Why yes, I object! It is unlawful and unethical! How dare you, you, renegade you!
Seriously. Rules are meant to be broken. This one probably breaks a dozen of them. It seems tricky to pull off, and likely many people won't like it. But it seems worth experimenting with, at the very least, esp since you seem to have gotten positive responses from your test bit.
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That being said, I have some problems conceptualizing it. First person is the author narrating, so how would they know what's going on in the other passages? Personally I would just use a very 'intimate' 3rd person for the human character.
Marion Zimmer Bradley did it in her Lew Alton/Regis Hastur DARKOVER novels (Lew's parts were first person and Regis's were third, if I remember correctly), but those were novels.
As smncameron points out, you should probably have a reason for the one point of view being included with the other, whether it is the third person narrator including someone's first person account, or the first person narrator telling about someone else in the third person, or whatever.
Nothing's stopping you switching like that.
BUT...I absolutely hate that. It drops me out of the story. It's confusing at a deep level. Why do it at all? What is the reason for changing the pov from 1st to 3rd? I mean, what do you gain? Two viewpoint characters instead of one in 1st? But then just write the whole thing in 3rd. Or, in 1st. I've seen that done.
China Meiville does it in "Perdido Street Station". The bulk of the book is third person (several POVs) but there are some first person passages in the early chapters. IMHO they would not work nearly so well in third person.
I can't say more without spoiling it. But I can recommend the book for anyone interested in dazzling SF prose which observes the "rules"--provided they don't get in the way.
we have a mutual friend that did the same trick in her novel. I loved it. I've seen it done in short stories. The first person had this italisized POV. Kind of looking down as a ghost would. It worked well in that one. Go for it, Adam.
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