(urth) short story project so far

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Thu Jul 31 22:13:33 PDT 2014

Thanks Greg I appreciate it!
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, Greg Bates <gregory.a.bates at gmail.com> wrote:

> All I can say is that I've really enjoyed reading this series so far, and
> I'd be all for putting it in a book format!
> On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at gmail.com
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','marcaramini at gmail.com');>> wrote:
>> Well, I am about 33 percent done with Wolfe's published stories after
>> this next one, "The Doctor of Death Island" ... I plan on skipping two
>> numbers and returning to "The Eyeflash Miracles" and "Seven American
>> Nights" after I consider them a bit more.
>> I would really like to tear through the 80s more quickly than the 70s,
>> and it should be possible since Wolfe's time on long novels and series
>> vastly reduced the length and allusive depth of his short fiction. ...
>> However, I feel that 7 American Nights and probably Cabin on the Coast in
>> the early 80s marked a shift away from SF tropes to more fantastic ones,
>> which are a bit less easy to mark "objectively" - some stories might
>> actually have unresolvable mysteries, though I don't think anything written
>> before 1980 actually does.
>> The write-ups I feel are least satisfactory are "The Green Wall Said",
>> "The Blue Mouse",  "Paul's Treehouse" - though I think the garment district
>> uprising in "A Criminal Proceeding" and mentioned briefly in "Operation
>> ARES" can explain who is actually rioting in that story, "Hour of Trust"
>> (what is the name of the company running everything, whose symbol is gold
>> stamped instruments? That write up gave me more problems than you would
>> think) "The Island of Doctor Death an Other Stories", and perhaps the Thag
>> stories.
>> I am most satisfied with "The Changeling", "Many Mansions" - (those
>> houses are luring people in and are merely dressed up as familiar, tempting
>> human houses with mimicry, and might even be planting something,
>> human-alien symbiotic style, inside people through the strong drink), "The
>> HORARS of War", and "Trip, Trap" write ups.
>> I already know exactly what type of essays I will be finishing up on Long
>> Sun, Latro, and Home Fires, but the rest will take some time and I might
>> not return to New Sun until the majority of the short fiction and shorter
>> novels are done.
>> All considered the project might be close to 2,000 pages or so when I am
>> done.
>> Of course it would need hefty revision and citation, but lately I have
>> considered perhaps trying to publish it upon completion - short essays on
>> the long fiction in front which would be my own thesis based developments,
>> not comprehensive looks at all, and the story analysis section after that.
>> A traditional publisher would never touch it, I imagine, and it would be
>> far too big for a small or university press, but perhaps an ebook would
>> work.  Anyone think that would be viable?  Should I even, say, try to split
>> it in half?  Just thought I would see what you guys thought, as this has
>> been a WHOLE lot of work, even though I love it.
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