Friday, 20 July 2012
The Technic Civilization Saga
Hank Davis' Introductions to the Volumes are worth reading, also his entertaining new Introduction to one old story that definitely needed it. The Volumes can be critiqued for their covers, contents and titles. I do not want to be comprehensive right now but here are some main point, not in any order.
Volume I, cover: excellent image of van Rijn;
Vol III, I agree with contents and cover but not title - should be Late League, Early Empire or, better still, just League And Empire;
Vol IV, I agree with contents and title but not cover;
I think the last three Flandry novels should be a Volume called Children Of Empire;
Flandry should be absent from the title, cover and contents of the concluding Volume, which should be Long Night And Dawn, although that is a good image of an older Flandry;
Flandry does not look quite aristocratic enough - the illustrations in the Ace Books edition of The Game Of Empire are truer to the physical descriptions in the texts.