provides a service for those who are near death or just thinking about dying, whisking them away on the vacation of their dreams. It gives them a chance to do that one thing they always wanted to do, but never got around to doing. The guide on this 'terminal tour' is Michael Keever. Except Michael Keever doesn't actually exist. He's a character from Tom LeClair's recent novel, Passing On
. Nor does Terminal Tours itself exist. LeClair left some comments in the hoax museum message board
, noting that the Terminal Tours site "extends the fiction of the novel and parodies 'promise you everything, including eternal life' web sites."
He also tells me that in the spirit of the Museum of Hoaxes, his next novel, The Liquidators
(due out next fall), features a Museum of Lead. Cool.