Well it could have been shag pile
I got to read the version that he co-authored with himself.
And do I love that idea.
I think the sheer fact he had the idea at 17 when I was still a vacuous dolt interested in getting into a pub (whether I drank or not ) and catching the attention of the cute bloke in the same class as me.
Okay not much has changed but that I can now legally enter a pub.
When it was first published I was not even that vacuous dolt. And there is little chance that a copy of it would of made it to a small isolated mining town in the Norhtern tip of Australia.
Heck our news was three days late!
"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." --Harlan Ellison