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ID
b152
Title
"The Sun Rises Twice."
Genre
Story
Page Count
7
Word Count
2180
Publisher
Argosy
Jerusalem Radio Forum
News Chronicle
Royal Air Force Journal
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
First-Person Narratives
Flying Officer X Stories
Topics
Pilots, War

In The World in Ripeness (18), Bates would recall that for his "Flying Officer X" stories, it was the "casual, unsuspecting, apparently irrelevant word that I was waiting for as my inspiration... One evening a pilot, an extraordinarily good and tough one, let fall the casual statement that sometimes, not returning from ops over Germany until dawn was breaking, he would see the sun rise twice, once from several thousand feet up and a second time after he had landed. I could scarcely wait to get this illuminating symbolic episode down on paper..." The tale portrays a cultured pilot whose nearly fatal escapade exemplifies that he is someone for whom "the sun rises twice." In the News Chronicle (February 23, 1942), Argosy (June 1942), Jerusalem Radio Forum (September 18, 1942), Royal Air Force Journal (October 17, 1942), The Greatest People in the World and Other Stories (1942), There's Something In The Air (1943), Something in The Air (1944), The Stories of Flying Officer 'X' (1952). Reprinted in Recent Short Stories (London: Odhams Press, 1960), Adventure Stories (2011).