(urth) Free Live Free Two texts

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Tue May 13 17:04:28 PDT 2014

Also, some subtextual clues have been layered into the tor version like the
sounds of an airplane when free is just sitting there watching tv, etc.
 which will make sense as a detail when you finish the story.

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are a few differences like chapter headings - "selling weather"
> becomes "four roomers of war" in the first chapter a man named Norris
> identified by his first name comes in looking for candy rather than sgt
> Proudy looking for Free ... Words like might are changed to would, etc.  I
> may read them side by side when I get to 1984 in my review of Wolfe's
> fiction... I don't plan on doing new sun unless the spirit strikes me and I
> have something new to say.
> On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Antonin Scriabin <kierkegaurdian at gmail.com<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','kierkegaurdian at gmail.com');>>
> wrote:
>> I just finished the 1984 version, and can't imagine doing without 4000
>> words. I haven't read the Tor version. I would say have the best of both
>> worlds; read the longer version with the benefit of the chronology when you
>> need it. It was fantastic by the way, one of my favorite of his stand
>> alones.
>> On May 10, 2014 1:41 AM, "Austin Hackett" <austin.hackett at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi, new member here. I joined up to find out which version of *Free
>>> Live Free* is preferable to read?
>>> I haven't read *Free Live Free* but plan on doing so soon. It just so
>>> happens I have both the 1984 Mark V. Ziesing small press edition and the
>>> standard 1986 Tor mass market version on my shelf. Several places online
>>> say the Tor is shorter by about 4000 words. I also notice that it contains
>>> a chronology (which, it says, was requested by the publisher) and the title
>>> of the first chapter is different. The order of some parts may also be
>>> different between the two versions according to vague reports.
>>> Does the Tor edition represent an editorially truncated text or the
>>> author's final revisions? Some might think "longer = better" but I don't
>>> want to assume anything. Maybe Wolfe shortened the book at the behest of
>>> the publisher, but he may have just revised it for his own artistic
>>> purposes. Even if the cuts were mandated, he may have taken the opportunity
>>> to make different changes as well. And none of these factors actually
>>> determine which version is *better*.
>>> So has anyone read both, or at least knows a little about the backstory?
>>> I can't find any info online.
>>> Thanks!
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