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#148890 - 09/14/08 10:20 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: Eric]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
"Newt" from "aliens"

Alone, unarmed and perhaps six years old her character survives amidst an entire colony of some of the deadliest monsters to come out of fiction.

IMO survival, unlike what is presented in the survival gun porn depictions, is seldom fighting the the enemy and threatening forces. Usually the forces arrayed against us will be of a size and form you can't actually fight. Except in rare situations the forces cannot be faced down. You can't square off against a wildfire, or a hurricane or the storm surge it brings. Your only chance is to flee, roll with the punches or, at best, you hunker down and try to ride it out.

The primary traits are not will, physical bravery and a willingness to fight. They are patience, endurance and adaptability.

And for these traits the character of "Newt" is a good example.

To refresh your memory of the movie:

#148950 - 09/15/08 02:07 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: Art_in_FL]
Erik_B Offline

Registered: 08/10/07
Posts: 315
Loc: Somewhere in my own little wor...
we are ALL blasphemers!! for none hath named supreme the great Lord Chuck!!!11!

Originally Posted By: scafool
Camping teaches us what things we can live without.

Originally Posted By: ironraven
...Shopping appeals to the soul of the hunter-gatherer.

#149020 - 09/15/08 07:44 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: benjammin]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2326
Rod Walker - Tunnel in the sky

#149021 - 09/15/08 08:03 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: benjammin]
JFBat Offline

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 18
Loc: NYC
James "Slippery Jim" diGriz from the Stainless Steel Rat series.

Closely followed by Jason dinAlt from the Deathworld series.

Both series are written by Harry Harrison.

#149131 - 09/16/08 12:12 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: Erik_B]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
No demi-gods allowed, that's why.

You can't use CN, because it isn't fair to the rest or the pantheon. There's got to be a chance the character might fail. Besides who can aspire to such greatness. You gotta give us a little hope.

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#149223 - 09/16/08 06:54 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: JFBat]
GameOver Offline

Registered: 09/23/05
Posts: 73
Loc: VA, USA
Oh, the Stainless Steel Rat, I have not thought of that one in a long time. Love those Harry Harrison books (of course, I even read "Bill the Galactic Hero" books).

One of mine would be Tim Hamner from Pournelle and Niven's "Lucifer's Hammer". Basic tech geek (astronomer) ends up surviving the post-comet impact world. Makes me think there is hope for geeks like me.

I also really enjoyed Gordon from David Brin's "The Postman" (read the book - even if you have seen the movie).
It may not be our fault, but it is our problem.
-- Mike

#149413 - 09/17/08 09:20 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: GameOver]
Air_Pirate Offline
It looked easier on TV!

Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 56
Loc: Memphis, TN
Indiana Jones, MacGyver (who's first name was Angus FYI) are both great but how about Max Rockatansky aka "Mad Max"? I also like Jack Reacher of the novels by Lee Child, all the smarts and wit of James Bond, with the toughness and physical power of say Rambo...or an Abrams tank.

#149421 - 09/17/08 10:11 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: benjammin]
Eric Offline

Registered: 09/09/06
Posts: 323
Loc: Iowa
Does this mean that Bolo's are off limits (as fictional characters) too? I had my heart set on surviving in style with my continental siege engine. I guess I could settle for having Retief along instead. He always seems to overcome the environment and the bureaucrats while ending up in the company of a bevy of beautiful women.

- Eric
You are never beaten until you admit it. - - General George S. Patton

#149422 - 09/17/08 10:57 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: Eric]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Yes, but WHICH Bolo?

I rather like 721-KNE, aka "Sir Kendrick Evilslayer".

"I am a sentient in armor... It is the duty of the armored sentient, identification as knight-errant, to protect the weak and use strength in the service of justice. My name is not Kenny. That is not a name proper... I am Sir Kendrick. It is my mission to protect."

Kinda defines the line between artificial intelligence and "heck with it, we're all people here."

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#149425 - 09/17/08 11:28 PM Re: Favorite Fiction Survival Character [Re: benjammin]
Pondering Offline

Registered: 09/18/07
Posts: 9
What? No vote for Jeebee in Wolf & Iron by Gordon Dickson? Overweight, outta shape and takes on a bear with a bowie. I can relate. At least with overweight and outta shape part...

Edited by Pondering (09/17/08 11:30 PM)
Edit Reason: Memo to self: Proof read THEN post.

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