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Post Between Planets: the BL comic serial
I've tossed up a new item on the web site - something I've had in the files for a while and did not post in its entirety for a variety of reasons. I had some time over the weekend to process the 18 scans into clean pages, and there it is: The complete 18-page run of the adaptation of Between Planets done by Boys' Life magazine in 1978-79.

No direct link because I may move it - I constructed the "container" pages pretty quickly and crudely - but you'll find it under Resources | Library | Between Planets serial.

This adaptation is interesting - terrible, but interesting. I've written some introductory notes. There's much to discuss, I think.

To start with, do you think BL or any other young adult magazine would have run this in the last decade? Or is this an artifact of the bizarre attitudes about kids and YAs in the 1970s?

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James Gifford wrote:
- but you'll find it under Resources | Library | Between Planets serial.


I am failing to find this. There is a "Resources" page, but the path from it to Library and the BP serial is not apparent to me.

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First link in the main panel of the Resources page is "Heinlein Nexus Online Library". The only link on the subsequent page is to the BP/BL piece.

Here's a direct link but it's not guaranteed to work after I do more structuring on those pages - they are kind of a half-finished mess right now.

http://www.heinleinnexus.org/library/be ... _bp00.html


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James Gifford wrote:
To start with, do you think BL or any other young adult magazine would have run this in the last decade? Or is this an artifact of the bizarre attitudes about kids and YAs in the 1970s?


We've been getting Boys' Life for about a year since our kids are Cub Scouts. It doesn't seem to be interested in any serial stories, from the little I've checked out issues.

I vaguely remember reading BL when it was published, as that was my time in the Scouts. Were there any other 'comic' adaptations of RAH's work? I know I have a couple of Dell or Gold Key issues that were adapted stories from 'known' authors, but I wouldn't be able to put my hands on them quickly to check what stories.

Thanks for posting it, Jim.


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The question isn't whether BL would run a serial (which, you're correct, they don't seem to do any more - but they are recycling all those terrible old jokes, to the utter delight of my 9 year olds). It's whether they would run one with so much violence, including the main character joining a guerrilla squad. Seems very unlikely now but entirely in tune with the attitudes in the 1970s.

I love some of the transpositions. Instead of Sir Isaac being royalty because he "traces his line to the original Egg" we have Mr. Eisach Nuwten, who "traces his ancestry to the beginning of his race."

Like, duh. And wow, too.


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The first issue includes an additional title page : http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/229 ... 81fd03.jpg

The handy "microwire" of p. 16 is somewhat ironic, considering our recent discussion
on nanotechnologies...

By the way, Cadarache, in France, happens to be the site of Phénix, the first fast
neutron nuclear plant which opened in 1973. This technology presented some
security concerns and was considered quite evil by many environmentalists,
but it's amazing to find the name in a US scouts magazine...


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Eric Picholle wrote:
The first issue includes an additional title page

Thanks. It's a small image but I'll add this to the online file. I don't know why my original source left this out.
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The handy "microwire" of p. 16 is somewhat ironic, considering our recent discussion
on nanotechnologies...

It's from the original, if you recall, and was apparently a monomolecular strand or something close to it - even more in line with nanotech. Funny.


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I also remember reading Boy's Life, but at about the same time my parents began buying me SF magazines from the supermarket magazine shelves, and there was no competition.

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The only Heinlein I remember finding in Boy's Life during my tenure in the Boy Scouts (1957-67) was Tenderfoot In Space, and I thoroughly enjoyed that.

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