January 20th, 2006

Obscure SF reference

Rereading The Years of Rice and Salt...

'Because of his growing conviction that history should be the story of everyone who had ever lived, he was now studying anthologies of biography as a genre, and had many examples of the form in his apartment...

[long discussion of and list of books]

...'He also liked... a beautiful volume 'Two Hundred and Fifty-three travellers' '...

I think we can probably assume that this number of travellers is not a wild coincidence.