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    Has to be a joke

    Postby Sev » 15 May 2011 15:21

    I don't believe this for a second - http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Anderson-Sc ... 298&sr=1-1 - found a page on Amazon for a Kindle book called "Kevin J. Anderson, Scifi Star" by Tim Voigt. The hilarious product description is as follows:

    Kevin J. Anderson would grow up in Wisconsin. He would learn about the film Star Wars and study physics. He would in later life write in science fiction defining a legendary career. In this book, we will explore his epic life.

    This has to be an elaborate joke - surely :think:
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby Tleszer » 15 May 2011 15:22

    The hell?
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby Robspierre » 15 May 2011 16:01

    downloading the sample now to see.

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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby Ampoliros » 15 May 2011 16:26

    Rob, check it against public sources, like KJA's Wikipedia page. There have been a few start up publishers that do nothing but mine the internet for already published material off free sites (like Wikipedia). Because of the laws around publishing, they can print it and even sell it.

    Alphascript, Betascript, Books LLC, and now it looks like Tom Voigt.

    EDIT: according to a 1-star review from another book, it looks like its basically nothing more than a bunch of notes loosely tied together. Probably taken from a myriad of sources. Look and see if there is anything from Jacurutu!
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby Robspierre » 15 May 2011 16:36

    The sample mentions KJA very little.

    Lots of discussion over the different types of science and part of the purpose is to explain the "science" of science fiction. It looks like the author wants to hold Keith up as some science fiction rockstar. I'm wondering of this is a paper Voigt has written, his "intro" has his name followed by University of Wisconsin.

    At least in the sample there is no data mining og wiki sources that I could see.

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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby SandRider » 15 May 2011 16:38

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!


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    http://www.amazon.com/What-I-know-about ... gital-text
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby SandRider » 15 May 2011 19:20

    this "Tim Voigt" is not a real person, as far as I can tell ....

    186 Kindle books, I think all of them released in the last few months ...

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_ ... 1305501796

    I smell Calvin Woon InternetBuzz style auto-Kindle generating software here ...

    Imma write reviews on as many of these as I can and call Timmy an effing retard &etc...
    (hey, Conway, your bitch ass can follow me around and cry about me being "unfair" & "biased")
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby SandRider » 15 May 2011 19:23

    hey, so even tho now we know what the fuck this is, I still would like to use the discussion I started
    there for this "product" to catalog and list out some of Keith's best lies, mis-representation, examples
    of his retarded social skills, bloated ego, and etc. ... in other words "What I Know About Keith" ...
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby merkin muffley » 21 May 2011 13:20

    Sev wrote:Kevin J. Anderson would grow up in Wisconsin. He would learn about the film Star Wars and study physics. He would in later life write in science fiction defining a legendary career. In this book, we will explore his epic life.


    :lol:
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby SandChigger » 21 May 2011 14:52

    (Got access now? :D )
    I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA

    I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

    I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby Hunchback Jack » 21 May 2011 17:24

    Most of Tom Voight's books seem to be of the "name, title of genre" variety, which makes it almost certain that it's cut and paste work surrounded by generic text with minor glue prose.

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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby SandChigger » 21 May 2011 19:46

    I lost even more respect for Amazon when I discovered they've been letting people pull this shit.

    (M "Cult of Strawberry", whom some here may remember, was carrying on a private war against several of them at one point. Then Amazon started deleting her comments and reviews...)
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    Re: Has to be a joke

    Postby Ampoliros » 22 May 2011 01:53

    Yeah, don't know what we can do to help M, she said Amazon still lets her review but she can't post comments anymore because someone got all butthurt at one of her more scathing (but always fair) reviews.
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