You mean close to or less than 40 years ago for the two Stainless Steel Rat (For President (1982) and Gets Drafted (1987)) books..... Great Expectations (1860-1861) does fit into your time frame...
PS Who is this wise guy, Q? Someone give him a cracker and send him to the back of the line... How rude!!!!
The first one came out in '57. I read all that were published by about 1988. I also read a lot of short stories in Analog and Amazing Stories magazine that were later released in books.
Cool ....... I was simply going by the earliest published date on those two books... No doubt, the earliest book in the Stainless Steel Rat series was published much earlier.
Obviously your history stretches back further, which is really interesting. There were a number of great Science Fiction magazine stories that were expanded upon, by their authors, to later turn into good or even great books. Back in the day, this was fairly common practice. However, by the time I was reading Science Fiction, this did not appear to be the standard model anymore. Many books, especially by established authors, were written for direct publication bypassing the magazine story and/or serial stage. Science Fiction magazines did exist and still do. However, they are not nearly as popular nor the preferred medium for conveying stories that they once were. Given the time the Stainless Steel Rat For President (1982) and Gets Drafted (1987) books were first published, I assumed that they were written just before their publication dates, though I could certainly be wrong.
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Post by terrapinflyer on Nov 26, 2021 7:40:46 GMT -5
Dying to be Ill, Marc Feldman and Gary Yates, 2018. Case studies of Factitious Disorder (Munchausen's) and FD by proxy and by Internet.
That gets a little heavy, so I'm frequently switching off to A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century by Heather Heying. When that gets a little heavy, I go back to the other. I should read some Peanuts instead to cleanse the palate!
"The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth." -Rutherford B. Hayes
Just picked up two books I'll settle into by the fire over the holidays. Complete Poems of Dylan Thomas, and Bandersnatch, a book about the Inklings (Lewis and Tolkien and several others) who met to discuss each others work.
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian
"Imperium" by Robert Harris...recollections of Tiro re: Cicero...Politics in the Roman era...politics is the activity between running for office...sound familiar? He said it was the beginnings of the decline of Rome.
I am in the "vita umbratilius" stage ...life in the shade.