(urth) Old Urth vs. New Urth
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Tue Jul 4 06:52:36 PDT 2006
Fred Kiesche asks:
>I have "Urth" in the origina four-volume set from
>Timescape (Pocket Books, those were the days!). Is
>there any reason to get the new Tor/Orb omnibus
>editions? Text that was excised put back in? Corrected
There are no significant divergences that I've ever noticed. Some
typos are corrected, some retained, some introduced perhaps. The
omnibus is missing the poetic epigram for _Citadel of the Autarch_
(Kipling, "At two-o'clock in the morning..."). I recall also that
there's a spuriously repeated passage late in _Citadel_ in the
original that's corrected in the Tor edition.
I haven't conducted a detailed comparison, but I have read the old
paperbacks several times and have compared any text that strikes me
as different while reading the Tor editions. I made marginal pencil
notes of thes (whether they turned out to be differences or not), and
could flip through and list them if there's any demand.
You might also consider whether the physical state of your originals
will sustain your intended level of future use.
-- Dan Rabin
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