[LMB] OT - posthumous publication of a unknown Heinlein novel

Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com
Fri Sep 6 00:57:53 BST 2019



> On Sep 5, 2019, at 1:46 PM, alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca wrote:
> 
> On Thu, 5 Sep 2019, Louann Miller wrote:
>> I've heard about this too. Apparently this is the first draft of "The
>> Number of the Beast" that Heinlein, on his wife's advice, rewrote with
>> massive changes because they both felt it wasn't any good. My husband, who
>> is about as fanatic a RAH fan as you can get, plans to give this one a miss
>> for that reason.
> 
> Oh dear. The released version of The Number of the Beast was a mess, in a number of different ways. I read it once when it first came out, and it was SUCH a disappointment. I've never been able to get past the first few chapters since - don't like the characters, the plot, the style, anything.
> Even _I Will Fear No Evil_ was better.
> 
> I can only assume the first draft was much worse... No thanks.
> 

IMHO, the best anybody should expect that it would be a mess in completely different ways.

"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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