I posted my query to  comp.lang.javascript  and was given the answer:

     You want
     var Qr = document.getSelection(); var Qa = prompt('Author...', Qr);
     at least for Netscape 4 and later, and for Opera 7.

I re-wrote my bookmarklet ever so slightly so that it now reads:

      <a href="javascript:var Qr=document.getSelection();
       var Qa=prompt('Author...',Qr);
       var Qt=prompt('Title...',Qr);if(Qa&&Qt)
       Combined Author and Title... FFX</a>

I tried it and it worked perfectly.

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