Nehemiah Scudder already appears in Heinlein's earliest novel For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (written 1938–1939, though first published in 2003). Scudder's early career as depicted in that book is virtually identical with the above—but with the crucial difference that in the earlier version Scudder is stopped at the last moment by the counter-mobilization of Libertarians , and despite mass voter intimidation carries only Tennessee and Alabama . In fact, the Libertarian regime seen in full bloom in that book's 2086 came into being in direct reaction to Scudder's attempt to impose Puritanical mores on the entire American society.
Robert Gleason was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He has an AB in English literature from Indiana University, a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and he attended the Sorbonne, all of which were financed by seven hellish years in the Gary steel mills. He has worked in New York book publishing as an acquisitions editor pretty much forever. His authors have included Henry Miller, Robert Heinlein, Hubert Selby, Jim Thompson, Nancy Friday, and many hundreds of other distinguished scribes. He has worked for Simon & Schuster-Pocket Books, Playboy Press and for the last 27 years, he has worked at Tor/Forge Books, where he is executive editor.