Why Did I Write It?

My first book, The Great Heinlein Mystery, took many years to research. During the course of that research, I became more familiar with other authors of the period. Since most of Heinlein’s stories of the pre-World War II era appeared in Astounding Science-Fiction, I also read many stories and articles from that magazine. Over the years, I had written a number of articles that appeared in The Heinlein Journal, which was published by the late Bill Patterson. Both before and after the appearance of my first book, I also had a number of Notes appear in Science Fiction Studies. As I kept looking into science fiction of the years before and during the war, I encountered a range of interesting sources. There was Astounding Wonder by John Cheng, which looked at science fiction during the interwar years. There were books about science fiction pulp magazines that briefly considered the war years. And then there were biographies or autobiographies of various authors that also made some reference to activities during the war. I discovered, however, that there was no single book that focused on the subject of science fiction during World War II. Although I did not become aware of it until after I had finished An ASTOUNDING War, the situation was perfectly described by a quote from Toni Morrison: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I put it all together – material from my previously published shorter works and the results of much additional research. I may be a bit biased, but I think I did a pretty good job. 

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