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Glimmering 2.0

An editorial in today's NY Times about the impact of the coming solar storms:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/opinion/16joseph.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

Perfect timing, as yesterday I finally finished the revision of Glimmering, which will be out next spring.  I went into this project with no intention whatsoever of rewriting the book — I was actually violently opposed to the idea of rewriting, for several reasons.  Laziness, but mostly because I didn't want it to seem that I rewrote an eerily prescient novel in any way that would make it seem more prescient than it already was.

I wrote Glimmering between 1994/1996, and reading it for the first time since 1997, when it was published, I was struck by how badly overwritten it is — I never said anything twice if I could say it three or four times.  So I decided to cut ruthlessly, mostly descriptive passages.  (Believe me, there are plenty left.)  A bigger concern was the novel's original ending.  In 1994, my intent was to write a cautionary tale involving every single worst-case scenario I could think of.  But never in a million years did I imagine that almost all of them would actually come to pass, and in such a short period of time. 

I wrote Glimmering as science fiction. I reread it over the last few weeks as documentary.  The experience was deeply unnerving.  I felt, feel, that in good conscience I needed to offer something in the way of hope, without compromising the book's vision of the manmade disasters that have wrought havoc with a fictional world that now mirrors our real one.  This involved remarkably little in the way of actual revision: the material was all there to begin with.   I think that even Leonard Thrope would approve.

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