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Old 10th September 2017, 08:47 AM   #1
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Can you identify this sci-fi book for me?

I remember reading a book (a series?) when I was a kid during the late 70s. I remember almost nothing about it other than the spaceship had a 'food replicator' that you only had to think about the food you wanted and it would be produced. However, as a result of someone in the family thinking too hard about their food in the past, it would now only produce beans on toast or something.

Any thoughts?
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Old 10th September 2017, 09:09 AM   #2
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Could be worse. Could be Limburger on Melba toast.
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Old 10th September 2017, 09:17 AM   #3
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Think of something g pertinent besides food replicator .... food replicator just brings up endless Star Trek references (in mind and google)
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Old 10th September 2017, 09:45 AM   #4
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It might be Dragonfall 5.
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Old 10th September 2017, 12:05 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by BillC View Post
I remember reading a book (a series?) when I was a kid during the late 70s. I remember almost nothing about it other than the spaceship had a 'food replicator' that you only had to think about the food you wanted and it would be produced. However, as a result of someone in the family thinking too hard about their food in the past, it would now only produce beans on toast or something.

Any thoughts?
English author, I would assume.
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Old 10th September 2017, 12:23 PM   #6
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Did the food taste almost, but not quite, exactly unlike tea?
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Old 10th September 2017, 03:43 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Did the food taste almost, but not quite, exactly unlike tea?
I was going to say that.
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Old 10th September 2017, 06:05 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by BillC View Post
I remember reading a book (a series?) when I was a kid during the late 70s. I remember almost nothing about it other than the spaceship had a 'food replicator' that you only had to think about the food you wanted and it would be produced. However, as a result of someone in the family thinking too hard about their food in the past, it would now only produce beans on toast or something.

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Sounds like the sort of thing I would expect Larry Niven to come up with - perhaps something out if his "Puppeteers" universe (the "Known Space" series).

Does the name "Beowulf Shaeffer" ring a bell
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Old 10th September 2017, 07:09 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by smartcooky View Post
Sounds like the sort of thing I would expect Larry Niven to come up with - perhaps something out if his "Puppeteers" universe (the "Known Space" series).

Does the name "Beowulf Shaeffer" ring a bell
Niven never wrote anything like a thought-controlled food replicator, at least back in the 70s.

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Old 10th September 2017, 07:43 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Nowhere Man View Post
Niven never wrote anything like a thought-controlled food replicator, at least back in the 70s.

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Although I believe you are correct, the idea of a food replicator that only produced beans also made me think of Niven and his Puppters. Not thought controlled but a food replicator that was either uninspired or as humor? I can"t wuite wrap my brain around this vague memory...
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Old 10th September 2017, 08:15 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by BillC View Post
I remember reading a book (a series?) when I was a kid during the late 70s. I remember almost nothing about it other than the spaceship had a 'food replicator' that you only had to think about the food you wanted and it would be produced. However, as a result of someone in the family thinking too hard about their food in the past, it would now only produce beans on toast or something.

Any thoughts?
Wacky plots like that, I think Robert Sheckley
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You could try asking https://scifi.stackexchange.com/ques...identification
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One time I asked to identify a sci fi book here ... and our members got it straight away AND one member sent me the book for free!
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Old 16th September 2017, 11:22 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Yeggster View Post
One time I asked to identify a sci fi book here ... and our members got it straight away AND one member sent me the book for free!
Wondering if anyone can identify a book -- an autographed, First Edition of a collected chronicle about Martians by Ray Bradbury? I don't have one but would like to read it again...
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Old 16th September 2017, 11:53 AM   #15
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Wondering if anyone can identify a book -- an autographed, First Edition of a collected chronicle about Martians by Ray Bradbury? I don't have one but would like to read it again...
What??? .. why not go full bore!

The book I was thinking of started with 'Gutenberg' ... and ended in an 'E'
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Old 18th September 2017, 11:47 AM   #16
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English author, I would assume.
Seriously. I can't imagine an American even thinking of beans on toast.
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Old 23rd September 2017, 08:27 PM   #17
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Could be worse. Could be Limburger on Melba toast.
You take that back! It should be Limburger with RAW ONIONS on melba toast. Do you not know how to eat?
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Old 23rd September 2017, 08:32 PM   #18
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Seriously. I can't imagine an American even thinking of beans on toast.
At a company Christmas dinner I saw buttered toast and beans. As a man of the world I said, "I know what to do with this!" Yeah, it was dinner, not breakfast, but it was good.

Born in Minnesota. Learned it from my mom. Wanna make something out of it?
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Yet another "can you identify this sci fi book"

oops. wrong thread
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