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From: Michael Richman <mrichman@cybernex.net>
Subject: Re: (whorl) The Next Whorl
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 23:52:38 

[Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]

>More news: Yes, there may be more Soldier books---there have been many,
>many reader requests, and Hartwell himself is fond of them. But there are
>problems. Hartwell confirmed my assumption that Wolfe, in perfectionist
>mode, found the period details difficult, but said there was a serious
>second problem from a publisher's viewpoint. Latro's memory failure,
>established in the first 100 pages of the first book (and a brilliant 100
>pages, said he) is a stumbling block for anyone starting with any
>subsequent book. Merely to put a "translator's note" in the beginning is,
>in his opinion, not sufficient to clue in the new reader. I'm not certain
>of that myself, but I pass it on.

I guess there's only one thing for them to do--reissue the the first two.
And this time, let them put some half naked women on the cover so the books
will move!

Michael Richman
380 Homans Av
Closter, NJ  07624

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