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Odd that Rhysling is based on someone Heinlein met during the War, given that he is mentioned in "Universe," which was written in 1941.


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Bill Mullins wrote:
Odd that Rhysling is based on someone Heinlein met during the War, given that he is mentioned in "Universe," which was written in 1941.


Wow. My first thought is usually "check the magazine version," since there were revisions when the stories were collected in book form, but I presume that's what you're talking about.

So maybe he had the name, and/or the idea of a poet, but only later did Rhysling become a blind accordion player... what's your theory?

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Bill Mullins wrote:
Odd that Rhysling is based on someone Heinlein met during the War, given that he is mentioned in "Universe," which was written in 1941.


Is it possible that this was dated from the start of the war in Europe, 1939?


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The 5/41 ASF version merely mentions "Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways." No further details. My notes referring to the GHOE liner notes indicate that he met Tony during his time at NAES.

It's entirely possible that Heinlein filled out a sketchy character reference with details from "Tony" - or maybe we have some additional story-polishing, here. :)

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James Gifford wrote:
The 5/41 ASF version merely mentions "Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways." No further details. My notes referring to the GHOE liner notes indicate that he met Tony during his time at NAES.

It's entirely possible that Heinlein filled out a sketchy character reference with details from "Tony" - or maybe we have some additional story-polishing, here. :)

No, you've got it essentially right: Heinlein had the basic idea of a blind bard as far back as 1941 but couldn't figure out how to write the story until after he had met Tony d'Amico. I suspect the change of name in Methuselah's Children (1941, 1958) from Mary Risling to Mary Sperling came about because he wanted to reserve the Rhysling name. The revisions to Methuselah's Children for book publication were made in 1947 and 1948, after GHOE was published (and immediately collected into the Post book publication).


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