That’s why when people ask me why I like science fiction I tell them “because it’s not as bizarre as real life.”
Strange things don’t happen to me, personally, very often, if ever, but I must remember that answer for the next time someone asks why I like science fiction. It’s true after all – the world is more bizarre than anything anyone could possibly make up. (Anyone, that is, except maybe China Mieville or Neal Asher)
UPDATE: Speaking of name coincidences, I should have mentioned that I live a couple of miles down the road from Bob Hope and for several years I lived one street over from Carole King.