One of the stories we are often asked to tell at a convention is the one regarding our ill-fated first book. I don’t mind re-telling it because it really is a very funny story. I always say that we had a difference of opinion with the publisher. We thought we should be paid for the book and he thought he should keep all the money and move to Alaska. That always gets a chuckle. Inevitably someone in the back shouts “what’s his address?” This also gets a big laugh. Now I know it’s just a joke. I mean, you guys would never beat someone up for us… but I’ve also never posted the man’s address.
When I had my little on air altercation with BJ Shea you guys once again leapt to our defense. You contacted the show’s advertisers in such huge numbers that I actually received a call from the station director demanding I remove my post and threatening legal action if I didn’t call off the dogs. The fact is I never told you guys to do anything but I guess I should have expected it. I’m still sort of shocked by how fiercely some of you will defend us.
I got a call last night not from Harlan himself but from a sort of go between. Apparently some of you tried to destroy his website yesterday. I’m trying really hard not to smile. I certainly appreciate that many of you are pissed at Harlan but it’s really not fair to take it out on his webmaster. If you’d like to post on his boards you’re certainly free to do it, I’m not going to try and stop you. I think it’s important to keep your vicious insults directed at Harlan himself though.
Since the con I’ve had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about Mr. Ellison. Many of you have sent me stories about him that are pretty amazing. He’s certainly very well known in the Sci-Fi community. Honestly I think it would be cool to be friends with him. I think he might know Timothy Zahn.