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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,


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