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April 26, 2007

Dear Mona Clee

Filed under: books — iamza @ 7:00 am

Dear Mona Clee,

     Please don’t take this request as a rampant case of fan entitlement, but rather as proof that, if you ever did decide to write another book, there would be at least one person in the world eagerly waiting to read it.

     Re-reading Overshoot has proven to be an interesting experience, especially after watching a BBC Horizon special highlighting the effect of global dimming on the environment. It is disheartening — and, frankly, terrifying — to think that we might reach the global warming overshoot/point of no return highlighted in your novel much earlier than originally predicted.

     I must admit that I both love and am repulsed by the idea of the virus postulated in your novel. The protagonist, Moira, may have had her fears of brainwashing put to rest, but I cannot help but feel that anything that so radically alters human behaviour also fundamentally changes who we are. And I rather like the person I am today. Humanity may be selfish and unkind, but these flaws define us just as much as the occasional moments of inspired ingenuity and breathtaking creativity. More so, for if we had no flaws to fight against, if we were all born perfect, there would be no need to strive to better ourselves; no way to measure how far we’d come.

     That said, a world at peace with itself sounds idyllic. No more wars — no more foolhardy fighting, victims classed as collateral damage, or orphaned kids on the news. People looking out for each other rather than for how they best can benefit from any given situation. It would be hard for most of us to turn away from such a world.

All the best,




  1. I just read branch point by mona clee…is she still alive? No books in 10 years?

    Comment by allan — May 6, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

  2. Yes, Mona Clee is still very much alive. She just decided to stop banging her head against the brick wall known as Big Publishing and is now having way too much fun doing other things.

    Comment by Mona — May 8, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

  3. Overshoot was FANTASTIC. I just completed in, and am amazed at her awareness when she wrote the book almost 12 years ago! Being about the same age as the author, having worked (as she did), in Embarcadero 4 and heard the “screaming guy” on the bench in front of the EC Hyatt for 20 years, and having been at the same restaurants, I felt perhaps a closer connection to the the book than the norm. My gooseflesh stood on end when I read the term “security and prosperity” with regard to the massing on the Southern border of the US, as I could only think of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of today. Either this author is a psychic, or was totally plugged into a lot!

    I only wish she would write more!

    Comment by Me too — September 27, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

  4. Mona,

    I just left you a note on Amazon – As a child of the 60’s and early 70’s, Branch Point sometimes gives me the heebie-jeebies. I remember crouching in the hallway in elementary school during our (totally impotent) Atomic Attack Drills.

    I’m sorry to hear that Big Publishing has been an obstacle for you. I hope you ARE “having way too much fun” nowadays. Should you decide to write again, the Web is a great place to self-publish. We miss you!


    Comment by Greg Johnson — March 20, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

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