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My email address is ent[ ] (put "angle" in the gap).

This is deliberately obfuscated so spam bots don't harvest it.

I get a fair bit of spam anyway.

Ho hum.

Alternatively, leave a comment below, then check back later. I may respond quickly or slowly. Old, answered comments may be archived.

Fiction queries

For the purposes of my fiction, I'm represented by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates. Email cbl[ ] (put "asde" in the gap).

Frequently asked questions

I have a question about Absurdle.

Please check the Absurdle FAQ before contacting me or leaving a comment.

Can I put an advertisement on

No. Thanks for your interest.

Can I obtain a signed copy of one of your books?

Unfortunately not.

Can I translate a article from English into another language and publish it on my website, in our magazine, etc.?

You can make the translation, but I'd rather you didn't publish it yourself. If you email the translation to me, I would (in most cases) be happy to host it here myself, where you're free to link to it. This has been done several times before:

My preferred format for submissions is HTML.

Can I use your writing as raw data for a machine learning project?


Can I adapt The Difference for a short film/etc.?

Please read this.

Can I print out a article for my personal use?


Can I give you some money?

You can buy my books Valuable Humans in Transit and Other Stories, There Is No Antimemetics Division, Ra, Fine Structure and Ed, and tell all your most influential friends!

If I want to support you, which version of your books should I buy?

The Gumroad EPUB editions give me the biggest absolute cut per unit sold. Next best are the other ebook editions, and finally the print editions.

If you have enjoyed my work, please share it with all your cool friends. Please also consider leaving a review, or at least a star rating, on the store front where you made your purchase.

What's the favicon supposed to be?

It's a face in profile.

Discussion (20)

2022-01-27 15:24:23 by Paul Strickland:

Are you willing to tell us your pronouns qntm?

2022-01-27 15:31:22 by qntm:


2022-01-27 16:01:52 by Paul Strickland:

Thanks for that personal information. Beyond the obvious fact that you are less hairy than I am, I can deduce nothing.

2022-02-21 21:23:43 by qntm:

I have cleared out some old questions which I believe have now been answered.

2022-03-16 16:05:20 by Benny Andersen:

Hello. I am very happy to have come across your text about Learn Perl in about 2 hours 30 minutes . I am retired an last used Perl in 2006 (for something serious). So it was SO nice to have an explanation without all the edge cases like you say. I really agree with your statement "dislike the official Perl documentation at for being intensely technical and giving far too much space to very unusual edge cases ". Tank you so much. :-)

2022-03-28 03:49:32 by Spaceghost:

Any social media? Or just the site? Just read There Is No Antimemetics Division and am ordering more of your books. Absolutely loved the organization and writing of it.

2022-03-30 18:58:27 by George:

From the FAQ discussion about APPLE (guess) and CRIMP (secret word), how can the second P not be marked yellow before the hidden word has been determined to have only one P in it? That would be the case early in the game while there are still many possible hidden words...?

2022-04-04 23:54:17 by qntm:

Spaceghost: I am @qntm on Twitter. George: every possible hidden word always results in the same responses to every guess made so far. If you guess "APPLE" and the first P is yellow then that means the secret word has one P in it, not at location 2 (or location 3). It doesn't mean the secret word is definitely "CRIMP", it could be a lot of things.

2022-06-24 23:49:26 by Jarred Filmer:

I have benefited greatly from things your mind has produced You have made beautiful art that has moved me, and I wanted to say thank you Thank you, Sam, for your writing

2022-11-02 11:25:07 by Bondojx/[REDACTED_YT]:

Can I use your book "there is no antimemtics division" for a game that I am making? I emailed u more about it, excuse my horrible English.

2022-11-17 23:45:07 by MOH:

Is there anywhere that most benefits you that I can buy a few physical copies of "Antimemetics"? Amazon seems to be the main option but if there's an alternative that gives you a better percentage I'd rather use that . (Western Europe if relevant)

2022-11-17 23:48:41 by qntm:

Currently Amazon is the only place to acquire new physical copies of my books. However... ask me again in a year.

2022-11-17 23:50:13 by MOH:

Also that's probably the best captcha (sic) I've seen but predictive text on mobile auto changes capitalisation which may lose some comments. Though appreciate that may also be intentional to avoid idle ramblings. So I'll just say thank you for "Antimemetics" and I really look forward to catching up on the rest of your work

2022-12-18 10:30:13 by Joannie:

Hi. I love Absurdle but every time I try to install the app, through Android Chrome - install app it doesn't work. The icon just links to an unfound page. I'd prefer to use the game directly from my home screen so thought I'd tell you in case you didn't know and can fix it. Thanks.

2022-12-20 21:32:10 by qntm:

Thank you for the information, I will take a look at the problem soon I hope.

2022-12-22 20:58:16 by skv:

Can I give you some money via Monero or another cryptocurrency? I know there are some ethical problems with cryptocurrency, but buying your books through Amazon is arguably worse.

2022-12-27 15:31:29 by qntm:

You can buy my books through other non-Amazon platforms: * * Thank you for the offer but I have no use for cryptocurrency.

2022-12-27 18:50:37 by qntm:

Joannie: this should now be fixed. Please open Absurdle in Android Chrome, *hit refresh*, then try again to install it as an app. Do let me know whether this works for you.

2023-01-08 04:59:42 by ultradianguy:

Love what you've written about time travel in movies and tv! Will you ever do Interstellar or Arrival? Or Donne Darko? I recognize those aren't just time travel - lots of multiverse stuff there - but I suspect you'd do a great job explaining these as well.

2023-03-18 02:00:59 by Sonata:

The orange links are hard to read on the gray/white backgrounds. (Did you change the site style recently? I vaguely remember it being dark blue.)

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