You think I'd have learned my lesson last year: never disparage a fictional character. Never doubt them when they tell you they can make something happen just because your brain is too limited to see the big picture. Because they'll just laugh at you (good-naturedly, in this case) as they deliver the goods.
The scifi western IS a novel.
Insufferable, smirking, stupid, shirtless character.
I guess I have my nano project.