Daryl Gregory Wrote a Book About Psychics That Sounds Like a Hella Fun Ride

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Today’s “Deal of the Day” at Publishers Marketplace involves Daryl Gregory, whom we called “a writer to watch” a year ago. He just sold a novel about psychics called Spoonbenders to Knopf in an auction, which means that publishers were fighting over it.

According to Publishers Marketplace, Spoonbenders is the story of the Amazing Telemachus family, who are all psychics. After “losing their matriarch and falling from grace on national television,” they have to find their way again, and figure out how to “use their powers to find the spectacular in everyday life.” And they’re being chased by the CIA, the mafia, and a “skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them.” Sounds like a fun ride!

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and a “skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them.”

Like...this could be fun. I’m not humorless about such things.

But honestly, the skeptical community would be so easy to please for anyone who had actual telekinetic powers (which is, I’m assuming, the premise here). This guy could agree to whatever terms James Randi (or whoever) proposed, and conduct a carefully controlled experiment under whatever conditions could be mutually agreed upon, and bam - all of a sudden, “Yes, but what about in a world where telekinesis demonstrably exists?” would suddenly become a part of every week’s episode of the SGU.

The term “skeptic” has been raked over the coals to mean someone who refuses to believe overwhelming evidence, when honestly, it means the exact opposite. It’s simply a person who demands good evidence, and that’s usually not hard if the thing you’re trying to evaluate actually exists in reality.