microfin asked: My father claims the line "violence was the last refuge of the incompetent" (from Neverwhere) belongs to Isaac Asimov. Was the reference intentional?
Absolutely. It’s a very famous Asimov quote (the “and empty threats the last sanctuary of the terminally inept” is mine). There a few hat tips to SF authors in Nevewhere, although my most favourite is the “The sky was the perfect untroubled blue of a television screen tuned to an empty channel”, which is a quote and commentary on the opening lines of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
I imagine that soon, the Gibson reference must be interpreted in historical context, because e.g. my LCD-TV does not know static anymore, but shows a full, deep, perfect (0.0.255) blue when there’s no signal.
You must reread my Neverwhere version of the quote more carefully…
Finished listening to the last episode of Neverwhere. The fact that there’s so much more potential story left open is made all the more maddening since Gaiman doesn’t write sequels. It was some act of god or a merciful turn of the universe that Anansi Boys and American Gods is set within the same universe, to say nothing of the fact that he did a novella with Shadow versus Grendel apparently just for the hell of it. Neverwhere’s what got me into Gaiman’s stuff to begin with, I’ve read it at least seven times, and now the radio play’s done and I feel bereft of the story all over again.
guys you don’t understand how much I need a Neverwhere sequel or spinoff it’s actually painful
I’m nearly finished with “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”, for a Gardner Dozois anthology called ROGUES. It has de Carabas in it, along with the Shepherds of Shepherds Bush, the Mushroom People, and the Elephant…
It’s not that I don’t write sequels. It’s that I get distracted by things I’ve never done and don’t know how to do before I ever get to them.