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I asked John Varley about this directly, but he says he forgot.

In his 1986 short "The Unprocessed Word", he cites three other authors whose work in longhand and/or typewriter proves that you don't need a word processor. These are: SK in Maine, SR in Halifax, and DT in Oakland.

SK is Stephen King, SR is Spider Robinson, and neither I nor Varley know who "DT" is. Anyone have a guess?

  • Quite a few listed on isfdb – Fruitbat Jan 5 '18 at 7:30
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    Funny that he should mention Stephen King, who was virtually one of the first people ever to use a word processor. Oh well. – Mr Lister Jan 5 '18 at 8:13
  • @MrLister I didn't know that. I thought Jerry Pournelle was one of the first people ever to use a word processor. His Wikipedia page says "He is recognized as the first author to have written a published book contribution using a word processor on a personal computer, in 1977." – user14111 Jan 5 '18 at 9:35
  • Stephen King actually has his own mystic artifact, a particular sheaf of paper which he wrote his first published book with, and which he claims is linked to the successful first book of a few other authors. Word-processor-wise, I associate with the Word Processor of the Gods, which is fiction. – FuzzyBoots Jan 5 '18 at 12:24
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    JRR "Dave" Tolkien, of course. – RDFozz Jan 5 '18 at 17:23

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