Saturday, July 8, 2006
"The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale" under Creative Commons Noncommercial-Attribution-Sharealike
This was the first story I ever sold -- the check arrived on my 30th birthday, in the year 2000. I was confused by the envelope. I was expecting my plain white, self-addressed, stamped envelope back, with a rejection letter in it. Instead, it was one of those commercially printed window envelopes, with my name, printed, showing through the window.
It looked like a bill, and I stood there, puzzled, thinking, "but I just renewed my F&SF subscription a month ago..."
And then I stooped, squinting, and hardly dared to believe the words: "pay to the order of..."
I still like the story. As absurdist stories with magical gumballs go, I think it's a pretty accurate record of the time and place that inspired it. And recently someone pointed out that you can't find it anywhere, and I really ought to CC it.
So here it is, for your reading, forwarding, and remixing pleasure. Put it on party balloons and t-shirts. Create rock operas about it. Write sequels. Translate it into American Sign Language. (And, as usual, if you find yourself in danger of making money off it, drop me a line.)
So here it is: The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale
Posted by benrosen at July 8, 2006 06:30 PM
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Typo: Oh god, youre mothers going to kill me, Monique said.
It would be great to offer a PDF document also for downloading and printing.
Many thanks for relasing the story under a CC lincense.
I thought it was a great story - particularly the yellow bird bit, for some reason.
came via boingboing
Thanks Anon! I wonder if the typo was in F&SF as well. Now fixed.
Thanks james for the kind words. I also like the yellow bird -- of course, it's lifted from Zork.
Dave, thanks so much for offering the story in Plucker!
Pablo, I don't have the tools to create PDF, but if someone else wants to...? :-)
Actually, the bird and rod are from the first computer adventure game, "Adventure" by Will Crowther and Don Woods, 1976 - now called "Original Adventure" or "Colossal Cave Adventure", and the inspiration for Zork.
Colossal Cave Adventure
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ is a free PDF creator for Windows.
I've made a PDF:
There is a lot of crap on the Internet, as anyone who spends much time enjoying it knows. This, though, was really fantastic, figuratively and literally. Thank you!
Also, there's a tiny typo:
Im not sure, sir. Hes quite busy these days, with out acquisition of Suriname.
Not to presume or anything, but that should be "our acquisition".
-Joe Ardent @ joe at ardent dot nebcorp dot com
Thanks John, kotnik, and Joe! Typo fixed, and I will link the PDF to the blog post.
This is what I love about getting BoingBoinged... :-)