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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Fri 23
May
2008

Born Again

Company When I was 23 and struggling to get anyone to notice I’d written a novel, it annoyed the crap out of me to see so-called “Young Writer” prizes won by 35-year-old guys with no hair. In which parallel universe, I wanted to know, could those tottering old farts be considered young?

Which is why I’m so happy to be named among the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists (for Company). Somewhere out there, a curly-haired 23-year-old is muttering about the unfairness of it all. Suck it up, punk.

Me at the Sydney Writers Festival, free event: Saturday 5:30pm

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Machine Man subscriber Danni Brennand (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 2345 days ago

Congratulations, Max :)

I hope it goes well for you tomorrow. I would come, but I haven't got a passport or a plane ticket to Sydney that would get me there on time.

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 2345 days ago

lol awesome. Congrats Max!

Machine Man subscriber Stygian Emperor (#2947)

Location: Austin, TX
Quote: "Hope is but the first step down the path to disappointment."
Posted: 2344 days ago

I want to read the stories about the spiders. They sound excellent.

Machine Man subscriber Kyle (#3321)

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Posted: 2344 days ago

lol, congrats =)

Maybe you should quietly distribute copies of your last novel..? You know, the unpublishable one. Unless its less about statements made and more business politics - if that makes sense at all.

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 2344 days ago

See? I said you were turning into an old fart Max, heh.

Congratulations.

Stephen Atwood (#3007)

Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Quote: "I'm pretty sure my last words are gonna be along the lines of "careful, I don't think the safety's on"...Probably something like that."
Posted: 2343 days ago

Oh-ho, you are SO WRONG, Mr. Barry.

...I'm twenty, not twenty-three.

Linnea1928 (#2654)

Location: Rosemount, MN
Posted: 2343 days ago

Congrats! That is so cool!!

Mats (#1057)

Location: Turku, Finland, Europe, Earth
Quote: ""The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it." James Branch Cabell via Robert Oppenheimer"
Posted: 2343 days ago

"MAX BARRY is perhaps the most successful Australian author you've never heard of."

=) Loved that line! That's how I'm going to refer to you when talking you up to random people I meet while stalking them in the pharmacy.

And don't forget, Georhe Clooney and Steven Soderbergh are your fans! That's pretty neat.

Mats (#1057)

Location: Turku, Finland, Europe, Earth
Quote: ""The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it." James Branch Cabell via Robert Oppenheimer"
Posted: 2343 days ago

Georhe Clooney is a very famous person, apparently. Not like George Clooney, who no-one's ever heard of...

Machine Man subscriber Lowly Worm (#3028)

Location: Loves Park, IL
Quote: "Insert witty quote here."
Posted: 2343 days ago

Congratulations Max, nice to see they made the right choice!

Niall Mulholland (#3523)

Location: Scotland
Quote: "Semper Fi - Do or Die"
Posted: 2342 days ago

Ah well, Aint Life a Bitch?

Michael Ricksand (#2212)

Location: Terra
Quote: "You do not have a right to be stupid."
Posted: 2336 days ago

"The irony!"

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