The Last American by John Ames Mitchell - Alt History/Satire

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Post by TriciaG » June 18th, 2020, 12:24 pm

Suggestion from Twitter:

The Last American
A Fragment from the Journal of Khan-li, Prince of Dimph-yoo-chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7485

"There's a story from the late 19th or early 20th about an Arab expedition to the long collapsed United States (after some sort of apocalypse) it had illustrations. Book length. Kind of a satire. Cute funny."

9400-ish words, so it could be squeezed into the Short Story Collection. I haven't read it, so it MIGHT fit into Sci-fi Collection??
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Post by PAOttawa » July 13th, 2020, 1:11 pm

I have read the first few pages of this; it would definitely fall in the SciFi realm of SciFi, in the general style of the Future History books of RH Heinlein. There is also an almost comic feel to the satire.

It's been a while since I did any recording, so don't remember how to proceed if I wanted to do the reading; would be grateful for advice.

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Post by TriciaG » July 13th, 2020, 1:55 pm

Welcome back! :)

If you can get it all into one file of 74 minutes or less, then it can go straight into the Short Science Fiction Collection. Read the instructions in the first post here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=81343

If it's longer than that, then it'll need to be broken up into more than one file, and it could be its own solo. Here's instructions/links for setting up a solo project: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=13513
Hatfields & McCoys sensationalist account: An American Vendetta
Jack London short stories: The Strength of the Strong
Mystery: Dope, by Sax Rohmer
The one that started them all: Self-Help, by Samuel Smiles

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Post by PAOttawa » July 14th, 2020, 4:20 pm

Thanks Tricia! :D

I will take this one on, but I don't want to rush through the reading, so I don't know how long it will be. Perhaps it would be better to do it as a solo project to start. However, if it turns out to be less than 74 mins, could it be switched to the Short SciFi Collections?

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Post by annise » July 14th, 2020, 4:32 pm

Why not just record the text, see how long it is, then you'll know where it belongs - it's easier for you that setting up a solo project you don't need.

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Post by TriciaG » July 14th, 2020, 4:33 pm

I'm thinking what you could do is record it, then see what the length is. If it's not too long, name it correctly and submit it to the collection. If it's too long, split it at an appropriate spot, adding in the intro/outro at the split of the two files. Then start the solo project.

That's what I'd do. :)

(Anne typed faster.)
Hatfields & McCoys sensationalist account: An American Vendetta
Jack London short stories: The Strength of the Strong
Mystery: Dope, by Sax Rohmer
The one that started them all: Self-Help, by Samuel Smiles

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Post by PAOttawa » July 14th, 2020, 5:09 pm

Okie dokie - sounds like a plan. Thanks for the advice. :thumbs:

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Post by PAOttawa » July 31st, 2020, 7:46 am

This is going to take a little longer than I anticipated; I had a fall a couple of weeks ago, and recovery is slower than I had hoped. :( Also, I have to get my reading voice back :D
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Post by TriciaG » July 31st, 2020, 8:54 am

No worries. It's on your schedule. Heal up!
Hatfields & McCoys sensationalist account: An American Vendetta
Jack London short stories: The Strength of the Strong
Mystery: Dope, by Sax Rohmer
The one that started them all: Self-Help, by Samuel Smiles

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