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The Inferior 4+1 is a Livejournal community maintained by Paul, lizhand, Paul Witcover, lucius-t and ljgoldstein.

Recent posts:

  • Woman on the Ten-Dollar Bill November 28, 2015
  • The Fandom That Was November 27, 2015
    Frank Robinson and Robert Silverberg, 1953. Courtesy of Mike Resnick's Facebook page.CORRECTION: Mister Silverberg himself dates this shot to 1956.
  • New Review at the B&NR November 23, 2015
    A brief history of Cosmic Horror, following up my earlier look at William Sloane.
  • Adventures of Bonnie, or, Dogs Behaving Badly November 18, 2015
    Yesterday at the Point Isabel dog park Bonnie decided she didn't want to go home after all, and kept slipping away when I tried to collar her.  Then she ran outside the park, down the street, crossed the street several times (horns blaring as she ran), turned past the Costco onto a larger street, crossed the street there as well, headed back, ran into the Costco parking lot (where I lost her for a while, until people at the gas pumps pointed her out to me), and returned to the park.  There were several times when I thought I'd lost her for good, and I was even calculating the chances of her getting found by someone who would call the number on her tag.Finally she paused at the water fountain in the park and I grabbed her -- and yelled at her, loudly, and then apologized to the nice woman who was staring at me.So what this means is that Bonnie can't go back to Point Isabel until she proves she'll come when she's called, which could be months, or even years.  (I had thought she was under voice control, but, well, apparently not.)  A shame, because I love it as much as she does.
  • Joining Lisa – Blatant Attempts at My Own Self-Promotion – because if not on one’s blog, then where, November 16, 2015
    I'm thrilled to announce that Venture Press, a new science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the U.K.'s leading independent digital publisher, will be e-publishing my second novel, Vanishing Point, in early 2016. More details to come -- stay posted! Here’s a link to Venture’s website: Then in new news, my science fiction short story “Flattened” is included in the just-published Western Weird anthology, this year’s Western Press Books’ “Manifest West” annual themed antho – this year luckily tilted towards my oddball slant.
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE November 13, 2015
    A neat counterfactual novel about Hollywood, among other themes.

(Originally posted at The Inferior 4+1, November 25th 2012)

The year was 1965, and I was eleven years old and in love with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. I had read the paperbacks that accompanied the series, and even subscribed to the digest magazine of the same name. So, naturally, I thought I could write my own adventure starring my heroes.

I laboriously typed up the tale, and bound it with cardboard and cellophane tape (now yellowed flakes). The first jpeg shows the little cover flap with blurb designed to lure readers into the tale.

I might have shown it to my best friend Stephen Antoniou, who was equally besotted with the show, but certainly it never passed through many hands. Almost fifty years old, it remains as my one and only foray into fanfic. My first “published” work?

If you click on the images, you can read some of the text, if you’re so inclined.