Chat: A Cybernovel

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This utterly original novel invites you to "eavesdrop" on the electronic correspondence between two people who have just met online: Bev, a tough-minded book editor who has been logging on for years, and Max, a restless advertising copywriter who boldly strikes up a conversation. With each e-mail exchange, two people who are at first faceless come vibrantly alive through their sometimes serious, frequently funny, and always believable messages to each other. As Bev becomes less inhibited, Max becomes more ...
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Overview

This utterly original novel invites you to "eavesdrop" on the electronic correspondence between two people who have just met online: Bev, a tough-minded book editor who has been logging on for years, and Max, a restless advertising copywriter who boldly strikes up a conversation. With each e-mail exchange, two people who are at first faceless come vibrantly alive through their sometimes serious, frequently funny, and always believable messages to each other. As Bev becomes less inhibited, Max becomes more fascinated, and their relationship grows more intense -- until an unforeseen event changes the rules of the game forever.

Intimate, compelling, and unpredictable, Chat gives a fresh twist to the thrill of romantic adventure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201886689
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 4.73 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Nan McCarthy was born in Chicago in 1961. A former computer journalist, Nan is the author of the cybernovels Chat, Connect and Crash. She is currently working on her next book, a blues novel set on the South Side of Chicago. Nan lives in Grayslake, Illinois, with her husband, their two sons, one dog, five cats, and an amazing goldfish named Elvis. You can visit Nan's Web site at rainwater.com or write to her at nan@rainwater.com.
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Session One

> Private Mail
> Date: Friday, July 14, 1995 1:48 a.m.
> From: Maximillan@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Hello
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Beverly, (is that your real name?)

I've seen your messages in the Writer's Forum and you seem to know a lot about computers. I'm thinking of upgrading my old '386 PC and I'm wondering if you can give me any advice on whether I should buy a PC or a Macintosh.

Also, I noticed in your member profile that you're an editor. Where do you work? I'm a copywriter...maybe we could get together sometime.

Maximilian (that's my real name)


> Private Mail
> Date: Monday, July 17, 1995 7:32 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Thanks, but No Thanks
> To: Maximilian@miller&morris.com

Maximilian:

I really don't like to give advice on whether a person should buy a Mac or a PC, especially because I know nothing about the way you work and what you want to accomplish with your computer. If you're just going to be doing word processing, it probably doesn't matter whether you use a Mac or a PC.

I'm sorry I don't have time to chat but I'm under a lot of deadlines at the moment.

p.s. Just in case you didn't notice, my member profile says I'm married.


> Private Mail
> Date: Monday, July 17, 1995 11:08 a.m.
> From: Maximillan@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Ouch!
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Sheesh! You didn't seem so uptight in your messages on the Writer's Forum! Besides, I wasn't trying to pick you up -- I don't do cybersex, and you could be a real toad for all I know.

I promise to quit bugging you if you'll just tell me whether or notBeverly is your real name.

Maximilian


> Private Mail
> Date: Tuesday, July 18, 1995 6:50 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Ouch!
> To: Maximilian@miller&morris.com

Maximilian:

Excuse me? I am not a toad, for your information.

You, on the other hand, are probably wearing a smelly jogging suit with your butt hanging out the back and Cheetos crumbs hanging off your beard.

But since you've promised to stop bothering me, I will tell you that Beverly is my real name. And I am *not* uptight, BTW.

Beverly


> Private Mail
> Date: Tuesday, July 18, 1995 10:37 a.m.
> From: Maximilian@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Sorry
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Beverly,

Look, I'm really sorry. I had a hangover when I wrote that message at work yesterday morning. Can we start over? I swear I wasn't trying to pick you up...I've just been a copywriter for so long that I was curious how you got to be an editor.

Maximilian

p.s. I don't wear jogging suits, I don't have a beard, and I don't even like Cheetos. What does "BTW" mean? And why did you put asterisks around one of your words?


> Private Mail
> Date: Wednesday, July 19, 1995 7:23 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Sorry
> To: Maximilian@miller&morris.com

Maximilian:

I thought you said you wanted computer advice, not career advice? And who's your boss anyway? From the time on your messages, it looks as if you're strolling into work just in time to take your lunch break. If you worked for me, I'd fire your ass in a heartbeat.

Beverly

p.s. You must be new online -- "BTW" stands for "by the way." People use all sorts of acronyms like that to make typing online faster and easier. The asterisks are used for emphasis, because you can't type in italics online. Some people use underscores at the beginning and end of a word or phrase (_like this_) to mean the same thing.


> Private Mail
> Date: Thursday, July 20, 1995 11:41 a.m.
> From: Maximilian@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Sorry
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

OK, so now that we've established we could never work together, I guess there's not much else to talk about, since you seem fairly incapable of having any kind of conversation that's even remotely personal.

(And yes, I'm new to this whole online thing.)

Maximilian


> Private Mail
> Date: Friday, July 21, 1995 8:02 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Truce?
> To: Maximillan@miller&morris.com

Maximilian,

I am not incapable of participating in friendly discussion. It's just that I get a lot of weird e-mail from people I don't even know. Usually people want something from me, like they want me to read their nephew's first novel and help them get it published, or they want computer advice, or sometimes these people are just plain lunatics, and I have to change my e-mail address in order to get away from them. One woman found out where I lived and started calling me at all hours of the night, threatening to commit suicide if I didn't talk to her. The sysops had to lock her out of one of the chat rooms because she was filling up the message boards with all these crazy ramblings, and a bunch of us had to get unlisted phone numbers.

Even the people who just want computer or editorial advice expect me to give away my time for free; they don't understand that I, too, have to work for a living.

Oh well, sorry for the little flame there; I guess you've hit one of my sore spots.

Just so you know -- a "flame" is a message from someone who's pissed off and venting a lot of steam; my message is pretty mild compared to some of the flames you see online. A "sysop" is someone who manages a forum (it's short for "system operator"), and the stands for an electronic grin. Because you can't see the expressions on people's faces or hear the inflection of their voices when "talking" online, a lot of people use the or :-) (sideways smiley face, called an "emoticon") to show they are joking or trying to be friendly when typing something that could be misconstrued.

Tell you what: Just to show you that I am not a horrible person, I'll let you ask me one question, which I will answer to the best of my knowledge. One question, one answer. Deal?

Beverly


> Private Mail
> Date: Saturday, July 22, 1995 2:14 a.m.
> From: Maximilian@miller&morris.com
> Subj: One Question
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Beverly,

It's a deal, and thanks for the background info on what all that jargon means. I've been wondering what it all stands for since I got online a few weeks ago, but have always felt too stupid to ask about it in a public chat room.

And now...Here's my question:

Are you happy?

Copyright © 1995 by Nancy J. McCarthy

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First Chapter

Session One > Private Mail
> Date: Friday, July 14, 1995 1:48 a.m.
> From: Maximillan@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Hello
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Beverly, (is that your real name?)

I've seen your messages in the Writer's Forum and you seem to know a lot about computers. I'm thinking of upgrading my old '386 PC and I'm wondering if you can give me any advice on whether I should buy a PC or a Macintosh.

Also, I noticed in your member profile that you're an editor. Where do you work? I'm a copywriter...maybe we could get together sometime.

Maximilian (that's my real name)


> Private Mail
> Date: Monday, July 17, 1995 7:32 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Thanks, but No Thanks
> To: Maximilian@miller&morris.com

Maximilian:

I really don't like to give advice on whether a person should buy a Mac or a PC, especially because I know nothing about the way you work and what you want to accomplish with your computer. If you're just going to be doing word processing, it probably doesn't matter whether you use a Mac or a PC.

I'm sorry I don't have time to chat but I'm under a lot of deadlines at the moment.

p.s. Just in case you didn't notice, my member profile says I'm married.


> Private Mail
> Date: Monday, July 17, 1995 11:08 a.m.
> From: Maximillan@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Ouch!
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Sheesh! You didn't seem so uptight in your messages on the Writer's Forum! Besides, I wasn't trying to pick you up -- I don't do cybersex, and you could be a real toad for all I know.

I promise to quit bugging you if you'll just tell me whether or not Beverly is your real name.

Maximilian


> Private Mail
> Date: Tuesday, July 18, 1995 6:50 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Ouch!
> To: Maximilian@miller&morris.com

Maximilian:

Excuse me? I am not a toad, for your information.

You, on the other hand, are probably wearing a smelly jogging suit with your butt hanging out the back and Cheetos crumbs hanging off your beard.

But since you've promised to stop bothering me, I will tell you that Beverly is my real name. And I am *not* uptight, BTW.

Beverly


> Private Mail
> Date: Tuesday, July 18, 1995 10:37 a.m.
> From: Maximilian@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Sorry
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Beverly,

Look, I'm really sorry. I had a hangover when I wrote that message at work yesterday morning. Can we start over? I swear I wasn't trying to pick you up...I've just been a copywriter for so long that I was curious how you got to be an editor.

Maximilian

p.s. I don't wear jogging suits, I don't have a beard, and I don't even like Cheetos. What does "BTW" mean? And why did you put asterisks around one of your words?


> Private Mail
> Date: Wednesday, July 19, 1995 7:23 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Sorry
> To: Maximilian@miller&morris.com

Maximilian:

I thought you said you wanted computer advice, not career advice? And who's your boss anyway? From the time on your messages, it looks as if you're strolling into work just in time to take your lunch break. If you worked for me, I'd fire your ass in a heartbeat.

Beverly

p.s. You must be new online -- "BTW" stands for "by the way." People use all sorts of acronyms like that to make typing online faster and easier. The asterisks are used for emphasis, because you can't type in italics online. Some people use underscores at the beginning and end of a word or phrase (_like this_) to mean the same thing.


> Private Mail
> Date: Thursday, July 20, 1995 11:41 a.m.
> From: Maximilian@miller&morris.com
> Subj: Sorry
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

OK, so now that we've established we could never work together, I guess there's not much else to talk about, since you seem fairly incapable of having any kind of conversation that's even remotely personal.

(And yes, I'm new to this whole online thing.)

Maximilian


> Private Mail
> Date: Friday, July 21, 1995 8:02 a.m.
> From: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com
> Subj: Truce?
> To: Maximillan@miller&morris.com

Maximilian,

I am not incapable of participating in friendly discussion. It's just that I get a lot of weird e-mail from people I don't even know. Usually people want something from me, like they want me to read their nephew's first novel and help them get it published, or they want computer advice, or sometimes these people are just plain lunatics, and I have to change my e-mail address in order to get away from them. One woman found out where I lived and started calling me at all hours of the night, threatening to commit suicide if I didn't talk to her. The sysops had to lock her out of one of the chat rooms because she was filling up the message boards with all these crazy ramblings, and a bunch of us had to get unlisted phone numbers.

Even the people who just want computer or editorial advice expect me to give away my time for free; they don't understand that I, too, have to work for a living.

Oh well, sorry for the little flame there; I guess you've hit one of my sore spots.

Just so you know -- a "flame" is a message from someone who's pissed off and venting a lot of steam; my message is pretty mild compared to some of the flames you see online. A "sysop" is someone who manages a forum (it's short for "system operator"), and the stands for an electronic grin. Because you can't see the expressions on people's faces or hear the inflection of their voices when "talking" online, a lot of people use the or :-) (sideways smiley face, called an "emoticon") to show they are joking or trying to be friendly when typing something that could be misconstrued.

Tell you what: Just to show you that I am not a horrible person, I'll let you ask me one question, which I will answer to the best of my knowledge. One question, one answer. Deal?

Beverly


> Private Mail
> Date: Saturday, July 22, 1995 2:14 a.m.
> From: Maximilian@miller&morris.com
> Subj: One Question
> To: BevJ@frederic_gerard.com

Beverly,

It's a deal, and thanks for the background info on what all that jargon means. I've been wondering what it all stands for since I got online a few weeks ago, but have always felt too stupid to ask about it in a public chat room.

And now...Here's my question:

Are you happy?

Copyright © 1995 by Nancy J. McCarthy

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Seems like it shiukd be free

    It was made when i was just turning 1. Seems like ut should be free. Ya know?

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    A Genius Story

    The CyberSeries truly demonstrates the beauty of a growing relationship between two people, these two happening to be completely strangers, which makes it unique and all the more interesting. The story is imaginitive, exciting, and as everyone else probably mentioned, impossible to put down. Chat, Connect, and Crash have been some of my all-time favorite novels. They truly speak to those who have been or are in love.

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    Posted August 2, 2001

    Chat had me ROFL & :'(

    I found CHAT to be a book for all people both online and off. A must read for the skeptics about not being able to find a true friend in the cyber world. SD

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