True Review
Current Issue Number 77 Vol.20  March 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAME CHANGERS

GAME CHANGERS:

GAME CHANGERS: The Greatest Plays in PennState Football History, by Lou Prato. Triumph Books (www.triumphbooks.com), 2009, 158 pp., $24.95. ISBN 978-1-60078-259-6

I’m a Temple graduate but my father, Andrew L. Andrews, was a 1953 graduate of PennState. (More on that in “Sportswriter,” in the February 2005 issue, True Review 59).

So in honor of Dad, I was in the stadium in October 2004, when PennState played Iowa, a team that was as bad as PennState, if not worse. The final score was 6-4 and it wasn’t even that close. It looked like both teams were sleepwalking only to wake up and play at the end of the day. PennState’s only score was two safeties. Iowa scored two field goals. I was expecting Rod Serling to appear in the corner of the end zone with a cigarette, announcing the Twilight Zone now had two professional football teams: PennState and Iowa.

There was a moment (after Serling disappeared in the fog) when PennState defenders intercepted a ball in the red zone. The Blue could score after all! I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I started shouting: "Kick a field goal now, before it’s too late!" And the inevitable stumbling ineptness of the “offense” kicked in. PennState got called on so many penalties they were backed out of field goal range, and then had to punt it back. (Incidentally, the field goal would have been enough to win, 7-6.) It was the worst game I had ever seen. Sorry, Dad.

You won’t see this story in TIME CHANGERS though. TIME CHANGERS recalls only the best memories, such as Kerry Collins’ quarterbacked team of 1994, the best team in their history. Collins incidentally is on the cover.

There are endless accounts from coaches and players, including a foreword by former quarterback Todd Blackledge (a starter for 32 games from 1980-1982). He’s the guy who helped PennState win the 1983 Sugar Bowl against Georgia, giving PennState their first national championship

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