I was suddenly reminded of the "Coleco Chameleon". It's a failed Coleco game console from 2006, feel free to wiki it, but that's not my point. It /sounds/ like one of those books you'd impulse buy from an airport store, to have /something/ to read on the plane. Such as:
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"The Proteus Contingency", or "The Singularity Consortium", or "The Kappa Sigma Fi Conundrum". All written by authors you've never heard of, who all wanna try to be Tom Clancy, and this /one/ airport is the only place who will sell their self-published books.
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I have such a book; "The Black Hole Affair". Don't remember who wrote it. I snagged it based on the cover art, read maybe 5 pages into it on the plane, went *ugh*, and put it away.
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What do you think the chances are one of those authors are pen names/pseudonym for authors that want to see if a title has merit on its own, without their established name behind the work? Or other reasons like King's use of Richard Bachman.
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It's quite possible. I've got a few books written under pen names by authors I like. (homer-simpson-whisper) SOMETIMES THOSE BOOKS AREN'T AS GOOD I remember Donald Westlake wrote a whole /ton/ of comedic crime novels. He also wrote *serious* crime novels under a pseudonym. 1/2
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It's possible I have this backwards. Maybe Donald Westlake - the comedic crime novelist - is the pseudonym. And the "serious crime novelist" - is the *real* author. Since I've never read any of those, I don't remember what that name would be.
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I suppose I could check, but Google and Wikipedia are *WAY OVER THERE*, and I'm /already/ in my pajamas....

Nov 22, 2021 路 3:33 AM UTC

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Replying to @DavidSchenet
Might be: Stark, Dick for the serious crime dramas. Err "Richard Stark" If there were a better suited name for such things, I'd be interested in hearing it.
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Richard Stark sounds /very/ familiar to me. You could be right, there. The characters in the parallel-universe hilarious-crime-novel namedropped him a lot, during this comedically-failed caper.
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