Welcome to the last installment of Avocado of Death Week, a series of posts devoted to the first Snarkout Boys book. I’ve learned a lot and been quite inspired, especially by Professor Walter Hogan’s bold ideas. We also got up close and personal with Webmaster Ed! What a nice guy!
And we had another chance to put some questions to Daniel Pinkwater. He’s very kind about answering questions, but since they are sometimes short, I’ve been giving the Alligatron a chance to expand on his answers a little bit.
Here’s the last of the interview:
SR: At the risk of sounding like a fanboy … how can the
DP: YOU KNOW PERFECTLY WELL THAT BOTH HOGBORO AND BACONBURG ARE ANALOGUES OF
CHICAGO, WHERE A REAL CHICKEN MAN EXISTED AND I BELIEVE IS PICTURED
SOMEWHERE ON PINKWATER.COM.
The Pinkwater Multiverse, like the Moorcock Multiverse, is a series of planes of existence.
For details about the different planes and how to travel amongst them, read Alan Mendelsohn.
In the Moorcock universe, there is a city called Tanelorn, which exists in all planes and is well worth seeking out. Chicago is Pinkwater’s Tanelorn
Like Moorcock’s “Eternal Champion,” Pinkwater’s “Eternal Hapless Hefty High-School Nerd Non-champions” are doomed to tred these planes forever. Alan, Arthur, Walter Galt, Victor, Leonard Neeble, Robert Nifkin and, of course, Ned are actually aspects of the same being. Pinkwater, himself, may be, too.
Many of these Aspects have a buddy — a Companion to Non-champions in Moorcock-ese –who may or may not know more about the multiverse and may or may not be willing to share it.
Some aspects of the “Eternal Non-champions” become aware of the multiverse. Alan Mendelsohn, for example, and Pinkwater who had done us the favor of recording his knowledge and disguising it as a series of excellent mid-grade novels.
Furthermore, there are other beings capable of crossing the planes – the Fat Men From Space, for example, can show up where they will. They may in fact have certain responsibilities in maintaining the balance of the universe.
So, the answer Pinkwater didn’t give us to the original question is:
The Chicken Man, with his many many aliases, also drifts between planes, but sticks to the city of Chicago, with it’s many aliases.