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- In spring 2002, Charlie Stross and I co-wrote a story called "Jury Service,"
- an extremely gonzo post-Singularity story whose writing was more fun than any
- other story I've ever written. Charlie and I pitched the manuscript back and
- forth to one another in 500-1000 word chunks, each time trying to top the
- other. We have very little "meta" communication — just sent the story around
- and rewrote what we had, then added our own bits. I can remember chuckling so
- loudly while considering what I would do with Charlie's latest challenge in an
- airport lounge that the security guard came by to ask if everything was all
- Stross is amazingly fun to write with. We've put together another story since
- and will be writing some short shorts as soon as both of us can take a break
- from our novels for a couple weeks.
- "Jury Service" will be published in four pieces — it's 21,000 words in all! —
- on scifi.com, weekly through the month of December. The first chunk went live
- this morning. I think that this is one of the most entertaining pieces I've
- ever worked on, kind of Rucker-meets-Stephenson-meets-William S. Burroughs.
- Hope you like it.
- NOTE FROM THE GUY WHO ADDED THIS TO FEEDBOOKS: I found the sequel to this
- novella, Appeals Court, on Feedbooks and realized that I needed to track the
- first book in the series down. Jury Service used to be a part of the excellent
- Sci Fi Channel's webzine Scifiction, however their online fiction archive was
- nuked in 2007 because of rights issues. I put this file together out of the
- text from an archived copy or the site archive from the Internet Archive.