I got a little package in the mail on Friday from the Netherlands, which is not something that happens every day. I did, however, have several theories about what it might be when I finally whipped out my knife to open it up. Material from one of the overseas contributors to my current book project on the Battle of Brunanburh, perhaps. Or something from one of the Dutch scholars I worked with for the terrific Middle English Texts Series edition of Everyman and its Dutch original, Enckerlijc. Or maybe something from some of the good folks I met when I lived for a semester at Kasteel Vaeshartelt in Maastricht.
Nope, nope, and nope. Instead, it turned out to be two copies of the latest volume of The Wellsian, The Journal of the H.G. Wells Society. My article, “The Tripods of Vulcan and Mars: Homer, Darwin, and the Fighting Machines of H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds,” appears on pages 54-60.
Pretty cool stuff to see, especially since it has been so long since I learned of its acceptance. In the meantime I’d sort of pushed it from my mind, making its appearance in my hands a real treat of a surprise.