Proposal for a book
to be adapted into a movie
starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson


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From: Robin Sloan <>
Subject: Re: Gno­mon J. Mar­lowe timeline?
To: Sarah Burnes

Dear Sarah:

I am here to tell you the pro­fes­sional wrestler turned movie star Dwayne The Rock John­son is going to be president, but before that happens, we are going to make a book, to make a movie, to make a mind.

I know it's overdue, but I've set aside the third install­ment in the Gnomon J. Marlowe series (working title: GJM in the Secret Stacks) because our coun­try is crum­bling into pieces and sto­ries of friendly eccentrics seem insuf­fi­cient bor­der­ing on offensive. When I started this series, its fic­tional real­ity felt lightly burnished. Now, it feels utterly false. If he lived in our world, Gno­mon J. Mar­lowe with all his energy and stub­bor­ness would not be sit­ting in the Invis­i­ble Library decod­ing hieroglyphs. He would be -- well... what?