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?