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Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede Mass Market Paperback – December, 1992


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); 1st edition (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380718766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380718764
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A salesman flees from the authorities when supernatural events point to him as the interpreter of Buddy Holly's second coming. Intelligent, moving entertainment.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

When televisions worldwide begin broadcasting a nonstop, noninterruptible live performance by Buddy Holly purporting to originate somewhere in the vicinity of Jupiter, Oliver Vale--the apparent object of the broadcasts--finds himself drafted for a mission so secret that even he is not sure of its purpose. Denton ( Wrack and Roll , Warner, 1986) fills this supremely funny novel with warring space aliens disguised as humans, a robot dog, a psychopathic assassin, an overzealous psychologist and her jealous husband, a motorcycle gang, and a messianic televangelist--all to prove that rock 'n' roll never really died. A good supplementary purchase for most general fiction and sf collections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cory Doctorow cited it as one of the great books he was handing out in his early days in the bookstore.
Eric J. Juneau
At any rate, fans of classic rock'n'roll who also enjoy brilliant science fiction will love Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede.
Randy Gibson
His secondary characters are well-developed and the reader might appreciate a couple of them even more than the main character.
Lydia Ash

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lydia Ash on June 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like a healthy dose of humor (and not a little music history) injected into your SF, I highly recommend Mr. Denton's 1992 Campbell Award-winning novel.

Denton makes the reader care about an imperfect, psychologically flawed protagonist who, by the end of the novel, reaches a remarkable (but not unrealistic) level of satisfaction and self-awareness. His secondary characters are well-developed and the reader might appreciate a couple of them even more than the main character.

Denton addresses a number of issues: the influence of television and passive entertainment on society, religion vs. morality, and the dangers of blindly siding with one point of view. He gives the reader something to think about, but doesn't preach or beat the reader over the head with his opinion.

Specific human interests allow "Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede" to be engrossing, compassionate, and entertaining. Denton's love of music, dogs, and motorcycles is enough to touch the reader, even if that particular affection is not something shared in common.

This title is no longer in print (unjust world!), but it's most certainly worth the effort to find a used copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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Although my generation is much more rcent than the rock and roll legends of this book, I found the novel entertaining, exciting, suspensful, and with a great sense of humor. Even rock-and-roll fans, if not sci-fi fans, should read this treasure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy Gibson on February 9, 2005
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I was born and raised about 10 miles from where Bradley Denton went to high school and that location in Kansas is the scene of the climax in this extremely funny and bizarre SF novel. Denton is a brilliant writer, simply put. He creates believable characters with whom it is incredibly easy to empathize, then places them in extremely surreal and unimaginable situations. The result is a modern nod to Heinlein with humor and violence running hand-in-hand to point out the foibles and hypocrisy of modern society. These themes are common in all of Denton's novels and short stories, but this particular book brings it home in a much funnier story. Of course, the impact of the book is even stronger when some of the action literally travels down a street you grew up on and comes to a climax in the local drive-in theater where you spent many a hot summer night as a youth. At any rate, fans of classic rock'n'roll who also enjoy brilliant science fiction will love Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede. Bring the popcorn!
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Brad Denton's homage to Buddy Holly is a wild ride with aliens and rock and roll. I'm of an age to remember Holly when he was still alive. I was a big fan of his music. But Denton gives me more information on rock and roll of that era than I ever knew. He also gives the readers aliens like you've never seen in a story that moves from Kansas to Texas and back again. The humor is neither forced nor overwhelming as in so many pieces of humorous fiction. The characters are people you wouldn't mind meeting -- well, except for a few. People and the countryside come alive. Many of its themes, like religious bigotry and overwhelming bureaucracy, are very pertinent today. When you finally finish, you will be sorry and glad that you won't have any more nights of staying up 'til midnight or 1 a.m., too engrossed to stop.
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A prospective reader should understand that this is a work of genre fiction, even a work of sub-genre fiction. If you don't care for humorous science fiction, you're not likely to enjoy this book. That said, the characterization of Oliver Vale, the protagonist, is strong and empathetic, and the plot is established by truly original developments. One almost can't help but feel sorry for this man, raised by a mother who had suffered so much, forced into the center of a global aliens-and-reincarnation crisis.

That said, the characters other than Oliver Vale are paper-thin and the resolution (which I won't reveal here) is conventional, so four stars only from me.
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I really enjoyed this book when I read it in the early 1990s. So much so that I've read it twice since then. (Although one factor, I confess, is that the work has a very interesting structure that I, as a writer, wished to study. --But don't worry about that. Unless you're a writer, you probably won't even notice.)

I do not normally read books more than once.

However, if you do like this book, the author is giving away free PDFs of this work at his website. Might as well take advantage if you wish. (I believe his motive is to promote the movie people are trying to make based on the novel.)
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