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  •  I first read this book (5+ / 0-)

    I first read this book about 40 years ago. My brother had the whole set and when I got done with them I started rereading them. This led me to the Lensmen, Asimov, Heinlein, etc. While surfing the web recently I looked for the Skylark of Space. It seems like there are two versions. The original 1928 version and a circa 1948 version where Smith has expanded a couple of chapters to fill in some details. Here is a link to the expanded version.

    •  Skylark went through a number of revisions (0+ / 0-)

      The copy I'm reading for this series is a reprint of Smith's final 1958 revision.  If I were a little more ambitious and had more time, I might compare it to the 1928 version on Project Gutenberg.

      I'm guessing that the references to atomic energy and the mention of a computer in the one passage I quoted in the diary are additions from the later revisions to bring the story up-to-date, but I don't know how much more was changed.

      One extremely dated bit couldn't be easily updated, and it's something that Smith has taken a lot of ridicule for.  When he first started writing the story in 1915, Einstein's Theory of Relativity was still controversial, and not universally accepted.  Smith could get away with having his heroes travel at super-luminal speeds by saying "Einstein was wrong."  I'll discuss this a bit more when we get to that part.

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:10:16 PM PST

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