Christopher Robin and I


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 was Christopher 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 original autobiographical 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.


 

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