Frequently Answered Questions

What is

Four authors, one mind. Well, maybe just half a mind.


Do you have anything to do with Sept.11, 2001?

No. You're thinking of We've been around for a bit longer.


Who are You?

Currently, we are:

JIM Evans, author of The Files of Hydrogen Guy
Steve "~Steve-o" Keller, author of Christopher Ford, Amature Paranormalist
JR "TechnoAtheist" Conlin, author of The Grayhound Chronicles (and webmaster)
DL "not my real name" McKenzie, author of the Secret Files of Phineas J. Magnetron


Aren't there five stories?..

That's because JIM, Steve and JR write Galactic Customs



Because we love you.


No, really, why?

You want the short answer or the long one?


Short, and I'm asking the questions here bucko.

It's a bunch of guys.


Ok, that was less than helpful. Can I have the long version?

Sure. A while ago, JR Conlin (The Grayhound Chronicles) wanted to move his story off of Geocities for a number of reasons, so he decided to get yet another domain. Knowing full well that he probably wasn't going to keep writing TGC for the rest of his life, he wanted something reasonably generic sounding. So he did what he usually does when such problems arise. He got drunk. After sobering up, he went through the list of ideas he had generated, and crossed off the ones that were already in use, libelous, pornographic, or involved monkeys and nerf balls (don't ask). Having effectively eliminated all of the suggestions, he then decided on the cheesiest sounding name he could come up with. "United Heroes".

Steve Keller (Christopher Ford, Amature Paranormalist) remarked, "UnitedHeroes? That sounds like an ad campain from Benneton." JR knew he had a winner, and landed the domain as fast as he could.

JR had also created a little javascript pimp-o-matic tool, originally for The idea didn't garner a good deal of enthusiasm, so he set it up for himself and a few other authors he liked (notibly JIM Evans (Files of Hydrogen Guy), Steve and himself). JR then offered JIM and Steve the option of having links off of unitedHeroes (as well as email addresses and several other bits of crap that he had gotten for free and was more than willing for others to presume it was some act of generocity).

Shortly afterwards, D.L "not my real name" McKenzie (The Secret Files of Phineas J. Magnetron) asked to be part of unitedHeroes. JR was flabberghasted that someone would actually want to be part of the collective, and after a bit of discussion between the other two members, D.L. was eagerly admitted.

The group was grown, embarassing rituals performed, and there was much rejoicing.


Are you competing against BitBooks or any other writer's group?

Hell No. Phil Flora is doing a better job than we ever could and has collected the best damn writers on the net. Period. We're just a group of guys who like each others stuff.


Can I join your group?

Sure, We've got a page that talks about doing that.


Can I get a happy linking button?

Sure, here's a couple, pick one you like (right click and save it

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<param name=movie value="uhbutton.swf">
<param name=quality value=high>
<param name="LOOP" value="false"> <!-- set to "true" to be annoying -->
<embed src="uhbutton.swf" quality=high pluginspage=
"" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="88" height="31" loop="false">

right click and pick "Save Target As..." to save this the flash animation to your local drive.



Can I run the TidBot on my page?

Are you kidding? SURE!!! Here's the code you need to add to your page:

<script src=""></script>


Can I run my own ad in the Tidbot?

Sure, after you become a member of


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