Does anyone still send fan mail to their favourite author using good ol’ snail mail? Has anyone ever gotten a reply? These days it’s so easy to post a message on to an author’s blog or website. You are practically guaranteed a reply by any author who checks their website semi-regularly. But spare a thought for the diligent authors who wanted to respond to every letter they received when posting a letter was the only way to go. Answering them all would take up all their time – time better spent writing their next great work. Robert Heinlein, an American novelist and science fiction writer, came up with solution to that – the form letter. But not just any form letter. This form letter can reply to any possible letter he may have received.
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