In a Spaceship Maybe

by Grant Carrington


    "In a Spaceship Maybe" was written at the 1969 Clarion workshop. It was originally titled "The Deep End." I sent it to Damon Knight for Orbit and he sent it to Harlan Ellison, who bought it for Again, Dangerous Visions. But then he bumped it to Last Dangerous Visions, which has yet to be published (nearly 30 years later). I asked Harlan for an idea for a new title and he suggested "'Where Are We, Doug?' 'I Don't Know. A Spaceship, Maybe.'" (the first lines of the story). I later shortened it to "In a Spaceship Maybe" (inspired by Bergman's "Through a Glass Darkly") over Harlan's objections.

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