Foreword by the editor

         When, in early june '95, one humbly asked the readers of for a little bit of their time because he had this little writing exercise of his he would like us to read and comment on, I wasn't quite prepared for 230 Kwords of brilliant fiction that had me glued to the keyboard with every of its 16 installments, once they arrived.  Or a bad case of literary cold turkey when they, thanks to germany's bad news-lag, didn't, leaving me hunting the 'net via ftp or gopher-news gateways and other illicit means of virtual travel.  Besides being truly captivating, the story held up well against my collection of Fiction and Fantasy books; even my fourth reading only dug up minor loose plot points in the Memoirs' Afterword and Epilogue (which the author admitted to having planted to have a backdoor to sequels (pantpantpant please...)), typos (which I mercilessly weeded out) and quite a bit of inconsistent formatting that the HTML Version (and the RTF Version it is based on, available on request, just mention your platform) you are hopefully about to read completely eliminates.
          Unfortunately, novel-style formatting in HTML V2.0 is next to impossible if your browser doesn't fully support &nbsp; as a character looking precisely the same as space but clinging to non-whitespace characters and being indivisible by word-wrap, which is the way it is specified in ISO 8859-1, which is defined to be the basic character set for HTML V2.0.  The unfortunate part is that the only browsers that handle this properly are Arena, Netscape, OmniWeb and lynx, the latter sometimes having problems with either gzip'ed HTML pages or the "zcat" CGI binary.  So, until HTML V3.0 support with its <tab to=...> feature (anyone did grok it from the 'specs?) becomes widespread, better stick to Arena, Netscape or OmniWeb.

          There are some illustrations available, although I wouldn't recommend viewing them before having read the story.  I'm thinking of adding them to the text as inlines, but some of the pictures are simply too big.  You can access these illustrations via the Afterword.

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