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Writing "Lost in the Mail"
by Robert J. Sawyer
Copyright © 1996 by Robert J. Sawyer
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"Lost in the Mail" is a very special story to me.
It's not autobiographical although I can see how people giving it a
cursory read might think that it is. Like Jacob Coin, I used to
want to become a paleontologist. And, like him, I spent many
years as a non-fiction writer. But Jacob is a sad man, and I am
not. He decided not to pursue his dream, and instead settled into
an uninteresting, uneventful life. Me, I did go after one of my
dreams being an SF writer. So, although Jacob isn't me, he is
what I might have ended up being in another reality and, of
course, turning points and alternative realities are precisely
what "Lost in the Mail" is about. I'm very pleased and,
frankly, a little surprised that such a quiet, introspective,
personal story has struck a responsive chord with so many people.
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