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Current Issue Number 77 Vol.20  March 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ATLANTIS AND OTHER PLACES

ATLANTIS AND OTHER PLACES:

ATLANTIS AND OTHER PLACES, Stories of Alternate History, by Harry Turtledove. Roc (www.penguin.com), 2010, 441 pp., $24.95. ISBN 978-0-451-46364-7

In this single-author collection, Turtledove posits a variety of alternative histories:

In “Audubon In Atlantis,” John James Audubon, naturalist painter, joins friend and colleague Edward Harris on a steamship expedition to the continent of Atlantis to find and paint the near-extinct species, the Honkers – “like outsized geese with even more outsized legs” (from page 33).

“Audubon” is one of several stories that focus on the submerged continent of Atlantis. For instance:

“News From the Front.” This story is a pastiche of an alternate history of the beginning of World War II. The President confronts the press, who are growing increasingly disenchanted with the gloomy outcome, so far, of the war. Will the sharply divided country continue to be alarmed at the setbacks (now that we lost MidwayIsland to the Japanese), and could the President’s own impeachment be imminent?

“The Catcher In the Rhine” is merely an obvious and acidic pastiche of the famed J.D. Salinger novel, CATCHER IN THE RYE. But this version, instead, brings Hagen Kriemhild to Deutschland itself for a tour of perhaps a good brewery or two – because the only thing good about the place, in Hagen’s mind, is the beer.

“Farmer’s Law.” The Christian area of Abrostola is the site for a very early crime scene investigation. The battered head and body of farmer Theodore, a prosperous peasant, are found. Father George must solve the murder before Emperor Constantine sends officials to investigate. Nobody wants to see the officials. Who would do such harm to Theodore and his family? Even back then, the best investigators come up with clever crime scene discoveries.

“The Genetics Lecture.” This is a short, sweet tale of a professor’s lecture about evolution of an alternate history kind.

“The Scarlet Band.” Athelstan Helms and Dr. James Walton visit the United States of Atlantis and immediately stumble into a conspiracy to murder the leader of a cult, the House of Universal Devotion. Sleuthing has its adherents in any history, alternate or not.

Andrew M. Andrews

In This Issue

Soft Apocalpyse Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 Click on the Book Cover for Review Best Sci-Fi of the Year Oscar Wilde & Vampire Murders

Dawn to Dusk Brave New Worlds All Clear Zombie Autopsies Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Griftopia Sleight of Hand Immaculate Deception Pump Six

Sympathy for the Devil Atlantis & Othe Places Darkness Holiday Nano Comes to Clifford

Game Changers Armageddon In Retrospect   The Fall of the House of Usher Realms of Fantasy

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FLAMING ZEPPELINS

FLAMING ZEPPELINS:

FLAMING ZEPPELINS: The Adventures of Ned the Seal, by Joe R. Lansdale. Tachyon Publications (www.tachyonpublications.com), 2010, 285 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-61696-002-5

FLAMING ZEPPELINS is a combination of two short novels, ZEPPELINS WEST (Subterranean Press, 2001) and FLAMING LONDON (Subterranean, 2005). The love of westerns and pulp fiction, comic books and Texas weirdness, come into play. The best campy fiction in all of America? Probably.

Andrew M. Andrews
FLAMING ZEPPELINS

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES VOL. 5, THE LAST HIEROGLYPH:

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES VOL. 5, THE LAST HIEROGLYPH, by Clark Ashton Smith, ed. by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger. Night Shade Books (www.nightshadebooks.com), 2010, 370 pp., $39.99. ISBN 978-1-59780-032-7

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES is the last of five volumes to collect all of Smith’s tales. Included are works ranging from “The Dark Age” (April 1938) to “The Dart of Rasasfa” (July 1961).

Andrew M. Andrews