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The Question (ID Number 170)...

    I just obtained and read a review copy of "A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife," publish date August 1997, by Daniel Quinn and Tom Whalen. A very interesting read! It doesn't seem as "important" as your other books - but not everything you write has to be! Despite the lengthy introduction, I'm still a bit curious: What prompted you to pursue this project? Would it be appropriate to approach it similarly to "Flatland," a tale about a different realm of existence that comments on how we might make our own better?

    ...and the response:

    The Newcomer's Guide was a holiday from serious work. I trust readers will not be too scandalized that I occasionally take time off to do something for fun. I read FLATLAND many decades ago and I'm sure the experience influenced the Newcomer's Guide (which is NOT, however, intended as a comment on how we might make anything better).


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