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August 17th, 2007

Finally, Someone Wants To Fuck Me.

Over at Last Short Story (lastshortstory), Tansy Rayner Roberts (cassiphone) read 'Excerpts from Books Fifty Years From Now', which is appearing in the next issue of Overland:

""Excerpts from Books Fifty Years From Now," by Ben Peek, Overland - a literary experiment that isn't exactly a story, but isn't exactly *not* a story. I found the individual fragments of this piece interesting and compelling, some more than others, with the first being my favourite. [and even when I don't entirely get the story, he always makes me think. don't you hate that in a writer?]"

But, perhaps, more importantly, someone finally named me as their fictional character to fuck in the 2007 Snapshot. Try and guess before you open the link.


John Wayne

Rich Horton reviewed Aurealis #37 at SF Site and, about my piece 'John Wayne', wrote:

And, finally, Ben Peek's "John Wayne" is a really curious story -- an alternate history, it seems, of John Wayne's life and death, featuring a meeting with Orson Welles and an encounter with Stalinist assassins. The story is certainly politically energized -- with Wayne shown fearing Koreans and Hispanics before finally meeting the real menace. But I confess it all seemed out of focus to me -- almost trivial -- Wayne simply doesn't have enough resonance to me to make the story really matter. That said, I did feel in the presence of an engaged writer -- which is always worth something.

Nice last line, huh?