17 Years Later

Yesterday entailed more invisible progress on Comic Mystery #1. I went back into what I’d written for Chapter Four, found what I thought was a good stopping place for it, and put in a page break. Then I set up Chapter Five and set about the task of rewriting the five or so pages that were previously a part of the chapter that didn’t want to end.

The end result – a page count that didn’t change from what went before, what with all the cutting and pasting, the new material, and the just plain cutting. My progress now looks horrible, but it is being made. It’s all a part of the process. I’m hoping to see some real progress on the page count tonight – unless my daughter comes home from school and announces that tonight is a band concert she forgot to tell us about. She’s almost 16 and wouldn’t do that – would she?

And here is something that is funny, fascinating and bizarre all at the same time. File this under A Death of Honor: 17 Years Later.

I don’t know if there’s a renaissance of the book bubbling up out there or what. First came this recommendation from the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Now I’ve found two reviews of ADOH out there in blogland. Both are well-written and well-thought-out, but what’s really interesting is that both were posted last week – within a day of each other – and they are polar opposites.

The review on Mr. Flinn’s Antequated Space Age Library is the kind of positive review that authors live for – the kind that gives a nice egoboo, even seventeen years after the fact. The only thing Mr. Flinn didn’t like was the SFBC edition’s cover – but he’s in line behind me on that.

The analysis from Musings from Brian J. Noggle is not flattering, but worse has been said about ADOH. The good news is that I found parts of it laugh-out-loud funny – not because I thought Mr. Noggle was being ludicrous, but because of the style in which it’s written.

Noggle also makes a couple of interesting observations. First, he rightly (and wittily) points out the obvious connection the book has to Casablanca (I’ve never denied this – I always called the book “Casablanca meets The Andromeda Strain“). He found ADOH slow and plodding, which was my view of the book even while writing it – I saw it as more of an atmosphere piece than anything else. He also says this in conclusion:

However, it’s an interesting and heartening bit of historical perspective into the fictional nightmares projected from current events that are now history. I mean, encircled by the Soviets, with even Mexico against us, and nary a Wolverine in sight? How strangely inspiring that our own current dark times might be so suddenly resolved, all of our worst fears overturned by resolution and confrontation of danger.

I’m glad things turned out that way too, Brian. It’s well worth the book being, for all intents and purposes, obsolete.

NP – iTunes Shuffle Play (Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells, Part II“)

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