By Henry Williamson
A attempt to Destruction (1960) was once the 8th access in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of historic Sunlight spanning the years from the overdue Victorian interval to the second one global struggle. It starts off within the ultimate 12 months of the good conflict. After the tough wintry weather of 1917 everyone seems to be nearing the boundaries in their persistence. Hetty, briefly relieved to have Phillip thoroughly domestic, hopes desperately that her son usually are not published to France back. Phillip, although, is set to return, and provides his identify to an inventory of these to be had for carrier. After returning to front, in spite of the fact that, he's injured and despatched on convalescent go away within the West kingdom, the place his post-war civilian lifestyles begins.
'Williamson's sort is romantic, although not often sentimental, and his sensuous reaction to nature is clean and surprising.' Anthony Burgess, Ninety-Nine Novels: the easiest in English considering the fact that 1939
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To me it still seems like a pretty good job, especially for a writer who was a considerable distance short of his twentieth birthday. It moves along, it creates character and action and something of a plot, it gets its not-extremely original point across effectively. If I had been an editor looking at this manuscript back then, I would certainly have thought its writer showed some promise. 2004 RS writing as Calvin M. Knox. Cover story “Prime Commandment” for The ORIGINAL SCIENCE FICTION STORIES, January, 1958.
Since Campbell was of Scottish ancestry, Garrett suggested that we make our hero a Scot, one Duncan MacLeod. We worked it all out in great detail, and then, to my surprise, Garrett told me that we were going downtown to Campbell’s office to pitch the idea in person. I had never expected anything like that. I thought we would let our agent handle the marketing of the project. We pitched our story; Randall did most of the talking, but I added a thoughtful bit of Ivy League eloquence every now and then.
Browne, about whom I will have more to say a little further on, also gave me a ready welcome. He ran a different sort of magazine, featuring simple action tales staff-written by a little stable of insiders — Milton Lesser, Paul W. Fairman, and a couple of others. It happened that in the summer of 1955 Browne had two vacancies in his stable, and he offered the jobs to Garrett and me the day we showed up in his office. So long as we brought him stories every month and maintained a reasonable level of competence he would buy everything we wrote, sight unseen.