Originally Posted by slayda
I believe this operation occurred during the writing of "The Number of the Beast" - copyright 1980. You can see the story line deteriorate and then suddenly pick back up.
Well... it picks up and heads off in a completely different direction, I suppose.
I find Number of the Beast
entertaining enough that I re-read it every 5-10 years, unlike I Will Fear No Evil
or (ugh) Farnham's Freehold
, which I've never re-read (and don't even own copies of). But I don't think Number
hangs together very well as a story. Lots of interesting ideas, interesting characters, a great introduction to non-Heinlein fantastic fiction, but the plot just doesn't stay together well enough for me. Even if you include his later ramblings in the same vein (The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
, To Sail Beyond the Sunset
) I don't think he quite found the plot he was looking for. None of them stand up to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
or the "juveniles," which I re-read on a regular basis, both because they are highly enjoyable and to pick up writing tips from the master.
Regarding the "uncut" versions, I would say Red Planet
had some interesting bits in the re-release. The others that I read, not so much.