Wednesday, 5 September 2012
"Operation Afreet" III
We learn of magical medical techniques:
sticking pins into model bacteria;
sympathetic operations on enlarged anatomical dummies;
looking at germs through a microscope with the Evil Eye!
Chapter VIII begins:
"Here we reach one of the interludes." (p. 48)
This must be an insert between the first two of the originally separate stories. We are in transition between "Operation Afreet" and "Operation Salamander." The War is winding down. Werewolf Steve Matuchek and witch Ginny Graylock are working towards getting married and thus becoming the parents of Valeria Matuchek who is already known to us if we have read the books in the wrong order. Steve plays the Wolf Man in horror films (he did mention acting experience earlier) but his real ambition is to become an engineer and to create an antigravity spell powerful enough for interplanetary travel. Forty three years after "Operation Afreet" was published in 1956, Operation Luna was published in 1999. Thus, this series spans Anderson's career.