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Questions I Haven't Gotten Around to Answering Yet
You can ask a question right here! If you just did that but you don't see it below, I haven't approved it yet. Got to keep out those spambots, you know.
I really enjoy reading your books in order of release. There's definite improvement from one book to the next. Syrup was phenomenal, but I really dig how every book seems to be getting better. Thanks for writing such
great work, your books are among the few I have bought physical copies of.
do you oil your head or is it naturally that shiny
I think globalization could work in the future by taking power away from the hands of humans and to a sentient AI that knows about human plight and wont kill us due to its programing. This idea was thought of not by me but paulsego of the drunken peasants
How u feel bout thems T-34's?
Also would you think that they would win against a M4 sherman?
I need a new book from you. Can I have one soon?
What Gave You The Idea Of Making NationStates
how much money do you make?
Whats Your Favorite Video Game, Other Than NationStates. Also, What Inspired You To Make NationStates?
I teach political communication at a large U.S. university. Do you think your books offer some insight into political action, why or why not?
Hi Max, I always remember your Dogs and Smurfs essay and shared it with someone today as a way of trying to explain the phenomenon that we think of everyone as male, as part of a conversation about why we really need to know someone's gender anyway. The question for you is, do you think the Dogs and Smurfs situation has improved, particularly with regard to children's literature/TV/content?
Hello Max! If you lived somewhere other than Australia, where would it be, and why?
Swiss cheese or cheddar?
How do you even find time to answer our idiot questions?
What's your the name of your nation on Nationstates?
First off, big fan of your work and NationStates. Now for the question. Where do you lean on economics? I, myself, am a capitalist/trickle down economist. But, I recently saw a quote: "Trickle down doesn't work if the top scoop of ice cream refuses to melt". I happen to believe that reducing spending and taxes at a large rate is best for the economy to grow and for jobs to be made. Long story short, this quote shook my faith a bit and I was wondering what your stance is, out of mere curiosity.
Max what is your political tendency?
My question concerns the game Nationstates. Why do countries with a market economy have a much higher income than the countries with a planned one? Did not you say that players of all political preferences are equal here?
NOTICE ME SENPAI
Hey max what's your opinion on dank memes? Should be some category in nation states.
I'm drestovia and jesruriz btw
I have an idea for a NationStates category: Population growth. It determines how little time it would take to get a million citizens. Let's say that someone encountered an issue, and they chose one that would negatively effect the Population Growth. It would be Population Growth: -4.1%, and if their population growth was three hours for a million citizens, it would be three hours and twelve minutes to get a million citizens. I think my idea would really change the way population increases, being put into relevance by issues.
Have you ever visited NationStates secretly (like a "EPIC RETURN")?
Will NationStates 2 come out someday?
Hey Max, do you have a nation on NationStates?
What did you make Nationstates with? Also is Barry Yalen a reference to Barry Allen, The Flash in that issue about a guy named Flashy?
Hello! I don't know if someone else has already asked, but how/where did you find a sock of full of pennies?
Have you got a favorite sports club or just favorite sport in general?
I'm a huge fan of all your books! Any new novels in the works?
Have you taken the political compass test? If not, can you?
Did you read the 3 Body Problem? Recommend any new fiction?
Do you have a cat or dog? Or a great white shark? I heard they are common in Australia
Technical question: in percentage, how much of what you write in the very first draft see the light in the final version of a novel?
Did this percentage diminished from your first novel, compared to the latest one?
Do you have a nation in NS?
Are you vegetarian?
i cant read
pepsi or coke max/
How old are you
Am I a sandwich
Boxers of briefs
Are you secretly Donald Trump? If so, when will you nuke North Korea?
who did you vote for in the 2016 election?
Why did you create NationStates?
How and why did you write machine man? Also, what were your motivations for writing it?
Hey Max! I don't have any of your books, but I play NationStates! I think it's amazing. I can't really think of any good questions though. So... Keep doing what you're doing!
When is your next book coming out? :D
I was wondering how you chose the poets names in Lexicon. Was it a form of characterization or random? Which traits were you trying to convey with the name Woolf, Eliot & Yeats (and others)? I loved the book and am trying to get a little more insight (I picked this book for the oral Matur aka Swiss final exams).
Do you have a nation on NationStates (p.s. Thanks for making NS, my only hobby and supportive community in my life XD)
What's your favorite book (other than your own, even though they are awesome...*hugs copy of Lexicon*) ever written?
Do you think the world is doomed in the near future?
what is the contain that has Africa
I have a class assignment I hope you can help with. Info to follow: You will be concerned with looking at this novel and analyzing it based on the literary elements that you learned while studying short fiction. To prepare for that analysis, use the Web to find out as much as you can about Max Barry, as well as how and why he wrote Machine Man. For this discussion, write a short paragraph about the important things you learn when you research the author. Next, write a few sentences about how the novel was created and what your research leads you to believe might be Barry's motivations for writing it based on our cultural practices, beliefs, and/or misunderstandings.
What do you think of the emoji movie?
So is this where I'm supposed to write the question?
What do you think about Brazil?
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Do you actually answer these?
Could make a new event, like invasions, please?
Do you like cats? If yes, then why? Do you have one?
Oh yeah, and do you think he could write it on a Toshiba laptop?
Do You think it's possible for a man diagnosed with Parkinson's disease to complete a novel he (which is me) started about 10 years ago? I know I can't go back to my regular job.
How do you feel about the 2005 Cronulla riots?
Which one of the books you've written is your favorite and why?
Have you thought about doing a graphic novel or adapting one of your books into a graphic novel?
I'm just now watching the show "Better Off Ted". Have you ever noticed that it really has a lot of thematic elements in common with "Company"? Is that because they ripped the general ideas off of you? Or is because companies are really like that?
You Should add war to NationStates but when you go to war it is like a bunch of issues that determines who wins
He Max, I know of the failure of NS 2 but how would you like to give it another try? Been working on concept art
Hi Max! My question's to you is that what was your reaction to such an awesome success of nationstates?
Yo max! Can you give me a shoutout? My ns name is Pokemanland
Hey Max - not long now and machine men will help you with that bag of mulch of bucket of paint https colon slash slash qz.com/983409/lowes-is-giving-its-workers-exoskeletons-to-help-lift-very-heavy-things/
did you make nation states by your self
Hi Max! I'm currently in business school in Europe, but unsure about the future. How did you realize you were better off writing rather than working for a corp?
I'm in high school and want to learn how to make games. I have this idea for something that has the simple, easy to understand format of the issues from Nationstates that have the things that they change without you having to manually find something, for example: your nations stance on Creationism vs Evolution or gun laws or welfare to name a few, take that and cross it with the game Democracy 3 with all its micromanagement of one of the countries that you can choose to run,.
Which is why I'm wondering how you calculate the stats for the nations such as GDP, youth rebelliousness, corruption, etc?
Would you ever consider publishing the source code for nationstates and if not that, the way it calculates the stats?
What's the best thing since sliced bread?
Hi. So you're an author (obviously) and I was wondering how publishing companies are to work with and whether it's a a good idea to use them or not. However, you live in Australia and I don't so this may not be relevant. (I'm terrible at questions, I'm sorry).
What do you think about the environment? should we protect it?
Why do people post anything on here?
Your thoughts on Fascism?
Bro I've been reading a lot of your stuff and you mention Catholics way more than most people. What's the connection, my dude.
Do you think you will ever add some sort of form of war in nation states
Why does your website say "Legionnaires' disease free since 1990"? Is this a hint about an upcoming book?
Do You play your Nation States Game?
max i was wondering if you could work even more on NS like im addicted
Could you allow us to change the name of regions on nationstates
Not a question but a statement: I really enjoyed Jeniffer Government and that's not just because of the Chadstone and Dandenong Road references. I'm halfway through Lexicon and that's great too. Thanks for writing. :)
How do you feel about Donald Trump becoming president?
What is your ideal government and what would it be like to live under it?
Are you religious?
Are you Australian ? You look Australian.
Does Cambridge Analytica owe you money or did they pay for their copies of Lexicon?
Is there a Lexicon movie in the works?
Are u going to make more games like nation states
What special event is in store for NS next?
Hey there, I'm looking to jumpstart a project of mine by creating a website, and by observing the set-up of your NationStates game, I'd love to use that sort of format for what I'd like to do. Since I lack a bit in experience, I'm asking around to various creators that I can observe and see how I can get started. So any feedback saying you'd like to give some advice or tips toward how to approach this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Could you set in NS a kind of map of interaction for raids? or Invasions?
How did you start out as an author? What inspired you to pursue writing books?
How did you learn to code?
What will be in the next NationStates update?
Do condemnations actually affect said regions?
It looks like life is imitating your art again, this time with anti-virus attacking the systems it protects. See the Wired article: The Clever 'DoubleAgent' Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware.
What key factor led to writing the Oracle known as Jennifer Government? Did you happen to buy some strange Eastern tea that has temporal folding properties?
Hi Max, Why did you decide to include Chapter 5 at the end of Lexicon? I have a group of students reading it for class, and they think it contrasted the suspenseful style of the whole novel.
Hi! Why are you Australian
What is your favorite book that you have written?
Actually it is more of a request than a question but I was
wondering if you could "wars" to United Nations just to spice things up.
I can't think of anything constructive to ask. Any suggestions?
So, when playing NationStates, why is that the wait time between getting issues such a long time? While I love playing, the fact I have to wait 3-5 hours between issues that usually only take a few minutes to resolve seems like a bit much.
Do like you like to go fishing
What's your general reaction to seeing some of the technology you write about as SciFi becoming more of a reality each day? This specifically referring to Hugh Herr's progress on prosthesis and then becoming more and more like what we saw in Machine Man.
Do you drop the bass a lot?
What inspired you to write these books?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Hey Mr. Barry,
I was wondering is there an actual headquarters of NS? It would be totally cool if we had a headquarters in like DC where we could have like a real life WA meeting and stuff. That would be awesome! Could that be a possibility in the near future?
Hi Max! This is very random, but 12 years ago, when I was in 10th grade, my friend group got extremely hooked on NationStates, and I read JENNIFER GOVERNMENT as a result. I have to say that it's still one of my all-time favourites books that also shaped who I am as a writer, and I've probably read it eight times or more. I was just gushing about your work to a colleague, and I'm excited to dive into MACHINE MAN and LEXICON. Cheers to you and your upcoming work!
Samantha Beiko, Canada
You should add a way to make certain things only visible to certain nations in dispatches. Such as if you want to make part of the dispatch only visible to your region mates but no one else.
Is the inspiration for your stories sudden or from daily life or from what?
How do you get your ideas for short stories?
What are the populations of Maxtopia and Bigtopia?
Why is? Just, in general?
One of the NS mods said that orphans mine coal to provide you and the mods with your luxurious lifestyles. Is that true?
Hi, when you are coming to Brazil? I suggest you the city Fortaleza, we are waiting you.
Do you play NationStates? What's your nation?
Max, do you have published any book in Albania? I wan't read one of it.
Ok so I'm wanting to write a book about my region (People's Federation of Qandaristan) but I get stumped on how I should explain to people why there are different countries than the ones we have. What should I do?
Do you time answering this question? I saw a lot in queue.
How come you're so funny? Are you a natural comedian? Can you teach me?
Max, in your blog "Talk to Me, Baby" you stated that the only reason you visit this site is to read and respond to comments. This was back in 2006. Now, 11 years later, is this still the case? Are you reading old comments over and over again? If this is the case, wouldn't you blog more for more comments?
I enjoyed reading your Machine Man for a college class, I now have to read a essay on how technology is a distraction and then becomes a safety issue to us. I was wondering if you could give me some quotes on this? Like to the book machine man.
Do you like donuts?
Who are you?
Max, do you like pie?
Why are you bald? Stress?
Would you consider posting a first draft AND a final copy side by side for curious onlookers such as myself?
Can you educate anyone without their will & choice to be educated?
How do I not look like a noob on nation states
When it comes to "NationStates" Didn't you feel that there should have been more things to do? Like for example,
-Building a Army
-Building a Police force
Stuff like that?
I've got to most of the way through the last chapter of Lexicon, and it's since been sitting beside my bed for almost as long as it's been published. Is it safe to read the rest, or will it end in me reading the word I shouldn't read, and doing something like emptying my bank account to yours?
Are you writing anything new?
Max, what is the least interesting topic one could possibly write a novel about?
On a scale of 1 to 999999 how awesome are you?
I am the head of state of a nation at NationsStates and would like to know if you could make improvements in WA.
So what are your political views?
why does WA page still contain the abbreviation of the bureacy that cannot be named but sounds a lot like united stations?
What's your favorite? (There are correct and incorrect answers to this question.)
Can you buff planned economies in nation-states? I've noticed that a lot of fellow leftist have the same complaint that economic growth is tied too much to economic freedoms.
What IS the deal with airline food?
Do you believe in Jesus?
This is less of a question but more of a comment for nation states. It would be really neat if there were more random scenarios for nations, regions, or even the world. Scenarios such as plague's, famine's, natural disasters, etc. It would definitely make the game more interesting and realistic. Thank you for all you have done already. I certainly hope these scenarios become reality for the game.
Yo Max, Any reason why China's 2 child policy isn't a choice in the Issue of "Won't somebody think of the children? I feel like it would be a better option IMO
What are your favorite books, you've read more then 5 times and will continue re-reading?
Kate (Toronto, Canada)
if all of your novels got into a royal rumble wrestling match, who would win and why?
Ar you bald or do you shave your head? ð§
How can I succeed at NationStates.net?
Max, how do you plan on celebrating Christmas this year, or how did you spend Christmas this year? How are you going to spend New Year's Eve? Do you have any big plans for 2017? Like a book tour or possibly a meet and greet in the US? I mean, you won't have a new book or anything, but maybe you could do something for your American fans.
Do you like to go to parties?
How can you only have five novels? I feel I've been reading you forever and I look at the sidebar and there is only five. Perhaps it's the blog and the short stories (the 'cement' story was a welcome reminder of your pithy story-telling abilities) and the fact that I re-read the novels all the time. Or maybe I'm just getting older and remembering the past differently, like when you go back to grade school and stuff that was so big back then now seems tiny and you can't fit in your locker anymore. But never mind, get back to work and I welcome some new additions in 2018.
For how long do you plan on supporting NationStates?
What is the meaning of life?
I'm surprised that only one person has asked a question. What do we have to look forward to for NationStates in the coming year? Any top secret things planned, like maybe not having a hard drive crash on the host for more than a year? :p
Hello! Have you considered to open a youtube account? I'd love to watch videos in which you talk about writings and stuff like that!
Have you considered to crate another game similar to NationStates
What is your favorite genre to write in?
Are you still an active nation in your game nationstates, or are you a lurker or inactive?
Mr Barry wondering if you have seen the new show Incorporated which in my opinion is very close to stealing ideas directly from your books, BTW Jennifer Government is still one of my all time favorite books, bought both paperback & ebook
How long did I t take to make nationstates?
Do you agree: According to Prof. Michal Kosinski, the latest elections in the UK and USA were widely influenced by bigdata-fuelled psychologic ocean-models ? (Cambridge Analytica /Alexander Nix) ? -Sven, Hamburg, Germany
Hi, Max! Loved "Lexicon". When will your next book come out? What is it about?
Can you make a nationstates app
Have you ever had the ending of a movie spoiled?
I am an American who recently moved to Australia. I just finished Lexicon and loved it but could not help but relate it to Trump, does he have a bare word? It would explain a lot.
Can you make a guide to all the little rank and Easter egg icons at the bottom of your nation page, please sir?
My friends have custom actual map images in their nation's geography factbooks. How do I get one?
Have you ever thought about starting your own country or seceding from a country?
Do you feel like Communism will happen in the next Decade or Century?
We only have a narrow perspective of the world in which we live and believing what we see to be true is an easy illusion to trust?
Hi Max, huge fan of NationStates here. I was wondering what you think of how it's turned out. Did it end up anything like your expectations? What do you think should be done about some of more aggressive nations that are beyond punishment from the WA?
How did you make nation states?
Are there aligators in your bathtub?
How are you?
Can you ban countries from nationstates?
Hi Max, how did you get away with using all those trademarks in Jennifer Government? Did you ever get contacted by lawyers? Are you blacklisted from buying Nikes? Love,
Hey Max your pretty cool i just have one question is this where you expected to be when you were younger?
I've been a big fan of your work since college and I snatched up "Machine Man" and "Lexicon" as soon as they were published. That said, I saw the "Syrup" film, and was kind of disappointed. For one, the ending wasn't anything like the book. For another, I thought the casting of Kellan Lutz as Pete was totally wrong (maybe that's on me, I had pictured Pete was Asian). I'm not trying to be overly critical - like I say, I love your work - but I wonder: what did you think of the final product? Does it make you more or less eager to turn your novels into films?
Hey Maxy boy! <insert witty one liner in here about Trump, his hair and sausage dogs> Just wondering if you have any news re: a new book? My current Max Barry book collection is getting lonely. Thanks!
the speech bubble is cool - are we all going to die at the hands of T...p? That word will not exist in my lexicon until he is gone...how about President elect
Hi Max! I'm a big fan of your website, NationStates.net, and I was wondering, do you own a nation, or play around on its forums?
Are you always going to keep NationStates free?
Which of your books is your favorite?
What is your nation?
Max Barry will you ever close NationStates is my first Question My Second Question is if you die who will take over NationStates The Moderator's?!By have a great day,Jacob.
Do you do your own coding?
If you were to write a sequel to Lexicon featuring Clinton, Trump and Duterte, what would be their poet names? Who wiuld be the reluctant hero, the villain, and the extra?
Will NationSates ever get a war mechanic?
Hey, Max how do you feel knowing NS is becoming a great website to use?
Hey Max, I'm relatively new to your blog, as in a month or so new, and I found your blog and found it so very useful. That being said, I'm a senior in high school and we have a thing called senior project. For my senior project I chose to write a 7 chapter novella (roughly). Do you have any tips on writing styles or just writing skills in general?
Does nation states have issues remembering account details because I just made an account then lost it
are any of my questions going to be answered or you just going to ignore me?
What is your opinion of Rodrigo Duterte and the situation in the Philippines?
are you hitman?
Will we ever see an official, functional, NationStates app?
Are you an evil alien cyborg?
Do you think you'll ever be able to top NationStates?
Hey max! First off, You are an amazing person for making Nationstates. It allowed me to meet most of my current friends, so thanks for that! Now, I have to ask, Do you ever come on nationstates or just sit back and watch the fun?
In NationStates, why can't we cure our own nation of zombies?
Are you ever going to try to develope NationStates II again?
Hey Max! Did you ever have the feeling that the only thing you want to do right NOW is to write but you... sort of... procrastinated? I'm mad at myself because I want to write, I just don't start. Any tips?
Hey Max! I'm sure you had post about aliens writing your novels, and now it's gone. Was it also written by aliens, or it was blog of someone else, or maybe I was hallucinating?
how do you feel about your country being a poison covered desert where you fight over fuel and eat dog food compared to beautiful green NZ?
Is this a question?
What's the best nation name that you've ever seen on nation states?
Do you enjoy raiding in nationstates?
Is zombie role play Mandatory?
Is your legal name Max? My name is Max too.
Hey max, have you ever heard back from the UN about your lawsuit?
When will NationStates get a major update?
Hey Max, love the site, but are there any plans to update your bookshelf section.
I picked up Lexicon by chance in SFO and I couldn't put it down until it was finished! I would go as far as even saying it's my new favorite book.
I was wondering if there's been any progress on the movie adaptation? (Or a sequel of some sort?)
You are very cool. What inspired you to create this wonderful game?
Do you have a nation on NationStates?
Which book do you think I should read first?
Also, do you follow politics?
Did you see kangaroos before?
I have decided just now that Ellen Page must play Emily in a film version of Lexicon. I just watched Into the Forest and she is a perfect fit.
Max, could you convince my English teacher to let me write a mini-biography about you? We have this long project, and it would really make things quick if you could respond to this. Also, how over-the-top is your satirical view of marketing in Syrup? I mean, I get that it's supposed to be portrayed in a very vicious way, but is it really that cut-throat?
I live in the USA and it's turning into Jennifer Government realworld. please send help
How do you feel about text language?
(Or, as said in text language:)
how due u feel abot txt lngyge?
Check out Stubborn Soda. Designer soft drinks for people who need to express their false individuality through beverages but don't like alcohol. Genius. Thanx, Maxx Barry.
Where do you fall on the political compass? Are you Liberal, Conservative, Moderate?
I'd like to thank your creation of Nation States! Without it, I would have never been able to reconnect with my best friend a few years back through the telegram system, and thus would have never began work on my movie. It's a sci-fi film about two warring factions in space called "System Strike." Not much else to say about it, since it's only halfway finished now, but all I have to say is thanks for writing great books and getting me into politics.
What is your nation in NationStates called?
Have you thought of adding a comment feature to questions? I've seen some I know the answer to, and I'm not you, but an answer to a non-open ended question is an answer.
Hi Max, I'm French. Since you obviously like words, which French words are your favorites ones and do you use some in your books ?
Have you watched the movie War Dogs? I think it has some relation to your 2016 American Presidential Elections post. If not, you should totally watch it cuz it delivers some pretty nice commentary on industry and politics in general and the characters rock, as well as how the actors portrayed them.
Why haven't you put nationstates up on the App Store?
why did you write the book MACHINE MAN? Like what inspired you to write about a man who wanted to turn himself into a machine?
Can you give some direction on the power of minimalism in your writing. How was that developed into simple yet powerful sentence structure. Giving the reader just enough description to have them paint the picture in their minds eye.
why did you write the book machine man?
Is NationStates still apealling to you?
how big was the sock full of pennies?
What is your main nation in Nation States?
Top 10 best novels right now?
Who on earth do you think you are?
have you ever thought of writing a book that has it's own theme music? everypage could have one of those sound thingys like the musical birthday cards have.... Great Idea isn't it? my gift to you... have a nice night
What was the last movie you watched? and was it good?
If you could rewrite part of it what would it be?
Do people spam you a buttload of silly questions very often?
What is the most confusing question you have never been asked?
Do you play NationStates? If it's right, where is your nation?
Max - I write about Virginia Woolf (among other things) & have published a monograph about Woolf references in contemporary fiction. I'm still tracking them, & thus I read Lexicon & will be posting on it at Blogging Woolf. My question - why Woolf? I know you use a number of actual writers, but as Woolf is one of your main protagonists I wonder if there was any special reason for assigning her this particular name.
Hey Max, what's your opinion on Brexit?
I just happened to stumble upon your interestingly unique forum-run game NS, and I'm thoroughly enjoying raising my North-Korea-like nation, aka Guerillas, from the hole in the ground it was a few weeks ago. From what I gathered, you seem to be gathering information on big nations with a ton of political, military, and economical power to write your next novel. But how do you keep track of all of this information? Do you play this game yourself just to have a dossier on interesting looking nations in the WA, or do you have some other method?
Hi Max! Why don't you implant the ability to change your name in Nation States? Just like the title of the Nation?
Have you considered creating a way on NationStates to actually wage war with another country?
If you had to join one game-created region in NationStates, what would it be and why?
I play nationstates and i wonder how did you come up with lexicon in the first place???
Hello Max, What i do for my success life??
Are you going to create a second nationstates game?
Is Jennifer Government a young adult novel?
Just wondering, might we have a new book from you by the end of 2017? I'm jonesing for some new material. I guess I'll go back through and reread your old books again.
when you created your NationStates?
Do you actually even answer any of these questions?
Hi Max. My name is Luana. I'm from Brazil, I'm love Lexicon. I'm love Emily. Congratulations, your book is amazing. My question is Lexicon will continue? Forgive my english.Thanks.
What was the idea behind NationStates?
where did you get your information when you were writing about supernatural werewolves
I've only recently discovered your books, and I'm quite enjoying them. But all the online discussions seem to have taken place when they came out, which means I'm too late for that kind of community enjoyment. So now I'm determined to be more timely with your next release. What are you working on next, and when should we expect it?
Is there anything that you could tell us about nation states 2 such as gameplay and what it would have been
I just read Syrup and Jennifer Government, please forgive any misunderstandings. Were the parallels between (Nike Liaison) John Nike, and Sneaky Pete intentional? Or do they just seem similar in a 'These people represent the sorts of people that corporate ideals attract and encourage.' way?
I am very happy when I first joined NationStates, and would loved to give the gratitude to you when we meet...because we are so close...nationally. (Australia and Indonesia (me!))
Anyway, have you ever consider to convince the publisher to release your books to Indonesia? I would loved to read one of yours.
Have you ever written a D&D campaign? I'm having a lot of trouble getting started because of the sheer scale of something like this, even though I have a basic idea of what I want to do and a well fleshed-out setting on which to base it. How do I get started when all I can see is how much work I still have to do?
When are you going to write a new book?
I was wondering if there wil be a thing for nationstates players to change the name of there nation if they got bored with the old name of the country?
Question about NationStates:
After my 1st 2 nations soon died of inactivity, I made a 3rd one in Dec'2014, but after a month stopped answering issues. I don't do anything besides login after Apocalypse notices, yet everything has been perfect in my nation, no decline whatsoever. I was wondering, what do you think of making another consequence to idleness, like some sort of slow-moving entropy factor?
Sincerely, the Republic of Rippleton.
Do you think the snowflake method is the fastest way to write a novel? If not, what do you think is the fastest way?
If you couldn't use Ubuntu, what Linux distro would you use?
Why Brasilistan, Maxtopia, and Bigtopia?
Could you make a nation states app?
What is your favourite cheese?
Nationstates Question: You can place an option that shows the results of issues in nationstates?
Will you ever make a Mobile app for NationStates?
I know it's a bit personal, but what is your political leaning?
This isn't a question so much as it is an observation, a lot of what's been stated in Jeniffer Government is actually happening in real life. Mr. Barry I as a veteran want to thank you for your insight on the world of big brother and government control, the events described in George Orwell's 1984, and your Jennifer Government, have opened my eyes to just how dangerous the times are. Keep up the good work Max.
What did you think about the brexit vote?
how does your life relate to jennifer government?
Re: Lexicon: "Huh," I thought. "Ruff, that's an interesting last name for a character." Then I got to the journal with references to a "Matt R." So, I'm a fellow fan of Matt's work (and yours*) but am wondering about the specific reference--did Bad Monkeys in particular inspire you? Sewer Gas Electric? Do you know him personally?
*Company, Jennifer Government, Syrup. All f--king brilliant.
Is your job profitable? If so...how do you get that much money?
Do you read "The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls" by E.A.?
Do you have a cat?
Any plans for extra features?
Can thy holy lord Maximus Barryus implement a way for us mortals to take down the World Assembly? Possibly summoneth a divine region being related to the World Assembly?
What do you think about Pepsi?
If you had to move to a different place in order to keep writing, where would you move, or would you move at all?
Hi! I have been playing NationStates for a while now... What would you say is your favorite part about it? Or, do you find anything particularly interesting about the concept of the game? (By the way, I love it! It's so much fun and I've met many internet friends playing it.)
Have you considered kickstarting a nation states app?
What is your opinion on Authoritarian Democracy as a state ideology? How do you think it will benefit a nation? And what do you think the disadvantages of this ideology are?
I love NationStates (I will be honest, I had four major nations, and three died with one reaching at least 5 billion. Currently on my fourth and I will stick with it.) Anyway, more importantly, I love your books. Are there any currently in planning or something like that?
If you happened to live FOREVER, what three items would you choose to keep on you at all times? Whatever they may be....
I was using the mobile version of Nation states and I accidentally click "exit mobile version" how do I get back to the mobile version.
Hey Max, I really really love creating factbooks for my nationstate, so I was really shocked and kind of disappointed, when I had to find out, that there is a maximum of factbooks. I could start merging similar articles together but eventually I would run out of factbooks anyway. Is there a way to remove the limit? Or at least to extend it? I would even be ready to pay/donate money, in order to do so, similar to the way you can spend money in order to increase the size of your telegram inbox.
How is it that you always manage to go the extra mile, and please everyone with your perfectly coherent explanations of everything?? It's magical! Eg. "P.S. You might ask why the icon for the bar chart is a picture of a column chart. To which I say: Shut the hell up."
What kind of music do you listen to?
I like your book machine man and the transhumanist element in it, do you think that limbs will soon replace body parts? If it did happen would you see it as a good thing?
Have you seen the "Max Barry's Nation States" Mod for Civilization 5?
It is on the front page!
are you divorced
Hi. Wanted to tell you how enamored I am of Lexicon. As a student of psychology, and a dabbler of bard-like persuasion tactics, the book really shook me up. After finishing, I had weird dreams about words as weapons.
Just wanted to tell you how *spot on* the psychology of persuasion is in this book. How did you go about researching (if you did at all) for this book to be as accurate about mental processes the way it is?
When you first made Nationstates, did you think it would ever succeed?
Hey Max, can you tell me about your childhood life?
What inspired you to write Jennifer Government?
Hey Max, do you make any money off of nationstates?
Hey max I've been using Nationstates for a year now and is there a way to give reviews or something?
What was Wil Anderson like in highschool? any embarrassing stories of him?
Are you ticklish and where? Yes I'm weird, don't judge me :p
Would you consider making a mobile app for NationStates? That would be awesome!
My name is Owen!
How much of Lexicon if any is based on fact, I mean as in words doing what they did in the book?
Would you rather the governments of the world spend their money on public defense (military, police, protection, weapons) or space colonies on Luna and Mars?
What is it like to program NationStates? A bit of a technical question, but I'm a beginner programmer and I'd love to know what language it was made in.
are you ever going to die
Hey Max, what is wrong with politics nowdays?
If you were American, who would you support for President?
When's the next book?
Are you ever going to go ahead and take a survey of how many people have which government type in NationStates?
What is your opinion about Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott?
What plans do you have for nation-states? Will you some day just decide to stop supporting the website? If yes, what will you do?
Syrup is my favourite film of all time and I am about to purchase the book. Before I would, I would love to write up my thoughts on the film in terms of the idea of image and marketing incorporating the idea of social currency in play. Would you be interested in reading as I would love to hear your thoughts?
Max, I have several good ideas for fiction writing inside my head, but am having trouble getting started, putting the words in writing. Any suggestions? Do you work from beginning to end? Or sometimes start in the middle?
What inspired you to create NationStates?
In Lexicon, what significance does the name of the poet hold on the characters of your novel? I've chosen your novel to explore for an extended essay and wanted to discuss the novel as a social commentary (potentially).
what is your net worth
What's your nation in NationStates?
Hi Mr. Barry,
I enjoyed very much reading your book, Lexicon. I actually barreled through it, but I plan to read it again in a much more relaxed and attuned state of mind, now that I know what happened. You probably hate these kind of questions, but it bothered me that in the end Emily was able to distract Yeats by throwing water on his shoes. This was the second time Yeats was in Broken Hill and he should have known not to wear good shoes. A second question is more of a speculation, but could Harry being immune have had anything to do with the mobile his father built?
What were your motives for writing Machine Man?
Would you rather fight 1 Jennifer Government sized duck, or 100 duck sized Jennifer Governments?
I enjoyed your cameo towards the end of Lexicon! But I didn't notice you in any of your other books. Are you in those too? Is this a new thing? Will you be 'cameoing' in your next book?
What inspires you to write these books?
hey max. you talk a lot about editing. i was just wondering, after completing a first draft, do you wait/ how long do you wait before going back in and reworking it. i'll take my answer off the air.
Hey, I am an aspiring teen author, how would you suggest goign about a first novel?
Do you ever have the fear that what you're writing will ever be worth reading? I'm trying to be an author, and I write what I like to read, but there's so much uncertainty in whether or not someone out there would pay to read my stories. To me, writing is not only an act of perseverance, but also an act of courage.
Are you making money from nation states?
what is your favorite book to read?(one from a different author).
What is your most favorite movie?
Did you read any how to be a writer stuff when you were coming up? Any recommendations or did you just kind of wing it?
Max, how does it feel to know that your little promo for Jennifer Government, NationStates, has become as large as it has?
hi max! i just wanted to say how much i love nationstates. i have been playing for more than 4 years now. I just wanted to say that you are a genius and i love your work.
I am a big fan of your book Lexicon, and even was able to let my Literature teacher use it for our reading group. However, I am stumped on something that may seem obvious. In regards to the 'words of power' (i.e. the raw word carved on the stone in the hospital), how were they created in the first place, and what did they cost to the makers who carved them?
I think nation states would make an excellent movie whereby the game morphs into reality and real countries play to develop strategies and the govt secretly uses the site to test ideology policy, which gets out of hand and creates a real world crisis.
Hugh Jackman can play lead role and I'd take a bit part and 2% royalty.....
Do you personally have a nation in Nationstates? Because i've been playing the game for awhile and always wondered if you do.
hay just wanted to know if you have any weird fears or phobias i have one that is called submechanophobia which as a fear of underwater objects such as hulls of ships.
Hi Max, what are your favorite sci-fi novels?
In Lexicon, what significance does the name of the poet hold on the characters of your novel? I've chosen your novel to explore for an extended essay and wanted to discuss the novel as a social commentary (potentially).
Sorry for the Odd Nationstates question
I was writing an article and I would just like to ask if you think that the WA would become more powerful in the future?
Will you do NationStates Zombies anytime soon again?
If there was one word you could use to describe Emily from Lexicon, what would it be?
I started writing a book and I'm at about 13,000++ words so far two years ago. Then after that I got busy with schoolwork and other stuff and couldn't go back to it. Now, I revisit it and realize that, well, it's total crap and that my writing style essentially changed. Now I've got to do a major re-edit and I haven't even finished it yet. Should I abandon it and start writing other things?
Are you writing another book? I have a feeling your next book will be a smash success.
If China invades Australia in a possible World War III Scenario (There is a video about it, titled "if World War III started in January 2016", Australia would be mentioned) What would be your plan?
Are there any plans to make NationStates multilingual? I'm Spanish and, although I speak English, many other people all around the world that could like to be in NS now cannot due to language barriers.
I hope you reply me soon
why did my wife leave me
Why did you call it nationstates?
It was really a big surprise when I found your book at my city public library.
PS: I live in Brazil
What did you buy with your sock of pennies?
Any plans for the Machine Man movie? I think playing up the horror/comedy of it all would work if done well in an Eli Roth/Clown kinda way...
Is there a God?
Max! I love your Novels. I have purchased Machine Man at least 10 times to hand out as gifts. My all time favorite book of yours is Lexicon. Would you ever consider writing another book set in the same universe as Lexicon? I would love to read about the Poets and their many missions and travels.
I look forward to new books from you!
Silly question, but if YOU made a country, like, a real one with actual recognition as a country and stuff, what would you call it?
Max, how did it feel when you found that sock full of pennies?
When you worked with her on the Syrup movie did Amber Heard strike you as the sort of person who would smuggle dogs, or marry Johnny Depp?
Are you familiar with the Sad Puppies?
The test to know my segment it's really? The result?
hey i think nationstates was a cool idea. have you ever thought about udating it to where the nations could be run in different times periods? or players could start out with a nation from cave man times and progress it to a futuristic nation? by upgrading your nation you could unlock more content. You could also have nations able to participate in wars with other nations in their time period. Guild wars would be a cool idea too. I haven't read any of your books so i don't really know what type of writer/ game designer you are, but if you feel like taking up my idea that would be cool.
MAX! Here's a thought that I want your opinion on. Okay so you know how when you buy a blu-ray movie you usually get a digital copy too? How come books aren't like that? Lets say someone goes into Barnes & Noble and buys a physical copy, they should do something like print an e-code on the receipt to download a version to your kindle or something. Do you think it would be a good idea? If not then whats do you think? I like to use the physical copy when I'm at home but I take my kindle with me on trips and that would be awesome for someone like me.
Max, what's something you always wanted to write about, but never have?
-Thinking maybe something historical that needs a little research, etc.
What's next for NationStates after the addition of WA Secretary-General?
I am writing a novel about a Itlain Mafia and I was wanting to include JFK his wife, his brother and the CIA. But I need ideas to include them in the story. Any ideas?
Can i be mod in nutrition states
How do you manage to code the April fools games so well on nationstates? How long do you spend on it?
What political ideology do you affiliate with or at least agree with in real life? After reading Jennifer Government seems like you are anti capitalist or at least left wing lol.
Are you proud of the game you've created? This obviously being NS.
Where do you live in Australia? Just wondering since I'm a fellow Aussie.
Max. Can you create other positions in the WA besides a Seceretary General. Like Deputy General. Or Chairman of the Secuity Council or Chairman of the General Assembly...
Are you a Republican or Democrat?
What do you like most about writing books?
What kind of cat do you have and how helpful is she when you are trying to write?
So what segment would you be? ;)
How do you feel about the fact that me and my friends sometimes call you "Min Nut" instead of "Max Barry"?
If you lived in the United States, which presidential candidate would you support and why?
Hello, I am Gabriella, I am from Brazil and I am making a school work about your book ( Machine man), and I would like to know who is Minter and why did you dedicated the book to him/her. Can you help us?
In Nationstates, as an all powerful dictator I feel that if I do not agree with a "solution" to an issue that I should be granted the "POWER!!!" to execute the stupid advisor that suggested the dumbass solution at will.
What was your favorite part about creating NationStates?
Why did you create NationStates?
With the masses of book series out there, if your publisher were to convince you to write a sequel, or threequel to one of your books, which would you choose?
Hi Max ! I'm French and I picked up Lexicon in a bookstore during a trip to New York two years ago and I loved it ! Which one of your books do you think I should start reading now ? Which one is you favorite (if you have one) ?
how are you? I've been wondering for a while why did you make nation states??
I was introduced to you on Wil Andersons podcast. Somi decided to Real Lexicon, so glad I did. I really enjoyed the book. No question, just praise.
If an nationstates fan made an fan sequel of nationstates would you allow it?
Lexicon was an exceptional piece of work Max. I really enjoyed reading it. My question is why did you choose Broken Hill? What is it symbolizing? I noticed that all the events were somehow always linked back to that one place.
Max, does your game NationStates use any machine learning
or neural networks to generate issues & stats?
Im sure the answer is somewhere on the internet, but i cant find it. That being said, i was curious as to what your next project is and when it might be coming out, not gonna lie im kinda jonesing for some more Barry.
Do you get bummed out that you are not more widely known? Lexicon was my favorite book of last year, why didn't it get more notice?
Is this thing on?
How many questions from Nationstates can you answer before your aorta bursts?
If you could become President/Prime Minister/King/Emperor/Chieftain/Grand Potentate of any country in the world, which would it be?
What is your least favorite book?
What do you do besides writing? Do you play board/video games? I'd love to know and stuff to make this sound sentimental.
Hi Max! By far my favorite writer. . . My question is, when is a film for "The Company" debuting?
You will have to take Nationstates to the cinema?
If you would like and what year will be ready?
What role does Carl serve in the novel? How does he contribute to the main conflict and climax of the storyâs plot? How does his personality contribute to the theme of the novel?
Hi Max! I'm writing a book but it inconveniently refuses to be planned anywhere other than in my head. Am I doomed to a creative internally narrated aneurysm? Also thanks for NS!
How many questions can this website handle before something breaks?
How many questions will you preserve for posterity; the graveyard of inquisitive idiots not suitable for front page publication?
Are you intimidated by other writers, if so how do you keep going?
Max! Will you add new games?
In the inevitable event of a zombie apocalypse in Australia, what would be your plans to ensure your survival?
Will you still write books for the non-infected population?
So what can we ask here?
Not so much as a question. More of an applause. I absolutely love nation states that is my favorite place to visit along side youtube. The new features for issues every three hours and instant confirmation is the best. It has boosted traffic to the site and one of the coolest parts is how it tells a person all the stats that updated. I am very excited for the future of the site and hope it goes on to grow larger than facebook, as it is a better outlet for socialization then fb (just my opinion).
Hi Max. I've had the pleasure of reading "Machine Man" for my college, English 102 class. I was just wondering, where your inspiration for this novel came from? Personal experience, perhaps?
In what programming languages did you develop Nation States?
Where did you get the idea of writing Machine Man?
You should allow people to edit the tax amount on nation states and more issues even if they are random and i know it is alot of work to get that done but it would be nice you also should have a like country that you can share with people where everyone in the country can vote a senate and a president and all that stuff so like a multiplayer nation
Will you ever make a NationStates app? That would be really cool.
The city-state I call "home" has announced plans to start tracking motorists by satellite, with intentions of eventually pricing the roads by distance driven and level of congestion instead of the current zonal system. How does it feel to be a modern-day Nostradamus (more commonly known as a Charlie Brooker)? Or have you simply been consulting for the Land Transport Authority of Singapore?
PS: I asked Siri to remind me to write this, and my iPhone's screen now says "Send an email to maximum battery".
What's your astrology sign/ birthday?
Hey Max! I'm sure writing has highs and lows. Have you ever had a point where you thought about packing the whole gig in? What was that point? Why didn't you?
(please don't pack it in)
In Lexicon: the mobile that Emily finds in Harry's house - is it a broken bareword that came out the mine? And is it the source of Harry's immunity since it hung over his crib and he was exposed to it in a fragmented state before he could speak?
Im in my second year of collehe and I recently read Machine Man for my English class and it was awesome and now I'm writing an essay on it (whoohoo) I was wondering do you relate yourself to any of the characters?
Hi Max, I have a lot of questions. Mostly I'm excited to see how many (if any) you answer. Also I'm excited about lists.
1) What author gets you really excited?
2) Do you ever binge-read authors? Read one book, proclaim it to be sheer brilliance, and then desperately seek out everything else they've ever written? (Just finished Lexicon, and I've seen the movie Syrup (which, actually, I didn't love, but I'm going to blindly attribute that to the fault of movie adaptations), and I'm now hungrily awaiting Jennifer Government and Company.)
3) How would you react to being likened to the bastard love child of Christopher Moore and Stephen King?
4) Can you write a sequel to Lexicon featuring Eliot in the afterworld kicking some ass and banging Charlotte a ton? Eliot was phenomenal, and he really got shafted. Of course, he had to, for the book and all, but don't you think you could toss him a small bone? Maybe just a novella? I'd settle for a short story.
5) You wrote that you like good first lines because they make you want to read the next line, or write the next line, and that's helpful. What's your advice to someone who maybe has a few decent first lines, but is lazy as sin? And also distracted by an unhealthy penchant for making lists. Lists usually do not make for very engaging reading.
6) Do you prefer to read physical books, or ebooks on some sort of device? I will pretend to not lose a little respect for you, depending on your answer, and I will also pretend that my respect could matter to you.
7) Have you ever noticed the main problem with lists is that, much like my botched attempts at writing stories, they don't really have a good way to end?
Are bald men really men at all?
TONG TONG TONG TONG TONG TONG TONG TONG BUTT DUCKS. Okay, now that my crazy is out, I have question.
Would you prefer near nuclear annihilation or alien takeover?
Max you have anything good happening soon?
What do you think of your apparent beauty pageant career on NationStates?
Could you put some hair on my head? and maybe give me a nose too, please.
What is your beef with the Kitten Softness Rating? is that not the most important rating ever?
Do you like pizza? If yes, what type? If no, what do you like?
Do you vote Republican or Democrat?
I always wondered, why is there no such government as communism in NS?
where did you get your idea in which you wrote Jennifer Government then you made
Regarding your World Census news announcement in NationStates, I noticed it had some similarities to the way people took control of Senior Management in Company. Of course nobody knew how to actually run Zephyr, but let's not focus on the details.
Was it intentional, or do you just have all those plots in your subconscious, fighting to find their way to the surface?
So I hear there will be a new Cencus design. Can you tell me when it will be implemented?
Pancakes or Waffles?
When is the next Nationstates update?
What is your segment, and can you provide a description of your segment profile? And what would your Poet name be?
I have been working on a novel for five-ish years. Seeing as everything I wrote eventually became obsolete plot-wise, and to an unfixable degree, I am sort of starting from square two. (Not really square one, I at least know now how the plot will go.) But I had to scrap most everything. I am trying to just work and finish the darn thing, but am just somewhat daunted by the project at this point. This book has become a part of me, and I can't just let it go. Any advice?
I know this is probably cheating, but Iâm a college student, and I recently read âMachine Manâ for my English 102 class (great book, definitely going to be a keeper). Anyway, I need to write an essay on the theme of the book, and Iâm not 100% sure what that would be. Since youâre the author, maybe you could give me a few pointers as to where to go. I would also like to know if youâre going to be publishing any books soon. Thank you!
How many of your books do you think would still work if you'd written them 10 years earlier or later?
Hey Max, what is your worst nightmare?
Why did you create nationstates? What is your nation?
How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren't real?
I assume you purposefully pitched and wrote your work for the US audience or US publishers. I gather this was, from your perspective, a much better idea then simply writing clichÃ©d Australian âliteratureâ (oh, the boredom....) or/and trying to pitch your 'type'/genre of novels to Australian publishers.
From a Melbourne writer, whom, just quit his awful public service job and is writing a novel.
Hey Max! I just read Lexicon and I absolutely loved it! I read it for a book talk for my English class. What inspired you to write this book? I literally read it for six hours straight and am referring it to my friends. Keep on the great writing!
Is Australia better than Austria?
Being the true capitalist that I am, I'm always keeping an eye out for new ways to line my pockets by fueling other people's petty conflicts of ego. Might you ever consider offloading ownership of Nationstates to an opportunistic entrepreneur?
Hey Max! I just got into NationStates (something I know you made) and I'm very interested in it. I just would like to ask you if you plan on adding anything new to it. Just saying.
I was just playing Nationstates (the thing people actually care about) and I happened to stumble across this site thing. So I did some reading and it turns out you're fairly, somewhat, barely interesting, which leads to my question; Have you thought to expand your books to other interests of people or are the books that you've already published the ones that get you going.
As an American, I expect people the world over to only read/watch news about the US. I'm glad you recognize that and, when you speak about politics or laws or news, etc., it's primarily about what is going on in America (America=US; CA, MX, the rest have their own names). However, it strikes me curious; Besides the odd lost kangaroo, does nothing noteworthy go on in your country? Do you even have news channels is it all just broadcasts of what we're doing?
I'm an independent bookshop owner who has loved your work since Syrup. I love it for it's bleak view of marketing (which I think is chief among things currently destroying the world). I have found it hard to attract customers, but am ethically against engaging in marketing. How do you balance this dichotomy (hating the marketing required to sell books) in your work?
We just started learning orbital mechanics in class, so I'm curious to what's your methods of relaxing and *not* smashing your head into a desk?
Until you pay me for the damage you did to my fence, my dogs will continue to poop in your yard.
hey buddy are you workin on anything new? i'm on the toilet right now at work and can think of no one i'd rather have in here with me. davem
Hey Max, sorry if you have heard this question before but how did you come up with Nationstates
Can i work at nationstates
What's your favorite pizza topping?
Did you think JGNS would be as famous as it was?
Can you intervene in NationStates decisions at all?
How did you think of making a in depth government based game?
Hi Max,There seem to be a lot of motions been put be put up for consideration in the World assembly that never get more then 20 or so approvals is this normal? And way is it allowed if it is such a waste of time if it never get to be voted on? It just seems to be a place where how to put this silly things are put forward for voting or maybe i just see it a little different to others. Sorry for been so long just wanted to know.
What is the weirdest issue you have ever seen on NationStates?
Will there be an apocalypse for Christmas like Santa invasion or something, i think it would be funny!!!!!
Hey Max, so, after reading Lexicon multiple times, I just have to know. who is the man at the end of the story? a part of me says it's Harry, but both him and Emily are dogs people. and the man and Emily have a cat. just save me from my misery of not knowing please!
I am a huge fan of NationStates and after i heard it is based of your novel the "Jennifer Goverment". I might read it as well. I respect you for writing and making this cool site. But how hard was it for you to get it all started?
Hey max I love nationstates it's super fun but I have a question do you have any interest in making a app version of it to work better on phones? Funny thing is I'm asking you on the phone I play nationstates so just wondering if that is any interest to you?
Hey Max, how do you feel when people berate your work? It probably does not happen that much (although in this day in age there is a plethora of keyboard warriors and critics so it's not impossible.) I'm an aspiring writer, so what advice would you give for ignoring the 'haters'?
Hey, Max. I checked in the current questions tab and this question wasn't there, so I'll ask again. I'm 12 years old and have a passion for writing, but I'm nervous that once I get through with my first novel that no publishers will take me seriously and read it. Any tips?
Also, can you tell me if your own questions are displayed in the "Questions" tab? If so, sorry for sending you the same question twice.
What is the Avrage time to rank up in NationStates?
Our of your published novels to date, which would you say was the most difficult to write?
If memory serves me correctly, you wrote a blog about cement being your prefered way to hide a corpse quite a number of years ago. But what would be your prefered (if not favorite) way to kill someone?
[Insert greeting here],
What would have to be the most controversial thing you've ever written and/or spoken?
Hey max, I joined about two months ago, and recently I've wondered, do you have a nation in NS? The original version, not CN or NS2.
Hi Max - Do you have any weird writing superstitions or habits? Like you always write while wearing the same pair of unwashed socks?
Hi Max - Do you have any involvement with NationStates? Or do you just let "your people" manage the site?
Hi, Max. I am 12 years old, and love to write. I don't see it as a profession, but am very enthusiastic about it. I want to write a book, but I'm afraid publisher's won't take me seriously because of my age.
What inspired you to do what you do?
This question has been stuck with me ever since I heard about your book 'Jennifer government': Why choose the title 'Jennifer government'?
I found Lexicon at a barnes and noble near my house in L.A. I loved it and went back to buy more of your books, but guess what? Thats was the last max barry book they had and they don't carry any more of your books. Did you know that there are no bookstores in L.A that carry your books? (i've checked all the BN's)
What is your all time favorite movie?
How are you?
Why gave you your inspiration for your novels and nationstates.
I'm currently reading Jennifer Government. What is your background in government or where have you learned everything needed to write this novel?
P.S. You have nice hair :)
Do you have a bitcoin address? I was going to buy a copy of Jennifer Government, but since it was only going to cost 1 cent, I figured you wouldn't get much of a cut and just pirated it instead.
What Happend if you create Nationstates 4
Oh, right. I really probably shouldn't be trying to inflate your ego with my words, but I adore your books. They're arguably some of the most clever things I've read recently. So thank you for that!
In the tiny type under your name I've read "will write for food" & "writes for cash." How about a paid food product placement of my new hot chili soy sauce, Soyracha, in an upcoming short story or novel? Also, would you be interested in taking a look at my short film Trumpopolis, you being a film guy yourself? Best regards, Dailey Pike
Hello Mr. Barry! Where did you get the idea to make Nation States?
Do you fear figs?
Why do you ask people to include a duck when sending emails to you? As in, why did you pick ducks, and not, say, some other waterfowl?
Could you envisage any of your existing characters crossing over into the future worlds and stories you create?
I just read your AMA where you talked about Syrup being a CULT HIT instead of an ACTUAL HIT. I read Syrup for the first time when I was 15 and it was the first book I really loved. This isn't really an ASK MAX as much as it is a COMPLIMENT MAX, because Syrup fans *are* hardcore :~)
how do you find ideas to write your books ?
Who is [violet] on NationStates?
Syrup was such a box office smash, is there going to be a sequel?
How do you stay focused enough to write long things, and how is it that you guys (authors) can structure something so that your stories stay interesting and keep moving? I find it super difficult to write more than a few pages of anything on the same topic.
hello max i would like to ask you do you like trains
what is it with you and ducks?
Any updates on Jennifer Government the movie?
I'd love to gift someone a signed copy of one of your books.. do you have anything like that available?
Any big future additions to NationStates?
What do you believe is your best book?
Did you ever epect your books to inspire a game that would be so popular?
I have nearly finished Company. I wish I'd written it! I love it and don't want it to end. I just wish it was true fiction and not the reality for so many of us drones! Thank you
How did you create the wonderful environment that is NationStates? How does a genius such as yourself be so awesome? How hard did you laugh after reading the email from the UN?
What does your mind create first: the storyline or the characters?
Hello Max, on NS, I am the Free Republic of Lamoni, one of the NS RP Mentors. I'd like to ask you about your personal opinion of the program in general, and what you think that we could be doing better.
Like most fans, I really hope we get some kind of adaptation of Lexicon someday. I think the thriller-style of the book, along with your quick-paced writing, would really lend itself to a visual medium. However, I wonder how the SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Harry-is-Wil plot twist would work visually. It works really well in the book, because (obviously) you're imagining the character in your head while you're reading, but in a medium where you can see both characters, I wonder if there's any way that this twist would work, and still carry the same weight. Is this something you've thought about in trying to negotiate an adaptation of the novel, and if so have you come up with a possible solution?
How do you decide which questions to answer? Do you ever feel like people are asking so many good questions that you don't know which ones to choose or is it more like "Wow, I actually got asked an interesting question today!"?
Where did you get your inspiration from? At one point did you feel comfortable and/or confident that you could be a full-time author/satirist?
how did you come up with nationstates?
are you on nationstates yourself if not you should make one
Can you please introduce to my class what NationStates is about? Where can I buy your books in Shanghai, China?
What inspiried you to make nationstates?
What is my name?
You're clearly a nerd (a handsome and charismatic nerd, but a nerd nonetheless) yet you have a cool, badass job as an author. This is a confusing concept. What do you find is the 'nerdiest' part of your job?
Felt so hopeless looking for answers to my qunesiots...until now.
Keep on writing and chgiugng away!
Hey, I'm using your book Lexicon for my grade 12 novel study because I personally love thrillers because the feel of being held on the edge of your seat is amazing. What I'm quite curious as as to what your inspiration for the book was? Or was it one of those things that just came to you late into the darkness of night?
If a man held a gun to your head and made you pick one of your books, which would you pick?
Hello, I am wondering if I would get banned or kicked for having the Dukes of hazard gerneral lee, other people call it the confederate flag, as my flag?
Well damn, that was a mistake.
You have a really counter-intuitive ask max interface. Shame on you.
Going right back on topic, Here is my question.
Other than the *the bureaucracy that shall not be named*, have you ever received any copyright infringement notices from companies? I can imagine having Nike's main marketing campaign be shooting kids who wear their shoes (spoilers haha!)is bound to get some attention from Big Brother.
Does changing your banners affect your country, so could changing your banners affect your economy?
Hey max, at what point in your life will you decide to be an author? Cheers.
What's a timeline for another book tour? Or, specifically, who do I need to bribe to get a personalized and signed book sent to Italy.
How difficult is it to get you to appear at a place and talk about your books? As in, how enticing must an offer be to convince you to leave the Prison Island?
Are you working on a new book?
What do you think of the Welsh?
Have you ever talked about your process before a first draft? Do you do a lot of prep, outlining, or notes collation, or that sorta thing?
What do you think of the works by Chuck Palahniuk (author of fight club)? Your novels both seem to knock on the typical American dream?
hardly anyone knows about you in australia. why do you think that is?
I started reading Lexicon but I haven't finished it yet. So far I really like it. I thought of how awesome if it was turned into a movie! Am I hoping to much...?
Max when is your next book due out since I'm anxiously awaiting a new Max Barry Book.
Please explain the last chapter in lexicon. I love the book and your way of writing so much but that chapter is driving me insane!
Hi Mr. Barry, I had a question for you regarding Lexicon. What was your reasoning behind Yeats' obsession with his shoes and do you like the way he turned out as a character? He seemed so weird and interesting to me and maybe that's why he remains in my memory even after I finished and he freaked me out. I would love if I got a response but if not it's understandable and thank you for your time!
would you please be my friend?
First of all, I have to say that Lexicon is definitely a must-read book. It is complete and full of complex ideas, and it made me question a lot, even events that occur in our modern-day society.
That being said, I have a lingering question about the book that I would love to have answered. In chapter Three of Babel, Eliot and BrontÃ« have a discussion in which Eliot says "I have this idea that it would have been a girl... She'd be grown now. A young woman." This, of course, made a my heart break a little, and I began to question what he was talking about. Thus, my question is the following: Is Emily, the young woman who just so happened to grow on the streets without her parents, Eliot and BrontÃ«'s daughter? It may be a stretch, but in my mind, the pieces add up to Emily being their daughter, explaining Eliot's compassion towards her. I really hope you can answer this! Thank you for your time.
If you could be on character from your book Lexicon, who would you be?
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was paid slightly above minimum wage and worked a moderate amount of shifts, but had a second job too to make ends meet?
What is the story with whuffy.com (last page of Lexicon IV, Two)? I get re-directed to a page about Australian TV. There does not seem to be a whuffy.com.
Where are you currently living?
Hi Max. You're back! Not really a question here. Just glad to see you weren't kidnapped by pirates and forced to read them Moby Dick in an old man's accent for the last eight months, though that might've made for a cool story. Can't wait to see what you're working on next.
do you actually reply to these
What's your policy on granting permission for a site to re-blog one of your blog posts.
On 25 November 2014, your blog post titled, 15 Ways To Write A Novel, appeared on Aerogramme Writerâs Studio.
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why do you have a big head
Do you have a nation(s) in NationStates and are you were willing to share one of their names? (I know the answer to my second question is "NO." I'm sure you wouldn't be interested in receiving 500+ telegrams per day:)
Also, do you take part in discussions in the NS forum? (Maybe I've already talked with you and I don't know it)
Whats it like being a famous author?
Are there new books coming up? Can't wait!
Hi, Max, I'm sure you've been asked this before, but could you please tell us your most important rule for setting up a writer's website? For instance, you've got a nice picture at the top of your site, but what if we're not as handsome as you are? Should we lead with something else? Or is a picture not the most important element of a website? Thanks very much.
are you open to any book ideas?
I was looking for .epub versions of your books to purchase, and ran across your article "My stupid industry." Well, that's awesome and all- but I still can't find .epub versions for sale anywhere. Can you suggest a place to get them, and/or do you want to do something off the wall like run a kickstarter for your next novel that supplies .epubs of older works for contributing?
I really like your stuff, and hope to see a lot more of it going forward. That means you need to get paid for it one way or another so you don't end up finding a different job because the industry is messed up. But I already carry a phone, a tablet and a laptop everywhere, and I'm not going to purchase a stupid Kindle to do something my tablet already does like a champ (I prefer Bookviser Premium on Windows 10 for my reading- it does what I want without hogging resources, and I already paid for it.)
I'm ready to buy your books right now- if I could find them in the right format. I don't want any more paper books at this point, and just want to have them in a cloud-based drive where they can sync with all my PCs whereever I'm at. So, I'm hoping you know- who is selling that? Can your publisher offer them directly if the resellers won't carry them?
Don't respond to this question if you are [violet].
If you were a Poet, who would you be named after?
What's it like living life as a minor public figure, both from your authorship and from your hit game?
Do you watch Doctor Who? And if so do you have a favorite Doctor?
What's the best way to take over the world (and keep it)?
When do you think your new book will be available to your audience? I have read all your books and am patiently waiting for your next piece of work.
Why am i a cow?
Did you ever imagine that so many people would go on nation states now knowing how many people are on the site
Does it ever sadden you that half of the questions asked to you are nonsensical and/or not relevant to the profession that you spent the past decade and a half of your life devoted to?
Canyou tell us what are you working on? Or you just sitting and doing nothing?
Why did you do it?
What is your favorite food?
Max, do you plan to add any more features to NationStates, or leave it alone and silently watch regions develop until DEN crushes us all?
Would you be a raider or defender on NS?
Have you heard of you Reggie-singing name twin? Look it up on YouTube, "Max Barry Money." Is this secretly you? Is it really all about money? Where does all the money spent on stamps go? The song says, "you know what, if you don't have no money you can't do no thing," is this true?
Is the new game NS3?
I just want to let you know that I'm honored to have had my questions approved for the past two days.
Is the Who Are You dialog deliberately wonky? It makes me adjust my glasses as if I'm the one with the wonk. Every time. Like a practical joke that just isn't practical at all.
Is Ask Max just a way for you to avoid doing what you're supposed to be doing? I know it's working a treat for me, so for that I doff my cap to you.
I imagine that the life of a writer is, by necessity, a solitary one. Even if it isn't, engage your imagination to see it as one. I know that when I work from home for prolonged periods (more than one day in a row), I become starved of human interaction and find myself chatting away to shopkeepers for an embarrasingly long time when I duck out for lunch. Do you, the imagined solitary writer, find yourself craving human interaction and creating wild excuses to seek out and interact with other people?
Is it physically possible to shoot bullets out of my mouth like the Russian Lexicon cover? If so, how much would it cost to surgically implant a firearm into my mouth?
Hi Max, Any updates on your Feb 18, 2006 blog post about getting sued for using corporate names in your novels? McDonalds plays a big role in my novel? Am I going to jail ;-) or am I safe? Could you please give us an update? Thanks Max!
Was Barack Hussein Obama actually born in the US?
Are you Tupac?
After reading Lexicon, I wonder why you choose RosalÃa de Castro as the main representative of Spanish chapter for the organization. As far as I know, RosalÃa is a major poet in Galician language but within Spanish literature she has a minor role, as far as the academy goes. So I wonder why you choose her! - Actually, I'm from Galicia so I'm sympathetic with the election, but the wonder goes anyhow. If you want/have the time to explain how you choose other poets it'd be awesome too!
What can you suggest to read in what is left of the summer? As an author, I'm sure you have to have had encountered some good books.
Dear Max, I'm just curious as to your thoughts about ebooks vs Paperback. Which is better for Authors? And which is better for readers?
what is your take on Nationstates current dramma over the resolution that created the "World Space Administration"?
Max, please tell me you are bringing Tales of Corporate Oppression back? I just submitted a new tale, I think you might like!!
What other sites did you make just like NationStates. Ne
Do you even lift?
So what did you think of Mad Max: Fury Road? I assume viewing is mandatory for Australians.
Max, you've no doubt heard of Xlibris and their exploits. Is there an efficient way of warning all new writers about them?
Which, if any, of your characters do you think is most like yourself? Also, if you were to make the casting decisions for a movie version of Company, who would play Eve?
Aloha Max, glad you're back. When you write near-future work, do you ever despair? If so, how do you handle it?
Max, I moved to Melbourne in early January and you went silent on Twitter on that exact moment. I feel like I've jinxed you. P.S. When are we hanging out to talk about the frustrations of writing?
Although initially I'd assumed that all questions typed inside the Ask Max Super Cute Bubble must be related at least tenuously to the art of writing the quick scan I made of of your blogs suggests a more inclusive question-scape. I like inclusive . I like that I just coined the term 'question-scape' even more... So here's my question:
I have a pet lamb named Martin who has developed a vitamin d deficiency due to lack of sunlight. Martin is a special needs lamb and can't spend endless hours outside and so to remedy the situation I purchased a metal-halide hydroponic grow lamp and suspended it from my lounge room ceiling directly above the spot where Martin and I have out daily 'hood massage and burp snuggle' session. His vitamin d deficiency is almost a thing of the past now so it's working - great news! But When I think of telling someone other than via a cute bible interface I feel a mixture of anxiety, restraint and the kind of spectacular, shooting star, glamourific, hurts-so-good pain that can only be truly experienced outside of a tour bus by standing in close proximity to a stream of hot metal shavings.
Question 1 (a&b) am I just channelling the baggage created in my youth when I hesitate in speaking of this 'indoor hydro-lamb' situation? Could the 'Try to grow weed in my bedroom closet' debacle from 25 years ago still be affecting my decisions to such an extent?
Question 2: is this enquiry sufficiently long enough to have made the Cute Bubble forever tied to the frustration felt in knowing that a rope a crossbeam are indeed nowhere to be found and to not finish reading the whole message would be like not watching Xanadu through to the final credits?
Blythe and Martin the Imagination Lamb
Even if you want to keep quiet about the game, can't you tell us anything? Something as abstract as concepts (Time management, moral decisions, resource optimisation) or as geeky as technology (programming language or challenges.) I might regret it since it would be a tease, but I'm willing to undergo that risk! ;-)
Did you ever read "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and if so did you like it and are you going to read the newly released other novel she wrote "To Set a Watchman"? (Sorry, that's 3 questions, technically.) And welcome back, can't wait for your next book!
What kind of wildlife you you normally see around your house? Does this influence your books in any way?
I have a question, if you're not too busy.
Your books, rather than sitting in a single genre like many writers, are much more varied than most I come across (sci-fi, action, satire, fantasy usually more than one in each book).
Do you think there's anything that unifies your work? Any particular concept or idea that keeps popping up in your books that you think drives you to write?
Max, you've broken the silence, hooray! Admitting you have a problem is the first step. :)
What dystopian ideas have you pondered and then seen happen in real life?
Why is everything in Australia up side down?
Is the game you're making a MUD? Because I love MUDs.
When is the next serial?
What was the first fictional world you remember falling in love with? I mean total immersion, the kind where you don't want to return to real world.
Hiya Max! Glad to see you back, looking forward to new stuff. I was wondering how you come up with the ideas for your stories?
As a gamer how do you feel about the current trend of remaking and remastering previously released games?
What does a typical day of writing look like?
A game by you would be very cool. I tried out NationStates for a short while but couldn't give it enough time. I will for this one! My question is: what programming language are you using, and do you need any help :)
How fast are you going to get sick of people abusing the "Ask Max" feature of your website just to keep themselves entertained at work.
I have a life size cut out of you in my bedroom. Do you prefer to be the big or the little spoon?
What are ten items which should NEVER be used in the bedroom? If you tape a list to your wall until you come up with ten that's fine :D
long time no hear or see Max - I would not follow you through the social network route - my intuitions weren't auguring positively - I am also busy writing my first [hopefully] novel - it has been percolating since 1984 - [the year my first book was published [actually 1985] - what types of variations to handwriting and console tapping - other than these two aforementioned do you use any other mediums? - your old fan, stan
I've written an unpublished novel, and I'd like to remove the "un." Do you have any tips for getting a publisher or agent to give me the time of day?
I have an abscess on my inner thigh. What ratio of milk do you put with your eggs when making scrambled?
Might be completely cliched, but I'll throw you an easy one: If you knew somebody that wanted to be a writer like you, was in a similar sort of spot in life (married, kids, tall, balding, etc), what advice would you give them to rock the shiz as hard as you do?
Why even, like, wear clothes?
It's awesome you are doing a game, games need great writers.
What genre is the game?
I noticed you've started brushing left to right instead of up to down. Are there dental benefits from brushing in this manner I am not aware of?
Last month I found out I was pregnant. Off the top of your head, do you think I should keep it?
Are you really answering questions?
Which one of your books you've written is your favorite? Also... how about Pluto? Freaking awesome huh! Why doesn't Australia have a space program? (that I know about?)
What is your process on getting started with a story and making that an appealing read that fans like me want to pay for?
Hey Max, can you please confirm this new computer game is *not* Nationstates 2.
When are we going to see the new book! I have gone through all your books and love it, I have been holding on Lexicon because I want to save it for the right moment! The rest I ate through them!
When is Company coming to the big screen? BTW reading about Ask Max was the best thing I've done all week.
What's your thoughts on Plenti, the multi-company loyalty program just starting in the U.S.? Are we getting closer to Jennifer Government?
if you were to one day snap and cut off a limb and replace it with something, which do you think it would be? oh and what would you choose to replace it with, a fork? a chainsaw? potato peeler? back scratcher?
Need any help programming or beta testing? I am here for you. Also, have you seen the movie "Frequencies"? Had some intriguing Max Barry allusions, not as good as Lexicon though!
How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?
Did you die? Love your work. You disappeared. How was the other side?
Did it give you a warm, fuzzy and rewarding feeling to help The South Pacific, from NationStates, pinpoint its creation date? :)
Max! Welcome back - all is forgiven. So will this game be safe for Good Game SP, or is it more for the 'grown ups' Good Game?
Do you think universals exist as real and distinct entities, or only as mental constructs?
How involved are you right now with the nation simulator you made, Nationstates?
What is your stance on microwaves? The machines, not the particular wavelength of electromagnetic radiation. Though you could also present your stance on those too, if you want.
Why are you so sexy?