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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.


Sep. 7th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome :D

DH, DD (who hadn't quite learned to walk yet), and I once met Neil Gaiman at a book signing. He was so nice, and the reason the line-up moved so slowly turned out to be that he was talking to everyone, doing sketches in their books (my copy of Neverwhere now has a monster peeping out around the flyleaf saying "Mind the Gap"), and saying "Sure!" to all requests for photos. Guy is a class act.
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
That matches everything I've heard about the man.
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
He does seem nice. When he was presenter at the 2004 Hugos and won one, he didn't look like he took it for granted at all. In fact, when I went through a little while later he was on the stage by himself, looking at the statuette, and he still had this "Oh wow!" look on his face. I shouted "Congratulations!", he said "Thanks!", and there was this unspoken "Can you believe it? Isn't this incredible?" hanging in the air.
Nope. Not presumptuous at all.


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