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John Norman : A Christmas Present for John Norman
Posted by Simon on 2010/12/1 10:50:00 (3427 reads)

A Christmas Present for John Norman.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.

Tal and greetings, dear friends.

Gorean Second Life LogoThe release of John Norman latest book, Swordsmen of Gor, volume 29 of the Chronicles of Counter-Earth, is undoubtedly cause for some celebration, yet we, addicted Gor fans, might show our enthusiasm and gratitude not just only by buying the book, but, also, perhaps, by giving the author a small token of our appreciation, in the form of a little Christmas present. After some thought, I figure, I have found the perfect gift for our favourite story teller.

There's an entire Gorean world out there, that John Norman knows nothing about. It is called Second Life Gor, and it is occupied by literally tens of thousands of Gor fans. So why don't we tell John Norman a story.

The illustrated story of Second Life Gor.

I think we should inform John Norman about Second Life Gor, and I need your help to do that. I think we should show John Norman what Second Life is like; what it's all about, and how much fun it can be. We can't get him in there, but we sure can show him some pictures, and tell him our tales.

So I am going to write an article about Second Life, especially for John Norman, which starts with a general introduction, the history of Second Life, the way it works, and such, and to this article, I would want to add member experiences; your experiences, what are you folks doing in Second Life, how much time are you spending there, why do you like it so much, and most importantly, why did you choose for Second Life Gor?

Additionally, I would like to create an annotated Gorean SL Christmas Holiday Photo Album, with screenshots of Gorean landscapes, cities, buildings, animals, tarns, ships, avatars, jewellery and fashion, anything that might be of interest, and together with descriptions and explanations of the screenshots and additional copyright information, I will print both the article and the photo album and send them to John Norman.

You can either post your experiences and stories on the Chronicles of Gor Forum (here), where we can talk about them publicly, or send them to me privately, using e-mail. I like to request that you send your screenshots to me personally using e-mail, so you don't have to become a member of Chronicles of Gor to participate. I will select the screenshots that are used to illustrate the article myself.

Additionally, all screenshots will be uploaded to one or more photo galleries on the Chronicles of Gor website. During the next two weeks, the rating system of the Gallery will be turned off. On Saturday, December 18, and Sunday, December 19, the rating system will be re-activated and members of Chronicles of Gor will be able to vote and select the screenshots they like most. Depending on the actual number of submitted screenshots, either all or the only the top-rated screenshots will be selected and turned into an annotated Second Life Gor photo album, which will be printed on Monday, December 20, and send to John Norman, with a digital copy to his agent, Mr. Richard Curtis.

I am aware that two and a half weeks is not much time, but we're actually counting on sending a second album, and perhaps, even a third; if John Norman likes it, he will probably respond and we will publish his letter. To be sure. it depends a little on how he responds, but if he gives the impression that he wants to know more, then we will start working on a second album.

Finally, I would like to ask all of you to forward this message to anyone who might be interested and willing to participate. Post it on any other forum you are a member of. Write it in the sky of Second Life, if that is possible, but get the word around.

I know some of you have been building for years to create an astoundingly beautiful Gorean environment, and if you are proud of your work, you should do yourself a favour, and show it to the fellow upon whose shoulders you have been standing.

Take care,

PS. My e-mail address is: simonvanmeygaarden@gmail.com

If you forward or post this message elsewhere, please leave the Gorean Second Life Logo in the message.

I will keep you informed of progress within this thread, and, every few days or so, add a small summery to the accompanying news item (here).


By sending me your screenshots you implicitly claim the copyright of the attached files, together with the associated responsibilities and obligations, as explained in Linden Lab's Official Snapshot and Machinima Policy (http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linde ... shot_and_machinima_policy).

Additionally, you implicitly grant me permission to print your screenshots and send them to John Norman and his agent; to upload them to one or more public or member-only photo galleries on the Chronicles of Gor website, and to use them within any article about Second Life Gor to be published on the Chronicles of Gor website. If you wish so, I will explicitly reference you as the copyright owner of the particular screenshot.

I might also use your screenshots in creating additional artwork for the Chronicles of Gor website, or within any article about Second Life Gor to be published elsewhere. If I do so, I will ask your written permission before publishing such derivative works.


Updated December 15, 2010.

Tal, Folks.

When I launched this Christmas present idea, two weeks ago, I figured it would probably remain small, in numbers of participants and submitted photos, and such. I also thought it was rather safe, on the presumption that Mr. Norman knew very little about Second Life, and that he wouldn't mind being informed about it, without any obligation to endorse or sanction it. When I mentioned the idea to Richard Curtis, Mr. Norman's agent, he thought it was "an awesome idea". So what could go wrong?

Well, the first thing that went wrong was that Garian found strong indications that Mr. Norman *was* aware of Gorean Second Life, that he had received several letters from fans about it, and that his response was rather stern and adamant:

"You must understand that what you are doing, and what many others, in various ways, are doing on the Internet, in gaming, in role-play and whatsoever, pertaining directly or indirectly to my work is absolutely unauthorized."
(John Norman, February 2010)

Secondly, after some research, I realized that the size of Gorean Second Life was much larger then I had expected, with estimates ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 active participants, and when I informed Mr. Curtis about this, he used the subject in his personal blog on the E-Reads website (here).

Then it came to my attention that there were some concerns within the Chronicles of Gor membership. If Mr. Norman was against the use of his work in Second Life, and the Chronicles of Gor would give the impression of supporting it, this might jeopardize our relationship.

Finally, I also learned about concerns within Gorean Second Life, especially among those who run the Sims, who fear that an increase of publicity might result in legal action similar to that of the Dune Estate and Universal Studios. As I have expressed earlier, this seems to put these folks into an impossible situation. However, ultimately, it is the author himself who decides what is fair and what is not.

In view of all these circumstances, I have decided to temporarily postpone this project.

It makes no sense to rush this forward just in order to label it a Christmas present. I am not abandoning the project, and I do hope to receive many more photos, and stories, and such, but I am not going to send anything to John Norman until I know more about how he feels about this. I have spoken with Mr. Curtis by phone, it is clear that there is much at stake, here, and there are a few ideas about how to solve it, but, obviously, this all needs to be discussed in detail with all parties involved, before anything can be made public. A little patience, in this matter, I think, might prove very beneficial.

We will send Mr. Norman a Christmas Card, and those who wish to participate can leave their best wishes here.

Take care,


Updated December 20, 2010.

The Christmas Card is on its way, and I am expecting an official statement from John Norman shortly. In the mean time, check out our Gorean Second Life Photo Gallery (here).

John Norman : John Norman says Thanks!
Posted by Simon on 2010/8/9 8:44:15 (2728 reads)

For those who have been wondering about what happened after we had send John Norman a Birthday Card (here), Mr. Norman actually responded within two days after his birthday, but alas, using his good old type-writer, and I shamefully admit, it took us much to long, before we could share his response with his fans. My apologies for that.

But here it is, for all those who signed the card, let it be known, that John Norman says Thanks!

From a recent letter by John Norman to his literary agent, Mr. Richard Curtis:

"Thanks very much for conveying the lovely birthday greetings from the Chronicles-of-Gor people [...]. I very much appreciate [...] the kindness of all the thoughts involved. It was wonderful to receive the note, and I thank everyone involved.

If it is practical, and not too much trouble, I would much appreciate it if you might let the Chronicles-of-Gor folks, the wonderful readers and friends, [...] who have done so much for me so well, know how much I appreciate their warmth, concern, and support.


With best wishes.
John Norman"

John Norman : Birthday Card Send
Posted by Simon on 2010/5/31 11:10:00 (2711 reads)

Today, on behalf of 58 international fans of John Norman, we have send John Norman's Birthday Card 2010 to Mr. Richard Curtis, John Norman's literary agent, with a request to make sure that the card is delivered on June 3rd, 2010, Mr. Norman's 79th birthday.

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John Norman : John Norman's Birthday Card
Posted by Simon on 2010/5/6 10:50:00 (1841 reads)

Thursday, 6th of May, 2010.

Exactly four weeks from today, on June 3rd, 2010, John Norman will celebrate his 79th birthday.

We, staff and members of the Chronicles of Gor website, would like to send John Norman a birthday card.

Nothing fancy, just a simple, printed card, with the text "Happy birthday, John Norman" on the top of the card, and below that, the text "On behalf of all your fans..." followed by a simple list of names and countries. Full names, or just first names, it doesn't matter. Ten names, a hundred names, or a thousand names, it also doesn't matter. It's the gesture that counts.

We will ask Richard Curtis, John Norman's New York based literary agent, to print the card and make sure it gets delivered to John Norman on the day of his birth, the 3rd of June, 2010. We am quite sure, that Mr. Curtis will support the idea, and do us the honour of delivering the message.

For the next three weeks, we will be collecting names to add to the birthday card.

If you, dear reader, have read some or many of John Norman's books, and you liked them, and if you want your name to appear on that birthday card, then login to the Chronicles of Gor website, and leave your name and country in our birthday-card thread, here (members-only). But you don't even have to become a member to join the celebration. Simply send us an e-mail (birthday@gorchronicles.com), and we'll do it for you. Confidentiality guaranteed.

Mr. Norman spend almost half a century writing his books - why not show him, we appreciate his effort!

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John Norman : Birthday Card Details
Posted by Simon on 2010/5/6 10:40:00 (2730 reads)

Here are the details for John Norman's Birthday Card.

Registered members of Chronicles of Gor can add their name and country to the thread entitled "John Norman's Birthday Card" in our General Gorean Discussions Forum (here). Within 24 hours, one of our staff members will add the name and country to the working version of the Birthday Card, within our News Section (here). Members who don't want to post, can also send an e-mail (see below).

Anyone can get their name on the card, you don't need to become a member. Send an e-mail to birthday@gorchronicles.com, and tell us the name and country you wish to add. We will confirm the receipt of your e-mail immediately. Within 24 hours, one of our staff members will add your name and country to the card, and send you a second e-mail with a link to the working version of the Birthday Card (here). After June 3rd, 2010, your e-mail address will be deleted from our databases.

Name and Country
The names on the card will be listed in alphabetical order. You can either sign using your full name and country (in my case "Simon van Meygaarden - The Netherlands"), just use your first name and country ("Simon - The Netherlands") or use a reasonable alias ("Simon The Elder - The Netherlands").

Please note that we will *not* accept silly or offensive names, like "xp21v12", "simon's doggy" or "bull-shit-13". If we think the suggested name does not qualify our criteria, we will contact you by e-mail and try to find an acceptable solution. In case of lasting disagreement, Chronicles of Gor reserves the right to refuse a particular participation, on grounds of impropriety.

Participation is open as of today. We will send the Birthday Card somewhere around the 1st of June, 2010, and submission will close some 24 hours before, on May 31, 2010.

If needed, we will add more details to this item in the weeks to come.

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