Comment on Cold Copper Endings (Bright Silver Beginnings)

  1. Film Noir was a common enough term in 1971 when the story is set. Archie, who loves the genre, would certainly know it and what better way to describe the Shadow at your doorstep. I needed a quick shorthand, vaguely jokey description. We're archetypes. We define and transcend genres. Glad you enjoyed, thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    1. Yes -- I'm just so used to thinking of the stories as earlier, regardless of the actual time of writing -- like Archie, I don't question his age standing still unless something reminds me of the actual era (I ought to have picked up on Gore Vidal as well.)

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      1. I looked up the New York Times bestseller list for the time in question. I had planned to have Wolfe reading "On the Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" but it was written too late. Vidal was perfect. I got to shill one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite books but I also got to have Wolfe snark about it the way I believe Stout would've. Hey, kids? A lesson! Even if it's just 1600 words do your research! My correspondent doesn't need this lesson.

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        1. Heh. I’ve recently decided that you can always handwave the big stuff as long as you get the little details right. Unfortunately in practice this looks like:

          Me: “Swarm of mini-robots needs no justification, this is SF after all!”
          Also Me: “I need to find a list of all the commercial radio stations active on Long Island in 1948 or I can’t write this chapter, because someone switches on a radio for a few seconds and I don’t want it to sound fake.”

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          1. Not to worry. WNBC has been broadcasting in the tri-state area since forever. Now what programming they were running, that's another question. The news? Absolutely, go with it! The Lone Ranger, Fibber Mcgee and Molly, Lucky Strike's Hit Parade? Not a clue! You're right though. Nothing destroys my willing suspension of disbelief faster than a radio station starting with 'W' in, say, Colorado. British writers doing American shows where characters are wearing jumpers and ringing up mum are quite jarring as well. When I write in a British world the characters see colours and taste flavours. Bugger it!

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