On the odd chance anyone out is wondering how the subjects in radio interviews sound so darn coherent, I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s because folk like Rick Kleffel exist, and are really good at what they do. He managed to take 50 minutes of my hemming, hawing, and headscratching, and cut it down to 35 minutes wherin I actually sound like I can think on my feet REALLY FAST.
(In the interview, I mention a piece of “nerd humor” that I thought I’d already put up here, but hadn’t. It’s UNIX System Administrators—A Field Guide . I also vectored the falsehood that the story that gave us the term “Mary Sue” was written in cold blood. In reality, Paula Smith’s story A Trekkie’s Tale was itself a lampoon of prior tales exhibiting the flaw in question. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue_fanfiction .)