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Adam-Troy
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 10:29 am:   


So, the contract has arrived, via e-mail, its one sticky point the proviso that
I must deliver the book by February 1, 2005. I have sent back a gentle reminder
that I don't possess a time machine, and expect the correction by the end of
the day.

I have also received the go-ahead to announce the project.

As stated before, this is NOT the previously completed novel, which I am still
polishing over the next month. The new contract will not interfere with that
or with other fiction projects.

This book is for BenBella, the publisher of the essay collections on Harry Potter,
Alias, Hitchhiker's Guide, King Kong, Superman, X-Men, and Lost.

They like my stuff and asked me if I knew of any pop culture phenomena I could
do an entire book on.

I suggested, and they bit.

Regular followers of my Sff.Net newsgroup will not be surprised to find out
that the book in question, to be published in the fall of 2006, is a snarky,
opinionated guide to eight incarnations of...

...yes...

...THE AMAZING RACE.

The Eighth Race, with its teams of four family members, scheduled to air in
September, will be included.

And yes, that eighth race will still be recapped here. In fact, since the book
will be somewhat more than just a collection of episode synopses, the recaps
on sff.net will be considerably longer and more detailed than their equivalents
in the book.

Title, publication date, table of contents, and ISBN information will all be
provided when available.
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 10:35 am:   

By "here," I mean my topic on sff.net.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 10:48 am:   

Congrats, Adam-Troy! Hey, that's cool. I love The Amazing Race. Did you know they're re-running all the old episodes every night at 9 PM on Game Show Network (GSN)? They're on the third or fourth episode of season three now.

I have to be careful about reading any thread on the show though, as I don't want to be spoiled. I don't know who wins any of the old seasons, so I can watch them fresh now. (The first one I watched was the most recent season, the one with Rob & Amber from Survivor, and so now I went and got hooked.)

That's interesting that the new season will have four member teams. Are they all actually *family* members, or are they all just four-person teams (i.e. four people with an existing relationship)?

I've been thinking that it would be really cool to be a contestant on the show, except that I suck at following directions and reading maps, and I don't speak any foreign languages, and have never been out of the country before. So if I was on it, I'd likely be eliminated quickly, unless I had a really sharp partner. :-)
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Adam-Troy
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

I am indeed using the GSN shows for research.

The 8th Race will be "family" teams, specifically, with some players as young as eight.

My wife and I have applied to be on a number of times, but this doesn't suck either. (8-D)
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 06:20 am:   

Have scored the first interview: Jonathan and Victoria, from Race 6.

Will give them credit: they agreed to it even after I told them how unkind I'd been, discussing their antics in the past.
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 01:40 pm:   

More interview news coming. Turns out I'll be talking to LOTS of these guys.
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Friday, September 02, 2005 - 10:59 am:   

Second Interview scored: Jon and Al, the Clowns from Race #4.
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 12:10 pm:   

Probable title:


"My Ox is BROKEN!": Detours, Roadblocks, Fast Forwards, and Other Great Moments from TV's Amazing Race
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 06:12 pm:   

Just spent a fun hour on the phone with the clowns
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Adam-Troy
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 06:49 am:   

The teams of four, for the upcoming "family edition," a somewhat more modest
race confined to the Americas (and, I think, North America in particular), has
been announced. They are as follows:

The Linz Family from Cincinnati. Siblings. Tommy, 19; Megan, 21; Nick,
24; Alex, 22.

The Bransens from Park Ridge, Il. Dad and Daughters. Walter, 51;
Elizabeth, 25; Lauren, 22; Lindsay, 20.

The Rogers from Shreveport, La. Parents and kids. Denny, 46; Renee,
42; Brock, 19; Britney, 22.

The Weavers from Ormond Beach, Fl. Widow and kids. Linda, 46; Rachel,
16; Rebecca, 19; Rolly, 14.

The Schroeders from N'Awlins. Dad, Stepmom, and Kids. Mark, 40, Char,
39; Stassi, 16; Hunter, 14.

The Aiellos from Mansfield, Mass. Dad and his three sons-in-law. Bound
to be interesting. Lotsa family pressure here. Tony, 57;
David, 26; Matt, 31; Kevin, 31.

The Paolos from Carmel, NY. Parents and sons. Tony, 52 (another Tony);
Marion, 52; son DJ, 24; Brian, 16.

The Gaghans from Glastonbury, CT. Parents and kids. Bill, 40;
Tammy 42; Billy, 12; Carissa, 9. (Billy and Carissa are
REAL cute.)

The Godlewskis from Des Plaines, Ill. Sisters. Tricia, 26, Christine
37. Sharon 39, Michelle 42. Pick the change of life
baby.

The Blacks, from Woodbridge, Va. Parents and kids. Reggie, 42; Kim,
40; Kenneth, 11; Austin, 8.
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:26 am:   

And just interviewed Marshall, of the Pizza Brothers.
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 06:26 am:   

Have run into a significant roadblock (sorry) talking to further racers, but am working on it.

In the meantime: waaaah! That look on Carissa Gaghan's face!

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