CUT TEN PAGES of mostly exposition from the first scenes of the story. I’ve conceived of an angle of attack to the story that permits me a good deal faster pace, preserves an air of mystery while revealing important background in a bit less of an infodump fashion and more in a Heinlein fashion. And the gradual — call it need-to-know — provision to the reader of essential background notes will, I hope, heighten tension.
Meantime, the cutouts are preserved, in case I want to drop them back in — in heavily modified form — at a later date. I don’t see it happening, but you never know.