Special X # 12: WWII in the Pacific

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Postby Slade » Wed Jan 25, 2006 6:08 am

Sladists,

It's 10:07 P.M. on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. I just this minute finished writing KAMIKAZE.

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Postby j » Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:02 am

Congratulations Slade! :D

And now folks, the real wait begins... as the editors get hold of it.

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Postby Jake » Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:38 pm

It's 10:07 P.M. on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. I just this minute finished writing KAMIKAZE.


:D Sweeeet!!!! :D I can't wait! Congratulations! :D :D
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Postby GestaltAmigdula » Wed Jan 25, 2006 7:38 pm

Slade wrote:It's 10:07 P.M. on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. I just this minute finished writing KAMIKAZE.

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That's pretty exciting news today. What we don't know is when your deadline was. Do tell, Jay. 8-)
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Postby Slade » Wed Jan 25, 2006 7:52 pm

Gestalt,

February 1.

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Postby GestaltAmigdula » Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:02 pm

Almost one week to the day, congrats, Jay!

Feb 1 is moving day for me.
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Postby slyragz » Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:18 pm

Well, it's about time. (teasing)

Was this work something you thought you might finish "early" or do you always try to complete your work early or did the muse just grab you by the hand and yell, "come on!"?

And, I think it says a lot that you jumped on here and gave us the news first.

Congrats, big guy!
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Postby Slade » Wed Jan 25, 2006 10:37 pm

Slyragz,

The idea for KAMIKAZE came to me back in 1967, and has tumbled around in my mind ever since. Because it, too, came out of the Second World War, writing SWASTIKA activated the Pacific War "what if" in my imagination. So that meant I had to revisit the subject to see if history had validated how I felt about the incident when I was 20...and it had in spades.

Once I got the bit between my teeth, the plot took off, and all I had to do was hold on while my subconscious did the work. The result, I hope, is a "lean, mean, fighting machine," that revolves around the quote by Field Marshal William Slim: "There's a lot of talk about fighting to the last man, but only the Japanese actually do it."

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Postby moonflee » Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:32 am

That is some great news! :lol:
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Postby raasnio » Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:36 am

A new Slade novel? Can't wait. 8-)
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Postby The Card Player » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:10 am

All Slade novels I read were about serial killers. Does Kamikaze follow the same lead just like Swastika or...?
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Postby Baidhnobas » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:01 am

Okay, I lied, I'm hijacking another thread, but I don't think this question is worth a new one, and I can't find another that fits it. Armchair generals: is there a similarity in the ideology driving today's Iraqi and Afghani suicide bombers and the one that drove kamikaze pilots?
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Postby Slade » Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:11 am

Baid,

Yes, they all come from cultures that accept suicide as a weapon. We in the West don't, and for some arrogant reason, we seem to think that we have the right to set the rules.

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Postby Baidhnobas » Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:21 pm

Ah, see, I tried to say something similar last week and got shouted down, albeit without the shouting this time around.
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