Sunday, 2 April 2017
And fictional histories have apocrypha:
(i) earlier versions of stories that have had to be revised to fit into the history;
(ii) stories that share background details but that remain inconsistent with the course of events in the history.
Larry Niven's Known Space History has two examples of (ii) and Anderson's Psychotechnic History has one, which I have discussed somewhere. It is about a guy who gets duplicated. Does anyone remember the title?
On (i), I have been told that, at one point in the Middle Earth History, a character narrating a story apologizes to some people who have read a different version of it. In Poul Anderson's The Earth Book Of Stormgate, the Avalonian editor, Hloch, notes that The Man Who Counts had been published in different places. It had indeed. And the author disliked the title, War Of The Wing Men.