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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 13, March 29, 2020, Article 3

NEW BOOK: PLEASE IGNORE OUR TIME MACHINE

The cover of the Central States Numismatic Society's "magazine that never was" featured that lovable 19th century San Francisco eccentric "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico". Today's equivalent in modern numismatics in dealer Allen Berman and his alter ego King Alanus of Bermania. This press release announces a new book published by the Royal Bermanian Printing Office. -Editor

Bermanian Guild of Numismatists Fights Covid Boredom

King Alanus of Bermania (aka Allen G. Berman) Many readers have heard of the jovial Bermanian Guild of Numismatists over the years. Led by King Alanus of Bermania (aka Numismatist Allen G. Berman), this organization has been meeting to hear humorous short stories at the New York International Numismatic Convention and other major events since the 1990s. Unfortunately, auction schedules have prevented many from attending at times. Finally, the Royal Bermanian Printing Office, in collaboration with Amazon.com, has enabled all who need a laugh to enjoy these stories on their own schedule.

Please Ignore Our Time Machine: Exciting Tales of Da Vinci, Pastrami, Time Travel, and Howard Hughes is set in a quaint little Eastern European kingdom, filled with nice but idiosyncratic people and peppered with dragons and cynical, talking horses. The story traces the escapades of the Bermanian people as they creatively navigate the globe and the centuries. It also gives the origins of some important Bermanian coin issues, such as the Royal Bermanian Tickle Token.

According to Red Book editor emeritus and former ANA President Kenneth Bressett, "I surely do find it fascinating. It warms my heart to know there are still people in this world that think the way he does, and can share their enthusiasm with others. His sense of humor, knowledge of all things historical, fictional, and utopian is astounding. … It will take a prominent place in the 'treasured' section of my library."

Observing the current situation, where most people around the globe are forced to stay at home and are spending more time pursuing indoor activities, Bressett commented, "I truly enjoyed the book and I am sure that others will too. It is a great remedy for these weeks of confinement and isolation. Even those not of Bermanian persuasion will find it a most intriguing adventure through time."

The 310 page book is available both in soft cover and Kindle versions. The soft cover, autographed, is available directly from Allen G. Berman (POB 605, Fairfield, CT 06824; agberman@aol.com) for $15 plus $4 postage. However King Alanus has authorized Amazon.com to provide the book at a discounted price of $13.95. The eBook is available exclusively through Amazon.com ($5.95) as His Majesty does not know how to use an eBook. Other Bermanian products available at the Royal Bermanian Website, http://www.bermania.org/

Here's the book's full description from Amazon. -Editor

Please Ignore Our Time Machine book cover Please Ignore Our Time Machine is set in a quirky little Eastern European kingdom, filled with nice but idiosyncratic people and peppered with dragons and cynical, talking horses. The story traces the escapades of the Bermanian people as they creatively navigate the globe and the centuries.

Melvin the Octogenarian has just uprooted his ancient people from their ancestral home in Brooklyn. Following his hunch that the mysterious "Tourist Brochure," will lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey, they arrive at the Bering Sea with few provisions. So what’s to worry? Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose pulls up before them, and the motley crowd of peasants and livestock file onto the plane, arguing about any triviality they can think of all the while. Such is the sort of preposterous turn of events which brings laughter to those who follow this quirky tribe to their new home near the Danube. . . . Zerbi just created an anesthetic based on boredom, while his assistant mistakes his other invention, a time machine, for a device to reincarnate latkes. Some scientists are more perceptive than others, but they are Bermanians all!

An interwoven series of stories, some would say they have a bit of the flavors of Sholem Aleichem and Terry Pratchett. Excerpts have been pleasing audiences at micro-national gatherings (http://www.bermania.org/) and professional conferences for decades. Now it’s time to let the rest of the world in on the joke.

The Centinel Spring 2020 issue For more information on the book, or to order, see:
Please Ignore Our Time Machine: Exciting Tales of Da Vinci, Pastrami, Time Travel, and Howard Hughes (https://www.amazon.com/Please-Ignore-Our-Time-Machine-ebook/dp/B084FMFBK7/ref=sr_1_1)

For more information on the Kingdom of Bermania, see:
http://www.bermania.org/

For more on the "magazine that never was", see:
PERIODICAL: THE CENTINEL SPRING 2020 (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n12a08.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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