Friday, 14 June 2013
A Stone In Heaven and Flandry's Legacy
the cover illustration by Michael Whelan (see attachment);
interior illustrations by Estaban Moroto;
"Afterword: The Price of Buying Time" by Sandra Miesel.
The Afterword is included in the e-book version of Baen Books Flandry's Legacy but it and the illustrations are omitted from the paperback edition.
Miesel neatly describes the Polesotechnic League as "...ecumenical and expansionist..." but the Terran Empire as "...parochial and protective..." (IN A Stone In Heaven, New York, 1979, pp. 241-242).
In Moroto's illustrations, Flandry, Chives, the Ramnuans, in fact all the characters, exactly correspond to Anderson's descriptions. We see Flandry and Banner as:
"They walked on into the autumn." (p. 234; illustration on p. 235)
These illustrations could form the basis of an animation or graphic adaptation and should definitely be re-included in any future edition of the novel even if it is in an omnibus volume.