[Libs-Or] Stumper

ALEXANDER Margaret Margaret.Alexander at ci.eugene.or.us
Mon Nov 9 17:27:49 PST 2015

Aww, I loved that group.  Glad to hear it survives in some form.

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Diedre Conkling
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2015 5:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Stumper

It is my understanding that Project Wombat, http://project-wombat.org/faq.shtml, is a good place to ask these kinds of questions.  Librarians all over the country will help you.  It use to be called Stumpers.

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:51 PM, Sarah Jesudason <sjesudason at ci.tualatin.or.us<mailto:sjesudason at ci.tualatin.or.us>> wrote:
Absolutely not Dune.

Artisan finger-typed communique.

On Nov 6, 2015, at 6:46 PM, Hartley, Melissa <melissa.hartley at oregonstate.edu<mailto:melissa.hartley at oregonstate.edu>> wrote:
How about:  Dune / by Frank Herbert?  First published 1965.


Desert planet
Hot atmosphere
Leathery skin
Magic substance that gives powers

Melissa Hartley
Valley Library
Oregon State University

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Holly Campbell-Polivka
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2015 4:16 PM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Stumper

Hi Great Brain,

I'm hoping someone can help me out with this stumper.

Here is what I know:

The juvenile science fiction book (or short story) begins with a guy being interviewed by a computer. He is sent to some sort of desert planet or desert world that is inhabited by beings with leather skin. It is very hot there, but there is a fruit he can eat that helps him tolerate the heat and also makes him be able to go very fast.

The patron is a gentleman who I would guess is in his 50s or 60s, and he read it as a kid, so I would guess it was probably published in the 1960s or before.

I did a google search and was able to find somebody else on a science fiction forum searching for what I believe may be the same book. The clue I got from that was that the person thinks the planet or world may be called something like Alpha. But I'm not sure if this is just a false lead or not. I'm wondering if the author possibly could be Robert Silverberg, and if the story may be Revolt on Alpha C, but I can't find enough of a description to find out whether it matches the patron's description, and when he reads the description, it doesn't ring a bell with him.

Any ideas?

Holly Polivka

Youth Services Librarian

Tigard Public Library


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