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"This is a work in process. Not in the process of being written. The authors have long since done their part -- the words have been laid to page and now to bits and bytes. The writing part is done. The process comes from the reading.
"This is one of those pieces of literature. You know the type -- the kind where the words get up walk about changing themselves entirely when you aren't looking.
"Horace L. Gold is remembered as a great editor -- the first editor of Galaxy Magazine. I didn't know Horace as an editor. I haven't had that pleasure. I know Horace from his writing -- some of which I didn't even know was his until years later when I learned about pseudonyms.
"L. Sprague de Camp is another author from my list of top ten authors. (Actually at last count there were seventeen authors on my list of top ten.) The first book I read by L. Sprague de Camp, Compleat Enchanter, is right up there on my list of used books to buy -- for the simple reason that I like to give copies to any friend that shows the remotest interest in science fiction.
"As regards this story by Horace L. Gold & L. Sprague de Camp, it is my experience that a single reading is not enough. And it is also my experience that with each reading the story has grown and deepened. Phenomenologically speaking it doesn't really matter all that much whether this results from changes in the story or changes in me, the reader. For me it is in the experience of reading the story.
"We at Galaxy are giving to the world an electronic copy of None But Lucifer to be read by one and all. However, should you desire to bring this work to print do give a call -- since without a specific contract signed sealed and delivered you will be breaking copyright and be subject to all sorts of legal strictures. Or in other words, this story is under copyright and all rights are reserved. So be nice." -- Xxaxx