"About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Ellie was a writer. Second, there was part of her - and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my words. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with her."
Myron's now famous quote, given during his interview in Science Fiction Characters, 4021 AD. What was left out of the interview was the controversial assertion that without him Dreaming of Sleep would never have been written.
When I quizzed him on this matter, shortly before his latest attempt to return to the 21st Century, he was surprisingly forthcoming.
"I never intended to write my author but it came to me during my one and only illegal sleep period. In the dream I was standing in a library - the type that had actual books and not virtual displays - and she was there with me, glistening with a a hundred-thousand words. When I woke up, I knew that I had to write her story, and so Ellie's life was brought into existence. The first volume, Words, was a runaway success. The second, Editor, did not fare so well. I just couldn't hand over creative control to 91billion people; it didn't sit right with my 21st Century brain. But of course the third volume, Published, has already seen pre-orders of over three billion."
Whatever your thoughts on how the Words Trilogy came into existence, this is going to be one time-traveller who will be sorely missed should he ever find a way back to the 21st Century.
For those of you who have read Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, you'll know I took a few liberties with a passage from Twilight and gave it to Myron for his quote. My apologies to Stephanie Meyer - the passage was too good to not imitate in some way.
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