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1.) Elms, A. C. (2001). "Apocryphal Freud: Sigmund Freud's Most Famous 'Quotations' and Their Actual Sources." Annual of Psychoanalysis, Volume XXIX: Sigmund Freud and His Impact on the Modern World, pp. 83-104. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.

"Sigmund Freud wielded a mighty pen. His many books and essays transformed our ways of thinking about ourselves and others. His technical terminology has become a part of our everyday language. Yet his most often quoted sentences were not written down by Freud and may not even have come from his tongue."

2.) Elms, A. C. (2001). "Solar Sails in Science Fiction." Planetary Society Web Page, Solar Sails section:

This essay traces the history of solar sails in science fiction, from the first brief suggestion in Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" to the first modern fictional discussions of solar sails in Cordwainer Smith's "The Lady Who Sailed 'The Soul,'" Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes, and Arthur C. Clarke's "Wind from the Sun." Smith's and Clarke's stories will be contained in a CD-ROM that will be aboard the first orbital solar sail, to be launched in Spring 2005.

3.) Elms, A. C. (2002). "Responsibilities." In Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men's Lives, edited by Robert J. Pellegrini and Theodore R. Sarbin. New York: Haworth Press, 2002, pp. 69-76.

"The year is 1938; the season is fall; and the place is De Leon, Texas. De Leon is a town of a thousand people, with two blocks of stores and a movie theater on Lower Main Street. Out near the edge of town, on Sipe Springs Road, are Holdridge's Market and the Elms Garage. An old open-doored delivery van is just now backing away from Holdridge's, the best place for barbecue in De Leon. In the front of the van are a young man named Vernon and his even younger wife, Letona. They have been married for nearly a year. They don't use the van for any sort of business; it was cheap, and it moves. Letona is, as folks say around here, in the family way. In a few more weeks she'll give birth to their first child. Vernon glances at her anxiously as he straightens out the van and heads down Sipe Springs Road. . . . "

4.) Elms, A. C. (2003). "Sigmund Freud, Psychohistorian." Annual of Psychoanalysis, Volume XXXI: Psychoanalysis and History, pp. 65-78. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.

"Attention to Freud's psychohistories has often been negative, emphasizing the inadequacies of his work as biography or history, or his confusion of his own personal issues with the character and achievements of his subjects. Yet Freud's tentative but pioneering efforts of six to nine decades ago launched a scholarly approach that has largely taken over the field of biography and has made significant inroads into history and cultural studies. When we look past the intermittent factual errors and poorly grounded leaps of inference, his work as a psychohistorian reveals a whole strategy of investigation, sharply different from what went before and still worth serious attention today."

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