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Joined: Jan 1 2009

What happened to the journal I loved reading it. Reading it was like reading a living novel I truly enjoyed it.

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Joined: Apr 14 2010
many thanks

Much appreciation and a thousand thank-yous,
Your words have touched my life in an ineffably profound manner.

Joined: Nov 27 2011
Request to use line of lyrics from 'Scarlet Begonias' for novel

Dear Robert,
Hi, my name is Stephanie Geman-Marcotte. Please read the draft of the letter below which I have written (but not yet sent) to: Ice Nine Publishing Company, Inc.

I am asking for your blessing in my request and any additional help or suggestions that you would be willing to provide in my quest to obtain formal permission for the use of a line of your lyrics which plays a pivotal role in the development the plot in my sci-fi novel, 'Scarlet Begonias'.

In addition, would you be able to help me obtain a soundboard quality recording of the show from 4/27/1991 in Las Vegas (which I attended) where many chapters in the book take place.

You can read the first page and a sample chapter at my website I would be happy to provide you with a current draft of my novel if it would help you to make your decision.

Please reply to Steph@SciFiSteph or send a message within Facebook.

Stephanie Geman-Marcotte
"...if you please, I am on my bended knees..."

Stephanie Geman-Marcotte
xxxx Drive - xxx, IL 60073
847-508-xxx -

Ice Nine Publishing Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 1073
San Rafael, CA 94915
Phone: (415) 258-1542

Dear Ice Nine Publishing Company:
I am requesting permission to use “Scarlet Begonias” as the title of a novel I am writing and plan to submit for publication within the next year. I am also asking for permission to reprint the following lines from said song “Scarlet Begonias” (lyrics by Robert Hunter, music by Jerry Garcia) – song first appeared on the 1974 release Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel:

“I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong, It seldom turns out the way it does in the song. Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

This request is for permission to include the above content as part of the following book that I have almost completed:

"Scarlet Begonias" is a 103,000-word, sci-fi novel about Suzi Greenberg’s existential coming-of-age. An exploration of the entangled relationship between the measurement of evolution and the evolution of measurement drives this story toward Suzi’s eventual rescue from Sumbebekos and the simultaneous salvation of the universally accepted perception of existence.

Scientist Josh Weinstein is very concerned. An undeniable and unpredictable “mass drift” of the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK) has become evident. And even though a drift of 50 micrograms per year is acceptable and amounts to no more than ‘the breath of God’, Josh senses its deeper significance - does something exist if it can't be measured?

Mannie Foldsky, Josh's friend and fellow scientist, has finally perfected The Ouisa, a chemical catalyst for accelerated evolution. He assembles a band of Psycho-Cartographers to make a map, charting the landscape of a new, heightened sense of perception.

Suzi Greenberg is in trouble. Teek, a Wiccan glass blower, has invited her to join him and follow their favorite band across the country. Against the advice of her college roommate, Eve Mendel, and her on-again off-again boyfriend, Drake Driscol, she heads west after graduation with the Heart of Gold Coven to pursue enlightenment before being thrust into adulthood.

Veelura, Teek’s sister and High Priestess of the coven, has a Helping Friendly Book and wants to watch Suzi unravel her ego as suggested in the book to determine just how friendly her book really is. But Cassidy, Teek’s niece, believes that Suzi is in danger and contacts Eve in the dreamscape.

With Cassidy’s help, the Psycho-Cartographers determine Suzi’s coordinates on the map of perception, and use the IPK's missing mass to catapult through the negative curvature of phase-cancelled space to reach Suzi at a Grateful Dead show in Las Vegas.

Camouflaged by the second set light show, the Psycho-cartographers emerge, undetected in the middle of a stellar version of “Scarlet Begonias” to rescue Suzi who’d been psychically drained by the Helping Friendly Book and abandoned at the horizon of the dense vacuum of nothingness.


I believe that your company, Ice Nine Publishing Company, Inc., is currently the holder of the copyright, because the original work states that copyright is held in your name. If you do not currently hold the rights, please provide me with any information that can help me contact the proper rights-holder. Otherwise, your permission confirms that you hold the right to grant this permission.

This request is for a non-exclusive, irrevocable, and royalty-free permission, and it is not intended to interfere with other uses of the same work by you.

I intend to include a full citation to your work and other acknowledgement as you might request.

I would greatly appreciate your permission. If you require any additional information, do not hesitate to contact me at the address (e-mail preferred) or number above.

A duplicate copy of this request has been provided for your records. If you agree with the terms as described above, please sign the letter where indicated below and return one, notarized copy in the enclosed return envelope.


Stephanie Geman-Marcotte
"...if you please, I am on my bended knees..."

Permission is hereby granted:

Signature: _______________________________________

Name & Title: ____________________________________

Company/Affiliation: ______________________________


marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
as you apparently know

Ice Nine Publishing is the place to send this, as the responsible parties are unlikely to read or act upon it here.

ME, forum moderator

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

Put it this way. It is unlikely that Robert Hunter will read this. You will be better served by writing a letter in good form and sending it to Alan Trist at Ice Nine, as he is the right person for this, rather than posting a draft of what you intend to send here.


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