, 07:43:53 PM »

I was sure that Jack's googling prowess was going to solve this in no time . . .
I'll give you a few more hours before revealing the solution (and unleashing on the forum what was perhaps the biggest top predator ever!  >:D )
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