A Place So Foreign and Eight More

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  1. Here’s this story’s intro from the book:

    This cycle of stories–”Shadow of the Mothaship,” “Home Again, Home Again,” and “The Super Man and the Bugout”–were the first time I ever recycled a world in my fiction. Half the fun of writing something new is inventing a new place and new people and new problems to explore. Even though these stories are related, they’re all very different in tone and timeline, all meant to stand on their own.

    The inspiration for the stylistic games in this piece was E.L. Doctorow’s “Book of Daniel,” which is, in turn, loosely based on the life of Abbie Hoffman–as well as the story of the Rosenbergs, the couple executed in the 1950s for allegedly selling nuclear secrets to the Soviets.

    I read Doctorow’s novel on holidays in Cuba, while I was learning to SCUBA dive, and his narrative trick of switching to the third person every time the narrator came to something too personal to reveal in the first person blew me away. I outlined this story while I was taking those first dives, clambering around the hulls of sunken fishing boats and slowly descending the walls of reefs.

    NB: E.L. Doctorow is not my father or anything. Family legend has it that my paternal grandfather’s great-uncle was E.L.’s grandfather. My folks bounced this off of E.L. after a reading and he seemed to think that it was plausible enough.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — September 7, 2003 @ 7:36 am

  2. PDF

    Comment by Jeremy Keith — September 8, 2003 @ 4:54 am

  3. The PDF above is very, very simple and not much different to the original text version (no conversion of quotes, emphasis, etc.). All I’ve done is change the typeface to 12 point Helvetica.

    The width is still fixed at 80 characters.

    I’m sure somebody else will put together some more sophisticated PDFs. This was just a quick fix done using the “Save as pdf” print option under OS X.

    Comment by Jeremy Keith — September 8, 2003 @ 7:08 am

  4. I’ve converted all the available stories into Palm Reader format, suitable for one-click loading onto a Palm Pilot or Pocket PC (as well as looking rather nice using the Palm Reader for Windows and Macs.)

    The Palm Reader file’s available from here.

    Comment by Thomas Scott — September 8, 2003 @ 7:33 am

  5. Apple Newton Paperback format of all of the short stories:

    http://toronto.unna.org/unna/books/Fiction_Poetry/Cory_Doctorow/

    Comment by Victor Rehorst — September 8, 2003 @ 8:11 am

  6. Here are .pdf and .doc formats.

    Comment by Grant Henninger — September 9, 2003 @ 11:12 am

  7. I’ve got another Palm Reader version of this story, available here.

    Comment by Jon Abernathy — September 9, 2003 @ 11:16 pm

  8. Plucker is an open source compressed HTML format for Palm and
    other handheld computers. The reader is available from
    http://www.plkr.org/
    and the converted story is at
    http://home.austin.rr.com/rcp/plucker/Cory_Doctorow_-_Home_Again_Home_Again.pdb

    Comment by Rob Pettengill — September 17, 2003 @ 2:46 pm

  9. HTML versions of all stories can be found here. Converted with txt2html. The width is not fixed to 80 characters.

    Comment by Michael Schubart — September 18, 2003 @ 8:59 pm

  10. MS Reader version (adapted from Grant Henninger’s .doc version):

    here

    Comment by Klep — May 6, 2005 @ 2:52 pm

  11. I converted this to mobipocket’s prc format, that can be used in many readers, including the Amazon Kindle.

    Home_Again_Home_Again

    Comment by jonnyflash — October 13, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  12. Jeremy Keith, I love your PDF’s, I give you big *smooch* for them, but this one is empty. :(
    Zero bytes. :(

    Comment by Scarlet — December 15, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

  13. Large print online edition of Home Again, Home Again in font APHONT.

    Comment by Tim Johnson — April 7, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

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