[LMB] Heinlein

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Tue Oct 12 16:18:04 BST 2021


To quote everybody who looked at Miles' service record, "She never was just a bloody courier, was she?"
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From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [LMB] Heinlein

Friday was an enhanced artificial human who worked as a courier for a
secretive organization.

On Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 8:39 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's been a long while since I read "Friday" but I believe the book was
> written in the point of view from a woman. I vaguely remember the plotline
> that she was some sort of super secret agent.
>
> On Mon, Oct 11, 2021, 3:59 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Sat, Oct 9, 2021 at 7:52 AM Peter Hews via Lois-Bujold <
> > lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> > > I reference him when the topic of second draft editing comes up.
> > > According to his letters, his normal practice at first was to write
> > > everything that came into his head and then throw out about half of it.
> > > But he only did this because the market demanded strict word counts in
> > > those days, and he hated it.  Once he was a big enough name that
> editors
> > > couldn't dictate to him, he seems to have just published his first
> > drafts,
> > > with regretable results.
> > >
> >
> > I've mentioned before Spider Robinson's essay on editors, found in "User
> > Friendly", so I won't bring it up in any detail.  I would note that Ayn
> > Rand actually had similar issues, as she absolutely hated the ways
> > producers and editors would insist on altering everything she submitted,
> so
> > when she went independent she refused to use the services of an editor.
> > Much to her works' detriment.
> >
> > Stephen King is another good example.  The man is one of the best short
> > horror writers in American history, because short stories require immense
> > discipline and control of the author due to the restrictions imposed by
> the
> > limited length of the form.  His novels wander, not least because he
> > "writes from the gut" and has no detailed plan or design.
> >
> > Matt G.
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