Great Moments in Literature

“Outside it was one of those depressing blue-crystal-golden-drops-of-sunlight afternoons. The weather is always perfect at Four BEE, but now and then the Jang manage to sabotage something, and we get a groshing, howling sandstorm come sweeping in past the barrier beams to cheer us all up. I’ll never forget the time Danor and I, both female then, I might add, disabled the robot controller at Lookout 9A and let in a downpour of volcanic ash from one of the big black mountains outside, floods of it for units and units — everything went zaradann. They had to deliver food by bird-plane, and the roads were full of robots trying to dig us all out.”

–Tanith Lee, Don’t Bite the Sun, 1976

THE ENEMY CANNOT BE EXPLAINED IN MODERN TERMS, BUT, ITS FORMIDABLE APPEARANCE SHAKES THE ONLOOKERS!! SPAWN OF EARTH OR DENIZEN OF SPACE, THE THING IS ALMOST PLANET-SIZE AND FRIGHTENING TO BEHOLD…”

–Jack Kirby, BLACK PANTHER, Vol. 1, No. 2, “The Six-Million Year Man!,” 1977