image “The Novelists Guild of America strike, now entering its fourth month, has had no impact on the nation at all,” the Onion reported last week.

Excerpt: “The publishing industry itself, which many believed to be most vulnerable, has nonetheless managed to weather the crisis. Publishers have reissued new editions of early, pre-union novelists—such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Jane Austen, both of whom have previously established successful track records—and have seen no no change in monthly sales.”

(Via Scalzi’s Whateverettes.)

Moderator’s note: A real hoot. Highly recommended. – D.R.


  1. There is a wonderful quote in Douglas Adams’s radio scripts for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Fearful of being put out of work, the Amalgamated Union of Philosophers, Sages, Luminaries and Other Professional Thinking Persons calls for industrial action when a giant new computer called Deep Thought is built. “You’ll have a national Philosophers’ Strike on your hands.” they threaten.

    “Who will that inconvenience?” inquires Deep Thought mildly.

    Likewise the novelists’ strike. What a pity it’s only fiction!

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