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Wasn't there a story presented in the form of dictionary entries in one of the Dangerous Visions volumes? Can you think of any short stories written entirely as excerpts from dictionaries or encyclopedias? If so, will you please name them here or here?

Date: 2013-12-11 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
Monique Wittig and Sande Zeig, Lesbian Peoples. A wonderful dictionary/novel.

The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavić was another novel told in dictionary entries.

Joanna Russ did a fabulously funny story told entirely in sentences from a space traveler's phrase book. "Useful Phrases for the Tourist" was the title. Oh God, I am so sorry she is dead.

Date: 2013-12-12 12:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
The Khazar book came in two versions: male and female. I believe the difference was no more than a single paragraph.

Date: 2013-12-11 11:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] onyxlynx
There's a vague recollection of something possibly by Joanna Russ. Camiroi, I think. Wait. No, that turns out to be Lafferty. "Useful Phrases for the Tourist." Bless Wikipedia!

Date: 2013-12-12 12:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wild_irises
Brian Aldiss has a wonderful one, but I can't remember the title (I thought it was "Camiroi," but as [personal profile] onyxlynx points out, that's Lafferty. I'll see if I can dredge it out of my brain.

Date: 2013-12-11 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaberett
Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide To Fairyland.

Date: 2013-12-14 02:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ifreet
Which answers the question of whether I should try to track down the Stargate Atlantis one.


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