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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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Sat 31
Jul
2010

Max! Does! Stuff!

Writing Here is a short story! Not by me. Oh. Sorry. You thought… you’re right, that was confusing. No, this is by Sean Silleck. He’s nobody. I say that with the deepest respect. I mean he’s only had one thing published and this is it. But check it out: it’s like something I would write, if I was having a really good day. I mean, eerily so. It’s like the guy is hanging around my house after dark, going through my trash. I’m not saying he is. I’m not saying anything until the police have finished their investigation. But really. Eerie.

I swapped a few emails with Sean and it turns out he’s never heard of me in his life. That was kind of disappointing. I was all excited that I had inspired a bright young talent. But no. Apparently I’m just working with ideas so obvious that anyone can have them.

Speaking of shorts, I’m judging a short story contest! You can win $1,500 just by writing the kind of thing you already know I like. It’s practically rigged in your favor. Although you do have to be Australian. I suppose that’s the catch.

If you’re not Australian, I still have something for you. Wait. No, this is local, too. Wow. This blog is just getting more and more pointless for you. But anyway, I’m rocking out the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne next week with the Writer’s Mix Tape. The idea is I bring along a CD of significant/pumping tunes and play them and talk about why what they mean and finish with an awesome breakdance. It’s something like that. I’m there with Rob Jan of RRR radio. You should be, too. Unless you live thousands of miles away. In which case I’m very sorry for wasting your time. As you were.

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Swimfroggy (#1713)

Location: Southern California
Quote: "Just....why?"
Posted: 1544 days ago

That's an amazing short story, thanks for the link to it!

Hans Miniar (#2600)

Location: Iceland
Quote: "~your love is made of happy, and sometimes exhasperation~"
Posted: 1543 days ago

Awww, no short story contests for me.
Oh well.

That short is pretty awesome though! Thanks.

Machine Man subscriber Toby O (#2900)

Location: Sydney
Quote: "You can't sell your soul to the devil if he's not buying"
Posted: 1543 days ago

But I live in Australia now! Maybe I can submit under one of my kids' names, they're Aussie...

sylvanheart (#3237)

Quote: "Hop on the shiny shell and ride wherever you want to go! Shred those enemies!"
Posted: 1542 days ago

Far out, you just make me giggle everytime, every sentence. No. Paragraph. Still good.
Your wit is a national treasure, Max. Fanks.

Machine Man subscriber Stygian Emperor (#2947)

Location: Austin, TX
Quote: "Hope is but the first step down the path to disappointment."
Posted: 1541 days ago

It was kind of like your writing in Jennifer Government in that it was humorous and suspenseful at the same time. Was that what you meant?

Kathleen (#4951)

Location: Melbourne
Posted: 1529 days ago

You were very funny at the wheeler centre- thanks for signing my book! :-D

stephendonald (#4966)

Location: India
Posted: 1511 days ago

I enjoyed every bit of your article. It is very informative and helpful to me as well as to all the commentators. Thanks for taking the time to discuss on this. I will love to read more from you.

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