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Lewis Carroll

Or, if you prefer, the original can be found elsewhere. It’s always nice when things I want to abuse like that are in the public domain. (Obligatory Lessig link.)
But beyond that, think how much poorer literature in the computer science field would be if we didn’t have Alice In Wonderland to freely quote from, adapt, and re-imagine.
On the other hand, I think we might have ended up with Adam and Bob talking instead of Alice and Bob (pdf). (For both non-cryptographers in the audience, very early in the public academic study of cryptography, the paper that introduced the RSA system used “Alice” and “Bob” to represet the two people trying to communicate in secret. Alice and Bob, and their ongoing attempts to have a conversation, plot a rebellion, communicate while in jail, and play poker long distance.)