Talk:Influences and references
I've just read Roadside Picnic and I'm confused about why you regard the "Mosquito Mange" as an influence or reference. Was this something Fred and Paul said in a chat session? Is there something in Star Control II that is similar? I've thought about it and I fail to see the connection. Please enlighten. --PsiPhi 00:59, 19 Jul 2005 (CEST)
That item was actually one to be researched further (which is why I put the question marks there). I haven't read the story myself yet, but it's been mentioned in the IRC channel as a possible origin of the "mosquito mange" expression which is used in SC2 when examining the Androsynth ruins: ":I see requests to the central computer for information -- data on `reality aberrations', the `Mosquito Mange' and, er, ghosts, poltergeists, and other malevolent supernatural creatures." -- SvdB 04:23, 19 Jul 2005 (CEST)
For those who want to do some work on this page, there are two threads at the PNF boards, which have some more useful info. Be sure to verify these though, as some are plain wrong.
-- SvdB 05:32, 19 Jul 2005 (CEST)
I've been doing some work on these references (mostly the names) and have put up the ones that seem the most likely given the context and time period. Here are a few more captain names that I wasn't sure enough on though:
- Danning - Sybil Danning (mentioned on one of the PNF board threads)
- Munro - Caroline Munro, famous scream queen
- Decker - character from ST:TMP or Commodore Decker of USS Constellation in the Original Series ('The Doomsday Machine' episode)
- Graeme - from characters in the Childe Cycle by Gordon R. Dickson (I've seen the characters' names also spelled Grahame so I'm not sure)
- Alura - the only thing I found was Superman's mother. This might just be a word-play on 'Allure'
- BOOJI-1 - reference to Booji Boy of Devo fame
Are any of these reasonable enough to include on this page? Also, if there are any that I've already put up that you disagree with, we can discuss and edit as needs be - I won't take it too personally. Next on the my list is to parse the works of the authors they mention, looking for references and such. Of course if we have fans of these works, they'd be the first and best to find those. Fyzixfighter 04:59, 3 Aug 2005 (CEST)
I think Alura was Supergirl's mother, not Superman's. -- PsiPhi 11:02, 5 Aug 2005 (CEST)
- You're right - I slipped up on that one. Is there any other possible Alura reference/inpsiration? Fyzixfighter 00:23, 12 Aug 2005 (CEST)