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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 09:39 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman's accent IS a national treasure. *drool*
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman must drink Dos XX beer, because apparently he is the most interesting may alive.
Sep. 7th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I wasn't drinking anything while I was reading this list. #11 made me laugh until my sides hurt.
Sep. 7th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
::Grin:: #11 is in the lead as the current Readers' Favorite.
(no subject) - mtlawson - Sep. 8th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 7th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman as the Chuck Noris of literature...You have made my day and I love you a just a bit more than I did before.
Sep. 7th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear it :-) Thank you.
Sep. 7th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
I had to read it twice before I realised you may have made some of these things up.

Thank you for making me laugh out loud at the laptop screen. That hasn't happened in a while. Truth.

Sep. 7th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome :-)

Also, I love the little snail!
Sep. 8th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Harper Collins has taken out a 2.5 million dollar insurance policy on Neil Gaiman’s accent.

Neil Gaiman once did the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen. In fifteen minutes. He won two Hugo awards for it.
*standing ovation*
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
When he won the Newbery he was on National Public Radio, and I got into the car, was listening to this guy talk about his book (it was halfway through the piece so I didn't know who it was or what the context was), and my first thought was, "I don't know who this author is, but he has an amazing voice."
(no subject) - aurora_84 - Sep. 8th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
I loved 11, but 16 was my very favorite.

Sep. 8th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I read #1 and started wondering whether he used the qwerty or dvorak layouts, and which would be easier...Then I read the rest and cracked up.
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Sep. 11th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
May I use your lovely icon - with credit, of course? I love that comic. :)
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(no subject) - apricot_tree - Sep. 11th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Heh! Loved this. Gaiman is the only celeb I follow on Twitter. I love his Tweets. They're interesting, comical, (adorably) humble, and sublime.
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
::dying of laugh:: This is kinda perfect.
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Linked here by a friend; this is more hilarious than jokes in this vein have any right to be. :D
Sep. 8th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Thanks :-) Very glad you enjoyed 'em!
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, but can Neil Gaiman out-do Chuck Norris?
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman taught Chuck Norris how to read.
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Hot diggity that's awesome.
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
This caused me to spit-take in the Minneapolis airport. Awesome. Particularly 14 and 16.
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