Funny / The Night's Dawn Trilogy

  • It stands as a testament to humanity's superior nature that even in the face of a galactic Armageddon, some people can still make witty comebacks:
    Joshua Calvert, after being arrested a second time by the same person: "Can't get enough of me, can you? So what is it this time? A million-fuseodollar fine for littering? Ten years hard labour for not returning my empties to the bar? Penal colony exile for farting in public?"
  • Al Capone delivers this one in 1920's style:
    "Goodbye to that goddamn pain in the ass Confederation!"
  • How about:
    ""Lagrange Calvert meeting a real live god! What a spectacle! We should be able to see that clash of egos from this side of the [Orion] nebula.""
  • This exchange:
    "I've always been a massive admirer of the Edenist ability to understate. But I think defining a chunk of land fifteen kilometres across that suddenly takes flight and wanders off into another dimension as a little problem is possibly the best example yet."
    "I never said little."
  • Hamilton has a way with these things; FYI a "serjeant" is a humanoid bitek soldier clad in crab-like armor:
    "The captain wanted to protest, but somehow the sight of a serjeant wearing slim purple sunglasses and a paisley-patterned backpack stopped the words from coming out."