Oh noes! The SIP meme game!

kivrin has the best meme-games:

Pick ten of your favorite books, look them up on, and find the list of Statistically Improbable Phrases for those novels. Pick a few SIPs from each book, list them here, and then have people guess what books they are. (Obviously, using Google or Amazon to figure it out is cheating.)

1. spectating fleet, remote delving, wormhole network, drive signatures
2. iron staircase / Dorothy L Sayers, Murder must advertise, kivrin
3. naked stars, blue fire, command chair
4. drive spines, single pack, castle yard
5. gravity polarizer, fusion tube, cargo pod, monopole source, thalium oxide
6. possessive instinct, fair beard, morocco case
7. hundred orbs, captain grunted, silver orbs, fifty leagues
8. purring voice, little revolver (hard, I'm afraid, but you've heard of it)
9. aged aged man, little golden key, beautiful soup, Lewis Carroll, Alice in wonderland, kivrin
10. loblolly boy, sheeted home, starboard guns

This turned out to be harder to set up than I'd thought, because many of my initial choices for books turned out not to be in print, or not to have SIPs listed on Amazon. And in one case, the title of the book I wanted was the only SIP given for it. Suxx0rz! (It is a freakin' crime that the author of #1 is mostly not in print in the US, because... urg, that would give it away.)

What's interesting to me is that at least three of these books are given away by a single SIP. And in a couple of other cases, I chose not to use total giveaway SIPs.

Answers in the final comment.
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#1 almost sounds like it should be a star trek or stargate book, but I don't fiugure you for a fan of those....

#5, 7 and 10 sound really familiar....

are you sure I can't cheat???

I may have to do this meme just to confuse you as much as you have me
The shameful confession is that there is a Trek book in that list, but it's by a wonderful wonderful writer. And it's a great SF book, Trekness aside.

Not #1, however. #1 is by one of the best living writers of SF, in my opinion. It's his/her most recent novel, not the one I actually wanted to choose.
# 3 is the Trek book, but which one? Hmmmm. You shouldn't be ashamed to have read a Trek book, I've read several. Theres a Q trilogy that's wonderful, explains several Trek thinkgs as Q's doing.

SF writer huh, I'm big into the SF, so gonna hafta think on that one for a while.

My list will be up soon.
yay! I spread the meme!
2. Murder Must Advertise!!! DLS!! (uh, right?)

9. Alice in Wonderland? Or is it Through the Looking-Glass?
Re: yay! I spread the meme!
Ding! Ding!

What's interesting to me is that on my Yet Another Boring Life Story journal, I posted the exact same game. My RL friends have gotten nearly everything except the two you just nailed.

Nobody's gotten #3 or #6, though.
Readers of my real-life non-LJ blog now have everything except #2, which Kivrin got with no effort at all :)
The answers:
1. Iain M. Banks, The algebraist
2. Dorothy Sayers, Murder must advertise
3. John M. Ford, The final reflection
4. Vernor Vinge, A fire upon the deep
5. Larry Niven, Protector
6. John Galsworthy, The Forsyte saga
7. Steven Brust, The Phoenix Guards
8. Raymond Chandler, The big sleep
9. Lewis Carroll, Alice in wonderland
10. Patrick O'Brian, Master and commander