As I was saying on the second page,
the character Christopher Robin was more than just a childhood interest; he
was my childhood alter ego (more so in his Disney incarnation than in the original Milne/Shepard
incarnation on the left). I sensed that he and I were very much alike, and that the original boy behind the original Christopher
Robin and I were also very much alike. (In fact, I often felt that I
Robin in a sense -- to paraphrase Gandalf the White in THE LORD OF
THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, I was Christopher Robin as he should have been.) As an adult, I encountered the
trilogy of A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Milne, and learned just how accurate my perception was. (It was interesting
to learn -- for example -- that Christopher Milne, like myself, was largely Scottish by descent. There are many
more parallels between us, however.)
But more than that, Christopher Robin as a character was the inspiration for much of my own childhood role-playing.
That role-playing was rarely if ever in A.A. Milne's original
setting. My own speculative fiction, starting
from that strange and wonderful foundation, has taken many,
many different paths since...
All the same, my sheer ambivalence - and a lifelong
ambivalence at that - about my speculative fiction has made me
decide to remove the many further comments I had written here about
the subject. They are probably archived even yet, somewhere on the
Web, but there is nothing I can do about that...
Still, here's to Christopher Robin, my childhood
alter ego, and the seed of my adult alter ego. Long may you inspire
innocence, compassion and intelligence combined in your readers, as
you did in me.