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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 07:58 pm:   

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/20/arts/20maca.html
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:45 am:   

I did the only appropriate thing, and hit him up for money.
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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 01:37 pm:   

I called his agent and made a lowball offer for his next novel, since he clearly doesn't need the advance. :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 04:03 pm:   

I'm pretty sure he's going to Disneyland now.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 09:05 pm:   

Hey, Jim,

Since you're lowballing here, I am happy to offer you my next novel.

As you know, rumor has it that I am John Twelve Hawks (see here: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/VeraNazarian/ ), so I too can afford a lowball deal.

My snappy pitch for the novel on offer:

DEOGASM -- a standalone literary fantasy about a world in the thrall of a Deity that experiences a cataclysmic orgasm once a millennium, and which comes as a natural disaster.

So, how about it?

And in case you think I am kidding yah, look here to see all my current projects on offer (scroll toward the bottom of the page):

http://www.veranazarian.com/bio.htm
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:43 pm:   

Chenius!
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James M. Pfundstein
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 05:43 am:   

How about Theorgasm? (Equally shocking to the devout, but less so to the philologist.)

Of course, "Theorgasm" sounds sort of like a kid's name in a fringe cult. ("Theorgasm! Have you seen your sister, Starknuckle-Dancer?")

JMP("Philological Emergency Management Administration")
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Rahul K
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 03:49 am:   

Wow, how did I miss that. I did a news story about one of our MacArthur award winners here at Stanford and I just skimmed the listing.

It's not as cool as being a super high tech fisherman though. Damn, that's good fodder for a sci-fi story.

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