I received an interesting email today.
I came across your site and wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for the semi-correct writing of the birth of “TERRA” in your monthly book selection. It’s great to see the continue interest in the series.
FYI- Webley was a character in a series of short stories Dad had published in England in the early 60′ for children. Unfortunately your story about Fortune and Webley ever being rewritten from Napoleon and Illya is absurd. Though there is a connection, just not the one you’re making. It was David McDaniel, a close friend of Mom’s who was writing many of the UNCLE books. While Dad and he hung out together in the 60’s, talking, their conversations generated the idea of TERRA. Dad was currently writing pieces for Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen. Dad loved Webley’s character for years and now he had a new outlet for that part of his creative genius. Inspired, Dad wrote Webley a partner and thought a name like Hannibal was a perfect for a space time traveling hero. Don Wollheim ACE’s publisher had already published books/articles by Dad and Mom and loved the idea.
David and Don were instrumental in the genesis of this wonderful world, as was the need to support Mom and I.
Currently I’m on track to take Hannibal and Webley to the screen.
We thank you for your review.
Keep up the good work.
Mrs. Sabra Jardine-Mackenzie
First, I apologize for the error in the genesis of TERRA. I can only say I was repeating a story by J. M. Stine I’d been seeing for years on the internet. I loved these books as a teenager and still have the original set bought new. Thanks for the correction. Now I’m curious about those short stories.
Also, glad to see the possibility of a movie. Best of luck on that front.