In 1942, Lester del Rey published Nerves, a novella about an accident at an atomic plant; in 1956 he published a new version of it, expanded to a novel. I read those two.

According to the ISFDb, there is a 1976, slightly revised, version of the novel. Does anybody know more about the differences between the 1956 and 1976 version, especially regarding the verisimilitude of scientific and technical details?

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    (What was wrong with "as regards..."?) – DaG Feb 7 '12 at 15:43
  • @Kevin agreed with DaG as it should either be "with regard to" or "as regards" or even just "regarding" but the current phrasing is just awkward. See in regard or regards or regard, regards, regarding. – Joshua Drake Mar 8 '12 at 20:29

The most recent version was revised slightly in 1976. Del Rey himself wrote “In planning a sixth printing, the publisher has kindly permitted me to go over it again. A third of a century has passed since I first wrote the story, and I can look at it far more objectively. So again I've revised it slightly, eliminating inconsistencies, expanding a bit for clarity, - but essentially leaving the story as it was always meant to be.” (source the Historical Note appendix found in the 1976 Ballantine edition.)

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