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I know this seems way ahead of its time but I definitely read this in the late 80s/ early 90s. He rarely left his apartment and something he wrote went viral & earned him loads.

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  • Was this a full-length novel or a novella? Was it definitely a male? Do you remember anything about his background such as age or nationality?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 18:38
  • It was a full length novel. Definitely not Heinlein & pretty sure no-one else I was familiar with. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 0:15
  • Male protagonist, not sure if his age was mentioned but he wasn't particularly young. I seem to remember the stuff he wrote was a bit dry & scholarly. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 0:19
  • I keep thinking there was a sort of alien invasion he or someone he know was involved in, but then I realise I'm thinking of Pohl's Age Of Pussyfoot, which it isn't. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 0:22
  • Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash has a character post lots of little snippets of information he's seen or overheard to people who pay him a tiny amount each time e.g. a Movie exec is talking about how much he likes the idea of someone blowing up cars in a junkyard with a rocket launcher, he's overheard and lots of desperate screenwriters can bombard him with junkyard/rocket launcher scenes. Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 18:46

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