Date: 2019-02-03 02:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] julian



ETA: Also, LoBrutto's Wikipedia page smacks of him having written it.
Edited Date: 2019-02-03 02:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2019-02-03 02:21 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
The prominent use of "prestigious" is certainly a big hint in that direction.

Date: 2019-02-03 03:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
Rather. I've edited it down a little, but am not prepared to put in the effort to find out which if any of the affiliations stated there are current. (The citations are to a dead domain, and a personal website last updated in 2014.)

Date: 2019-02-03 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] graydon
I have this vague memory that Number of the Beast was written around the time Heinlein's brain wasn't getting enough oxygen due to a circulatory blockage.

This doesn't seem auspicious.

Date: 2019-02-03 02:46 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I thought that was I Will Fear No Evil.

Date: 2019-02-03 02:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glaurung
early 1978, he had an incident of artery blockage to his brain. After several months of him not being very functional, they did an artery bypass and restored full blood flow.

He wrote the published version of Number of the Beast after recovering from that surgery. He wrote the unpublished version (which is now going to be published because Heinlein) in 1977, before the incident that blocked the artery.

The bigger picture is that sometime in the 70's he started losing some degree of cognitive edge, so that he could no longer tell what parts of a MS weren't working and needed to be cut or fixed. Which is fatal for an author like Heinlein, who nearly always wrote intuitively by the seat of his pants rather than with a plan worked out in advance.

Date: 2019-02-03 02:22 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
My first thought was "well, I guess someone had to".

Date: 2019-02-03 03:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jayblanc
It contains "newly reconstructed text", one third reused pulp.

So it's a cheap sausage?

Date: 2019-02-03 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
Some manner of extruded product.

Boy, this looks like a class operation - Heinlein _and_ L. Neil Smith right there on the front page.

Date: 2019-02-03 04:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Plus Alexei Panshin, which surely would make RAH turn over in his grave if he had one.

Date: 2019-02-03 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
I do feel sorry for Panshin, but he probably needs the money.

Date: 2019-02-03 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] martianmooncrab
... so we found these odd bits of story and dialog, and our peeps at Monkey Express put their best simians on it... we didnt hold back on the glue (sniff sniff) and tape...

Date: 2019-02-03 01:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glaurung
Blow away the marketing BS and what's left is that someone found the missing pages of the 1977 version of "Number of the Beast", and despite the fact that Heinlein filed that version away as "not best work" and rewrote the whole thing from scratch (after a time out for brain artery blockage and related surgery), the original "not good enough" version is now going to be published.

Date: 2019-02-03 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunsen_h
So... for US$3 per chunk, one can buy PDFs of chunks of Heinlein's draft versions of _NotB_?

That's a thing I'd be kind of interested in. That is, if _NotB_ wasn't so bad as it is, and the early versions probably considerably worse, per RAH's own assessment. If it were for one of his better books, I'd consider shelling out for a not-quite-cutting-it early version.

Date: 2019-02-04 12:38 am (UTC)
glaurung: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glaurung
You can buy PDFs of all of Heinlein's papers from that site. Everything he didn't destroy. Some bundles cost more than others, but most are really quite cheap.

Date: 2019-02-03 03:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jreynolds197
Yet another reason that famous authors should destroy all work of theirs they don't want to see the light of day before they die. Otherwise, the temptation of their heirs may be too strong to resist. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is the most recent example I'm aware of.

I understand that J.D. Salinger's son has found a bunch of JDS's unpublished short stories. They'll soon be seeing the light of day.

The only time that I'm aware that good has come of this is Canada's Prime Minister Mackenzie King. King kept diaries for most of his life. In his will, he stated that "All of my diaries should be destroyed, except those sections that I've marked." The problem was that no sections were marked. So his executors decided that he hadn't got around to it, so they published them all.

This is a godsend in terms of looking into the mind and decision-making processes of one of Canada's most important Prime Ministers. But I can't help but think that King himself would have been dismayed.

Date: 2019-02-03 05:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexxkay
That plan would have cost the world most of Kafka's best works.

Date: 2019-02-03 05:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jreynolds197
One of the amusing throw-away bits of Kage Baker's Company series is that one of the Company's operatives took care to pinch Hemingway's suitcase in 1922, thus ensuring that his first-written novel wasn't lost to posterity.

In the same spirit, I wish that Haydn's three missing cello concertos show up one day. Also J.S. Bach's St. Mark's Passion, Shakespeare's Cardenio, etc, etc.
Edited Date: 2019-02-03 05:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-02-03 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hemingway's lost suitcase also plays a part in Haldeman's Hemingway Hoax (and Heinlein has a small role as well).

Date: 2019-02-04 06:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elf
Ellison had long mentioned that his wife had strict instructions to burn all his unfinished and otherwise-unpublished manuscripts immediately after his death. I expect she did; I don't think Ellison trusted people easily and wouldn't have left it to her if he weren't sure it'd be done.

Date: 2019-02-04 05:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
In unrelated news, Alec Nevala-Lee's research for Astounding, his recent book about John W. Campbell, turned up an early novel-length draft of "Who Goes There?" --in its final, familiar form, the story is a novella-- and Alec thought the novel was pretty good, good enough to publish.

Therefore a Kickstarter was begun to publish the novel version under its original title, Frozen Hell.

The initial goal: raise $1000 to get the book into print.

The take so far: $155,366.

So the project, orchestrated by John Gregory Betancourt, has sprouted a bewildering number of stretch goals. There will be multiple interior illustrations. There will be an anthology, filled with illustrations of its own, entitled (what else?) Short Things containing original stories, by many different authors, "inspired by John W. Campbell's Frozen Hell," or possibly, in some cases, "inspired by $155,366."

Date: 2019-02-05 01:06 am (UTC)
dwight_benjamin_thieme: My daughter Ellen in her debut as Rusty from Footloose (Default)
From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
"$155,366" ... Sounds like the name of a short story.

Date: 2019-02-05 03:11 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"$16,940.00" by Niven, or "5,271,009" by Bester?


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