Strip by: superluser
Garfield's Grandfather: How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails. A singleton star, reddish and dim. A ragtag of asteroids, and a single planet.
Garfield's Grandfather: More like a moon.
Garfield: In this era the star hung near the galactic plane.
Garfield's Grandfather: Just beyond the Beyond.
The author writes:
Peanuts had Snoopy writing the opening lines to Paul Clifford by Edward G. E. Bulwer-Lytton. This Sunday*, Sally Forth has topped that by adapting the opening lines of Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. It seems that Garfield is missing out on this, and we have amended the situation by offering the opening lines to another great work of literature: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.
(Please note that the above does not imply that Paul Clifford was a good book).
[[Original strip: 1980-11-12.
* Admin note: The contributor submitted this strip on 2009-07-28.]]
Original strip: 1980-11-12.