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?