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  • Series: Lord Moon Series Record # 26081
  • Note: 'Lord Moon' is a series of three the author was going to rename Tritych according to her website where she states: "This is a book that didn't happen. The three stories listed below were scheduled to be reprinted, with an introduction and a couple of my poems, as a book titled Triptych in the "Author's Choice" series from Pulphouse Publishing. It was in page proofs when the series was canceled. (The Engh curse? Cf. "Ratropy") These are the stories, and where they actually were published: "We Serve the Star of Freedom" (as Jane Beauclerk), The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1964. "Lord Moon" (as Jane Beauclerk), The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1965; reprinted in hardcover, with an "author's memoir," in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1965, Southern Illinois University Press, 1981. "Aurin Tree", Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 1987. The three stories constitute a little trilogy of what Baird Searles once called "Dunsanian, Baroque SF" (In fact, he called the first two "true, lost masterpieces", and who am I to argue with Baird Searles?) "Lord Moon" was written first, though published second. I was so fond of its fairy tale-like world that I wrote "We Serve the Star of Freedom" to explore it from a different social viewpoint. Years later, I wrote "Aurin Tree" so that the heroes of those two stories could meet. Looked at another way, the three stories poke fun at the scientific mind ("Lord Moon"), the commercial mind ("We Serve the Star of Freedom"), and the military mind ("Aurin Tree") respectively. I acknowledge with gratitude the influence of Dunsany, as well as of James Branch Cabell and especially of E.R. Eddison's masterpiece, The Worm Ouroboros".
  • Series Tags: Merril10 (1), science fiction (1)
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