The Bactra Review Sleeping with
Arachne was actually a hoax perpetrated by the science fiction writer John
Sladek, in a book he wrote as ``James Vogh'', Arachne Rising: The Search
for the Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac (New York: Dial Press, 1977).
Strangely enough, he was surprised that people took it seriously --- so much so
that he wrote another book on astrology under that pen name. His later
announcements that he was making it all up have done little or nothing to
impede Arachne's progress; indeed some astrologers now make use of fifteen
signs, including Arachne.