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SF history outside of the Heinlein continuum isn't my strongest area, but TSMD is one of my all-time favorite books and I've accumulated a fair amount of info about its creation. I don't recall anything about it being sparked by Campbell. Perhaps you're thinking of another work, Tina?

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The story about this came from Sturgeon. I am also sure because the ability to jaunt was central to both stories.


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Yes, I perused that edition in a bookstore in the late '90s - before I obtained the 4 issues of Galaxy containing the serial - but didn't see anything in it that described just what it was that the Eisensteins did, beyond their "compiled and edited by" credit on the first page (per Amazon "look inside" feature; my local library doesn't carry it). Such credits don't carry much weight with me in and of themselves - there was a Baen edition of James Schmitz's The Witches of Karres in 2005 with a prominent "Edited by Eric Flint" on the cover, and because I'm a longtime fan of that book and have two different early editions, I wrote to Flint at Baen asking whether I'd notice any changes, and he replied and said no.

I did of course notice the credit for the "special restored text of this edition copyright 1996" by Bester's estate, as well as the longer (i.e., British edition) forms of the all-caps phrases near the end, and presumed (perhaps incorrectly) that the former referred to the latter and to nothing else. I also see in the portion of the first chapter visible at Amazon that the ship names are in italics as in Galaxy, certainly a choice I'd have made as well.

Thanks for the offer to follow up with you privately about this - I'll probably do so after my younger daughter's bat mitzvah is out of the way, in 7 or 8 weeks.


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