Dear readers and friends of George R. Stewart,
As the days in the northern hemisphere begin to grow longer, it’s a good time to review the year of this weblog. Fortunately, WordPress makes that easy by setting up a page which reviews log activity – number of posts, number of visitors, number of comments, where the visitors are located, and sites referring them. I’ve made the page public so you can see how your involvement has helped make the writing rewarding.
It is particularly interesting to me that the posts have been read by people in 49 countries. If I were a numerologist, I might comment that the number 49 has great significance: Earth Abides, Stewart’s great work, honored by Philip Aaberg’s music and author James Sallis’s essay, was published in 1949. Since the novel has never been out of print, that’s 66 years of good reading for that one book alone.
Another, related, highlight was the successful sponsoring of an interpretive sign on old US 40 at Donner Summit about Stewart. The sign was successfully sponsored by several friends of Stewart’s work, and designed by Bill Oudegeest of the Donner Summit Historical Society.
With luck, another honoring and educational effort will be finished in early 2016. Sponsors are donating the funding for the publication of the sheet music for Philip Aaberg’s “Earth Abides.”
The weblog also brought connections with novelist Christopher Priest, whose award-winning novel The Prestige was filmed with Hugh Jackman and Christopher Bale in starring roles, and Junlin Pan, a Chinese scholar working at an Illinois University, who’s translating Names on the Land into Chinese for one of the largest publishing houses in China. I had the great pleasure of discussing Stewart’s work with Christopher Priest; and the similarly great pleasure of helping Junlin Pan with some of the more esoteric references in the footnotes to Stewart’s names book.
It’s been a good year for this weblog, and I thank all of you who’ve been following it, and especially those commenting on the writing. May all of you have a Happy New Year, and a good 2016.