No updates here! Nupdate!
It’s rare that a post of mine generates such unanimity, but it looks as if the question I asked in my last post has been answered.
The Rift will therefore hit the net unaltered, except for the usual tweaks and small improvements. People reading the novel will experience an alternative universe rather more pleasant than the one we live in now, where Katrina and Fukushima and 9/11 never happened.
We, as a culture, have learned the lesson that a merciless world can kill us at any time. People in The Rift learn this in the course of the novel, but they start out in a more innocent place than the one we live in now.
I very much liked y’all’s suggestion of a preface placing the work in its time. When I was living in the Nineties it hardly seemed a more innocuoust time, but it certainly seems that way now.