OPUS 179, Number of the Beast, Part 11

OPUS 179, Number of the Beast, Part 11
OPUS 179
NUMBER OF THE BEAST
 

OPUS Number
179
Box Number
111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122
Title
Number of the Beast
Category
Manuscript
Type
Novel
Dates, approximate
Written October - December 1978 using material from (including first 250 pages of The Panki-Barsoom Number of the Beast (Op. 176)
Pages
6393
Description
Part 1, 229 pages, contains “oddments” file—notes, notecards, calculations, application letter from a typist, ads for novel. Page 18 has formula for the scrambled names used in the novel. Includes article “Authorization and Continuing Supervision of United States Commercial Space Activities” by Art Dula. Page 222 has engineering diagram Dula had made of the Gay Deceiver.
 
Part 2, 220 pages, contains notecards.
 
Part 3, 227 pages, contains notecards, manuscript pages numbered 63-167. Ends with RAH’s explanation of the anagrams of the names.
 
Part 4, 210 pages, contains manuscript draft to page 204, no edits.
 
Part 5, 214 pages, contains manuscript draft, page 205-423, no edits.
 
Part 6, 200 pages, contains manuscript draft, page 424-736, no edits.
 
Part 7, 185 pages, contains manuscript draft, page 737-end, 912, no edits. As-published ending.
 
Part 8, 309 pages, contains heavily edited manuscript draft, pages 1-309.
 
Part 9, 178 pages, contains heavily edited manuscript draft, pages 310-486.
 
Part 10, 189 pages, contains heavily edited manuscript draft, pages 487-666 (The Number of the Beast).
 
Part 11, 309 pages, contains heavily edited manuscript draft, pages 667-874, end. As-published ending.
 
Part 12, 222 pages, contains 2nd cut manuscript with numerous edits, pages numbered by chapters, 01-01 through 16-11.
 
Part 13, 150 pages, contains 2nd cut manuscript with numerous edits, pages numbered by chapters, 13-01 through page 328 (erratic page numbering).
 
Part 14, 171 pages, contains 2nd cut manuscript with numerous edits, pages 329-499.
 
Part 15, 180 pages, contains 2nd cut manuscript with numerous edits, pages 500-674.
 
Part 16, 180 pages, contains 2nd cut manuscript with numerous edits, pages 675-858 (manuscript ends without completion).
 
Part 17, 172 pages, contains manuscript with numerous crossouts, pages 1-165.
 
Part 18, 228 pages, contains manuscript with numerous crossouts, pages 165-226.
 
Part 19, 250 pages, contains manuscript with numerous crossouts, pages 2-250 (numbering is erratic).
 
Part 20, 167 pages, contains manuscript with numerous crossouts, pages to end.
 
Part 21, 205 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 1-199.
 
Part 22, 135 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 200-333.
 
Part 23, 97 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 335-429.
 
Part 24, 258 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 430-686, end.
 
Part 25, 170 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 1-165.
 
Part 26, 184 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 166-349.
 
Part 27, 160 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 350-508.
 
Part 28, 178 pages, contains clean manuscript copy, pages 509-686, end.
 
Part 29, 208 pages, contains unorganized pages found in manuscript box on Ginny’s desk, chapters 17-26.
 
Part 30, 126 pages, contains scattered manuscript pages, no order.
 
Part 31, 280 pages, contains proof copy of novel.
 
Part 32, 280 pages, contains print copy of novel.
 
Part 33, 25 pages, contains bestsellers lists for novel.
Publication
Novel 219,000 words. Serial publication of 27,250 word excerpt and reduction in Omni magazine October 1979; published after auction by Fawcett Columbine in 1980, with a British release a few weeks earlier
Cross References
Characters
 
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Notes
alternate working titles:  The Gay Deceiver and Always Tip the Headsman