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In Robert Heinlein's novel The Rolling Stones, when Mr. Stone retrieves the bicycles he'd jettisoned from the spaceship, he finds a note on them signed by the Galactic Overlord, a fictional character from the space opera Mr. Stone writes. Mr. Stone is puzzled, since nobody had the opportunity to place the note there. Who put that note on the bicycles, and when?

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    Are you doubting the existence of the Galactic Overlord!? – Paulie_D Sep 6 '16 at 19:41
  • @Paulie_D: I don't, but I don't understand how he could have hidden in the spaceship or otherwise access the bicycles. – b_jonas Sep 6 '16 at 19:49
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    The Galactic Overlord was, as I understand it, not only fictional but was multi-universal. He pops up in various guises in several later Heinlen books. So I guess he just popped out of one universe into another. It's all part of the "World as Myth" thing....erm... I think. – Paulie_D Sep 6 '16 at 19:52
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    In any case, although Hazel denies writing it, it seems likely that when she turns up rejeuvenated in The Cat who Walks Through Walls and starts time and universe hopping that she would have written it just to mess with him. – Paulie_D Sep 6 '16 at 20:00

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