From: "ArchD'Ikon Zibethicus"
Subject: Re: (urth) Nicknames? Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 04:15:32 +0000 >First, welcome. Thank you. >Your existing name is perfect, actually. _Ondatra zibethicus_ or the >Common Muskrat - you fit right > in with Nutria and alga. That's the one! In honour of Deacon Mushrat from `Pogo'... >If you want to subscribe to a digest version of the mailing list, >This should be the same info you get via email when you join the list. Yes, thanks; I have now (hopefully) attended to this. I either didn't get or didn't notice the E-mail in question when I posted the preceeding message. I will try to poke around in the archives, time permitting. >I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say. You can't be any >crazier than the last few people who have joined the discussion. Many would disagree! (However, I suppose that's my cue for a tedious brief introduction...) I can tell a hawk from a handsaw well enough when the wind is in some quadrants, but only on some days... I am an ageing, irritable recluse in increasingly poor health, living in poverty with my young family in the Blue Mountains of Australia (which very nearly got burned a couple of days ago in bushfires). I was introducted to `Shadow' in the mid-1980s by a friend who mistook me for an intellectual, and I immediately realised that I had encountered a uniquely significant fantasy author. I read `Shadow', I believe, in a single weekend session, and then immediately sought out the rest of the series. The rest, as they say is history. What more is there to say? Oh, yes - I have kept in touch with the development of the Long Sun and Short Sun series, of course, as well as gathered everything else I can find. I hope that they _never_ attempt to film the Book of the New Sun, but I can see in my mind's eye a deluxe anniversary hardback edition sumptuously and strikingly illustrated by Barry Moser's beautiful woodcuts... Other authors whom I particularly enjoy include (off the top of my head) Ambrose Bierce, James Branch Cabell, J. G. Ballard, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Amit Chaudhuri, R. A. Lafferty, Alasdair Gray and Jonathan Carroll. Look forward to talking, ->Zx<- _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8 with e-mail virus protection service: 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=features/virus --