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(AP)   Sci-fi author invents robotic pen to sign autographs from afar, draw a map to Sarah Connor   ( divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2006-03-06 08:18:04 AM  
See Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine.
2006-03-06 09:00:39 AM  
This has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Why would somebody want a personalized book in such an impersonal fashion?
2006-03-06 09:14:17 AM  
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Tom Jefferson beat you by 200 years.
2006-03-06 09:40:25 AM  
"I think of this as a democratizing device," said Atwood, whose appearances draw hundreds of fans willing to stand in long lines for a word and an autograph.

I think of this as a device for Ms. Atwood to avoid the lowly sci-fi dregs she has obviously outgrown. Now if she can just get that debit card reader attached to the machine...
2006-03-06 10:30:22 AM  
since when did margaret atwood become a sci-fi author?

She wrote a definite sci-fi novel, the rest seem more contemporary fantasy, with strong elements of soul-destroying misery?
2006-03-06 12:40:53 PM  
So ends the hand made's tale.
2006-03-06 01:05:07 PM  
Theobold Holsopple

I hate her books and came in here to complain, but you, sir, changed my purpose. Now I'm here to congratulate you on your great joke.
2006-03-06 01:31:20 PM  
I think of this as a device for Ms. Atwood to avoid the lowly sci-fi dregs she has obviously outgrown.

Atwood has NEVER been a "sci-fi author", not really. She has always had literary pretensions, and she is not marketed to a genre readership. She is solidly mainstream (whatever tf that means). She has never mixed with the "lowly sci-fi dregs", for instance I'm sure she would not be caught dead at a con.
2006-03-06 01:32:34 PM  
Theobold Holsopple:
So ends the hand made's tale.

2006-03-06 02:32:17 PM  
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2006-03-06 04:04:09 PM  
What a shtoopid idea.

I'm real excited Joe! A "LongPen"(TM)(c)(Pat.Pend) is coming to the bookstore on Friday! I'm gonna get to see my favourite author on a TV screen!


...although, in Margaret Atwoods case, the fact that you wouldn't have to be in the same room as her is a definite plus!
2006-03-06 11:07:25 PM  
i just ate a hot-pocket, and figured that news was more important to the future of humanity than the fact that this author hates her fans so much she doesn't wanna be present when signing the book.

thank you

/no autographs please.
2006-03-07 08:56:11 PM  
sci-fi writer is about the last thing i think of when i hear "margaret atwood". a handmaids tale is at best speculative fiction.
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