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April 26, 1998

Star Child / Silver Shoes

Title confusion

We've been switching back and forth on a title for the forthcoming story series based on the original Silver Shoes for a Princess. Different versions have found there way into different places, confusing various people, and the result has been a number of requests for clarification. For anyone else having the same problem, below is reproduced the e-mail I sent out in response to the last query.

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I'm not surprised you got confused.

"Silver Shoes for a Princess" was the title of a short piece I wrote ten or twelve years ago, originally appearing in Jim Baen's "Destinies" series that he produced while he was with ACE. A lot of people liked it, and a couple of years ago we decided to extend it to a set of four stories in one volume, originally under the same title.

That was scheduled for publication last year, but delayed for reasons to do with publishing that I don't pretend to understand.

At the same time (to avoid confusion!), I suggested changing the title to "Star Child" to distinguish the set of four from the original story, and stated on my web site that that was what we were going to do.

Then one of my sons thought there had been too many titles of late with the words "Star" and "Child" in, and the orignal sounded "cooler." So I passed it on to Baen and retracted the above, saying on my web site that we were bowing to the wisdom of youth and leaving it as was.

But now it turns out that it has gone through as "Star Child" anyway, because Jim Baen liked it better.

As far as I know, it's scheduled for release under that title around July.


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