Monday, August 13, 2012

FAN #198: "URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL" by Sir Francis Burdett

Up today at the Sobel Wiki are two more For All Nails vignettes.  First, the third of Noel Maurer's quartet of post-vacation vignettes, #111C: "Call the Police There's a Madman Around", in which President Moctezuma's aides discuss the disturbing information provided by Joan Kahn.  Next, #198: "URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL" by Sir Francis Burdett, in which we learn that not even the Sobel Timeline is safe from advance fee fraud.

"Call the Police There's a Madman Around" was first posted to the soc.history.what-if newsgroup on 10 September 2002, and "URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL" was first posted on 18 December 2002 as Four Awl Nails XXIV, this being Sir Francis' way of posting unofficial FAN vignettes (as noted earlier, "Drinking Guide to Burgoyne" was originally Four Awl Nails vignette # IX, and "There She Is" was originally # XIII).  The FAN Cabal was so taken with "URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL" that it was retroactively made an official FAN vignette and assigned slot #198.  I made it even more official by writing a sequel, which we will be seeing here in a couple of days.

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