Jan 23, 2008
By Ben Towle
“Midnight Sun is a work of fiction,” Ben Towle is quick to point out at the start of his afterword to this collection of his five-issue Slave Labor series. It’s an important thing to get out of the way at the top of the proceedings. After all, one could be easily forgiven for thinking that the book, a tale of a reporter sent out in search of the survivors of a Antarctic airship crash, is largely a work of historical fact.
It’s mistake which is largely justified by Towle’s next sentence, “This much is fact, though: on May 25th, on her way back from the North Pole, the airship Italia crashed on the arctic ice pack, killing one crewman on impact, stranding nine, and carrying off the remaining six.” The author lists off a few more facts, culminating with the rhetorical, “how much of Midnight Sun is true? If by ‘true’ one means ‘factual,’ then the answer is: ‘not a whole lot.’”
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