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The Shores of Death

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  • The Shores of Death

    Having found a copy of NW in a 2nd hand bookshop which contains the first serialised part of this story (which is my personal favourite of MM's Science Fiction novels) and references to the original version being 'extremely different' to the novel version.

    I would be interested in hearing how the two versions of the story differ to eachother and also does the alternate title for the book under the name of 'The Twilight Man' which I've seen floating around an alternate title for the novel version of Shores of Death or the New Worlds version?

    With thanks

    Miles

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    The Twilight Man was the original paperback title of the rewritten version first published by Compact Books (the publishers of New Worlds) and was also used for early US editions. The title change came later.

    The New Worlds version differs quite a bit. I think Mike wrote it fairly quickly for the magazine and then reworked it later.
    'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

    Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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      p.s. I'd forgotten that there's an introduction to the book basically telling why it was rewritten.
      'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

      Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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