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20 Neil Gaiman Facts

  1. Neil Gaiman once wrote a Nebula-winning story using only the middle row of his keyboard.
  2. Harper Collins has taken out a 2.5 million dollar insurance policy on Neil Gaiman’s accent.
  3. If you write 1000 words and Neil Gaiman writes 1000 words, Neil Gaiman has written more than you.
  4. Neil Gaiman does not use Microsoft’s grammar-check.  Microsoft uses a Gaiman-check.
  5. Neil Gaiman once did the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen.  In fifteen minutes.  He won two Hugo awards for it.
  6. Neil Gaiman is who the Ghostbusters call.
  7. Most agents charge a 15% commission.  Neil Gaiman’s agent pays him an extra 15% for the privilege of saying “I’m Neil Gaiman’s agent.”
  8. William Shakespeare once came back from the dead to ask for Neil Gaiman’s autograph.
  9. Neil Gaiman is the reason nobody teaches “I before E except after C” anymore.
  10. Some writers take inspiration from the muse.  The muse takes inspiration from Neil Gaiman.
  11. Neil Gaiman once groped Harlan Ellison.
  12. The pen is mightier than the sword; Neil Gaiman has mastered fourteen different styles of penmanship.
  13. Rumor has it that a NY editor rejected Neil Gaiman’s first book.  This can not be confirmed, as the editor in question was never heard from again.
  14. Neil Gaiman can tweet 175 characters.
  15. Neil Gaiman’s personal library includes an autographed copy of the Necronomicon.
  16. Hitler actually won World War II.  Then Neil Gaiman wrote an alternate-history story in which the allies won, and reality was too intimidated to argue the point.
  17. Some authors write in omniscient point of view.  Neil Gaiman lives it.
  18. Neil Gaiman’s next novel is expected to win the Nebula, the Hugo, and the Heisman Trophy.
  19. In any given week, 7 of the top 10 books on the NYT Bestseller List are by pseudonyms of Neil Gaiman.
  20. Neil Gaiman has never written a deus ex machina ending.  However, God once wrote a Gaiman ex machina ending.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Sep. 7th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
He did a signing at a bookstore I worked at. He hung out with the sellers, retreated to recieving for a while to hang with the shelvers and such. (He was also super nice to a friend of mine at a con when she interviewed him.)
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
#22(?). Whenever aliens land their flying saucer on the White House lawn, they don't bother with all that 'take me to your leader' nonsense. They just ask personally to see Neil.
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - punktortoise - Sep. 7th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Okay, I was finding it mildly amusing, (and trying to figure out if I could write a story where the only vowel was "a") until I reached #16. Then I just lost it. You are a very silly man.
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
#16 did it for me also. This list is just, as they say in some circles, "full of win"
(no subject) - jjschwabach - Sep. 7th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jimhines - Sep. 7th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm at a labor Day cookout. I had to share some of these.

I think my favorite is number 15.

BTW, Wookiee showed me a picture online of his personal library, and I drooled.
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: the library, you and me both!
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Linked here by a friend, this was awesome.
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Jim, you are an evil, evil man, and the world is a better place because of it.
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Why thank you!
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
In any given week, 7 of the top 10 books on the NYT Bestseller List are by pseudonyms of Neil Gaiman.

so he is really Stephanie Meyers?.. ewh.

and I too have a signed copy of the Necronomicon, plust my paperback has bitemarks on the cover... yeah, some folks say its the cat, but I know better.
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I think #3 might actually be true.
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Sep. 7th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I actually read through about eight different Chuck Norris sites, trying to get the feel for the list before doing this one :-)

Also, wow. (And I would have needed to check the spelling on that too.)
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Sep. 7th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
amazing. Twittering this @neilhimself. :D
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Baba Yaga moved her house because it was obstructing Neil's view.
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman invented mythology, just so he'd have something worth writing about.
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
He then invented writing.
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Sep. 7th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Today, you have won the Internet. It is yours for the rest of the day to do with at your whim.
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