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first edition of Scribblings
Author L. Sprague de Camp
Cover artist M.H. Keith
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short stories, poetry and essays
Publisher NESFA Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 95 pp

Scribblings is a 1972 collection of writings by science fiction and fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp to celebrate his appearance as Guest of Honor at Boskone IX, a convention sponsored by the New England Science Fiction Association. The Association served as publisher.[1][2]

The book contains short works of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and aphorisms. Among the stories are the complete set of de Camp's four short "Drinkwhiskey Institute" series of tall tales.


  • "A Word of Explanation" (introduction)
  • Probability Zero
    • "The Effects of Time Travel" (story in the "Drinkwhiskey Institute" series)
    • "The Negative Wugug" (story in the "Drinkwhiskey Institute" series)
    • "The Moveable Ears" (story in the "Drinkwhiskey Institute" series)
    • "The Lusts of Professor Adams" (story in the "Drinkwhiskey Institute" series)
  • Jingles
    • "Preferences" (poem)
    • "Carnac" (poem)
    • "The Elephant" (poem)
    • "Leaves" (poem)
    • "The Trap" (poem)
    • "The Newt" (poem)
    • "African Night" (poem)
    • "A Night Club in Cairo" (poem)
    • "Xeroxing the Necromonicon" (poem)
  • It Might Interest You to Know
    • "How to Hunt Dinosaurs" (essay)
    • "Pfui on Psi" (essay on psychic powers)
    • "Lost Cities" (essay)
    • "Government Bug-Hunter" (essay on Clinton Hart Merriam)
    • "Three Thirds of a Hero" (poem)
    • "Books That Never Were" (essay on lost and imaginary books)
  • "Aphorisms" (aphorisms)


  1. ^ Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 89–90. 
  2. ^ "[1]" - publication information at NESFA Press