From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) A Sad Loss Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 11:16:51 +0100 Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote: >The dedication to THE FIFTH HEAD OF CERBERUS reads: > >To Damon Knight, who >one well-remembered >June evening in 1966 grew me from a bean. > >I have no idea what that means, but. Hmm. There used to be some sort of in-joke in SF publishing circles that publishers (or editors?) didn't discover their writers, but grew them from magic beans. Please don't ask me where I got this from, because I've been racking my brains trying to remember ever since I saw your post. It feels like I read it in an essay or a foreword somewhere, and I can conjure up almost the exact sentence, but not the source. On another level, if you're right about Number Five's family name being more than just a pun, then it's hard not to also see this dedication as a joking comparison of the Knight-Wolfe relationship to that of father and son in 5HC. After all, Maitre grows little Gene Wolfes from seed too. --