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So I eventually finished Burning Desires, by “Fred Sparkrock”, which I mentioned a while ago might possibly have been an early work by Eric Flint, but was definitely written by someone familiar with SF tropes and fandom. Possible clues as to authorship:
• Multiple references to “Yngvi is a louse”.
• Detailed knowledge of karate, with lots of specific jargon used.
• Some place names that feel like Tuckerizations, especially “Lindakar”.
• A bit that feels like it has to be an in-joke of some sort: a bird called an “ottuff-jay” that makes repeated calls of “jooooo deeee”.

Later: I think I’ve found out what that last thing was in reference to, as well as another possibility for who the real author is. Andrew J. Offutt was a science fiction author from the 1950s to the early 80s. He had a wife whose name was Jodie. AND, most significantly, the author of hundreds of porn novels. I don’t know if Offutt was the kind of person who would self insert as a silly bird, but I’m willing to bet that the author of this book at least knew him.

If you’re interested in reading it yourself, the text can be found online here.

ETA: Over on Facebook, Jack Haringa found two clear references to Fred Sparkrock as a pseudonym of Robert Vardeman.
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We all know some SF fans who demonstrate the roots of the word in "fanatic" with their overwhelming enthusiasm. Here's a music video by one. Lyrics not safe for most workplaces.

Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
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I have mentioned Daryl Gregory before in this LJ, as one of my favorite new authors. Last week, I was checking out his blog, where he mentioned that he had Advance Review Copies for his new novel. After some encouragement from [livejournal.com profile] kestrell, I sent him a note asking if a mere sometime blog-reviewer like myself might get one of those ARCs. Not only was he happy to do so, but it turns out that he is a fan of *my* work! "Thief and the Freedom Force games are in my top ten all-time favorite list." It is still wonderful and surprising for me to discover people who've enjoyed the games I've worked on.

While discussing this at work, I mentioned the long-known fact that Terry Pratchett is a huge fan of Thief, and plays user-made fan missions all the time. Someone else in the office mentioned that an ex-colleague of ours, Jordan Thomas, is apparently engaged to marry Pratchett's daughter Rhianna (who herself works in the game industry).

It's a small and interestingly-connected world.
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A crazed fan gets Neil Gaiman to help him propose marriage to his girlfriend. There are lots of pictures. The most relevant one is of how Neil signed her copy of Absolute Sandman v.2. It's all in silver ink: a sketch of Sandman, with a little crescent moon above, her name at the top, his signature at the bottom, and off to one side: "P.S. -- Will you marry Jason?". The whole thing is worth a read.
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A crazed fan gets Neil Gaiman to help him propose marriage to his girlfriend. There are lots of pictures. The most relevant one is of how Neil signed her copy of Absolute Sandman v.2. It's all in silver ink: a sketch of Sandman, with a little crescent moon above, her name at the top, his signature at the bottom, and off to one side: "P.S. -- Will you marry Jason?". The whole thing is worth a read.

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