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"Rory Harper's sensibility is warm, earthy, whimsical, cleverly off-center, and, when he wants it to be, bawdy as all get out ... Petrogypsies is a blue-collar, red-neck world where folks sweat and love and work and get hurt ... Petrogypsies has got to be one of the most auspicious debuts of the year." --Ed Bryant, Locus Magazine

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Rory Harper is a fragile, elderly Texas writer who no longer drives a car. That's because his Shadow 750 ACE motorcycle gets amazing gas mileage, will go faster than most cars, and is also a babe magnet. A deeply religious man, he regularly worships at the altar of the sainted Leo Fender. He possesses half a dozen of St. Fender's sacred relics. Along with Bradley Denton, Steve Gould, Martha Wells, and almost every other Texas writer, he played in the semi-legendary Los Blues Guys blues-rock band, which consistently damaged the hearing of fans at numberless science-fiction conventions during the Nineties. He currently plays lead guitar in the not-yet-semi-legendary Two-Headed Baby blues-rock band. He's had stories published in half of the s-f magazines in existence. Along with other writers more famous than he is, he currently contributes cranky essays, music (which can be freely downloaded), and flash fiction to the semi-legendary group blog at Eat Our Brains. As is readily deduced from the blog's name, he is a zombie freak. He plans to film the music video for his recent song, "Fast Zombie Blues." Rory is the author of Petrogypsies, published by DarkStar Books in Fall 2009, and is working on two sequels, Sprocket Goes International and Sprocket Goes Interstellar. He's halfway through writing the first sequel, also to be published by DarkStar. Unless it's awful. He owns two cats, but isn't gushy about it. He has two tattoos, which he will show you on request. The first one was done by his only known daughter, Rachael, and it's really cool.

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  • Perfect Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DarkStar Books; 2nd edition (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981986617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981986616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,927,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhys M. Blavier on January 24, 2010
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There is something comforting about reading literature by people from your own region; at least, as a Texan, I find that to be true. Maybe those from Mississippi feel this way when they read the works of Faulkner, maybe they don't, but I love to read books by Texans... especially Texas science fiction and fantasy. When you think of the states that are the homes of "legendary" writers of the genre, Texas might not be the place that comes to your mind, which is your loss, but it has a long and proud history of steady contributions of great work by authors that are smart, knowledgeable, unique and just plain fun to read. Rory Harper is a worthy member of that fraternity and his new book, Petrogypsies is a worthy addition to that body of literature that Texas can proudly claim as her own.

There is realness about Texas science fiction and fantasy. Maybe it's dark and heavy, like Tom Reamy's brilliant and haunting novel, Blind Voices, or maybe it is light-hearted and fun like the Lovecraft parodies of Bill Wallace and Joe Pumilia's fictional M. M. Momrath. Whatever it might be, it is original. Petrogypsies made me think of Blind Voices, with its slice-of-life mundane setting and its "everyday people" characters; not epic characters who are saving the Universe and fighting massive battles, but rather normal people who have a regular kind of job and work from day-to-day. Pterogypsies is light-hearted and humorous (not counting a vicious and surprising "murder in our midst"). It also made me think of David Drake's technique of crafting novels by stringing together self contained short-stories and novelettes in some of his Hammer's Slammers novels.

Texas science fiction writers are subversive, irreverent, and mischievous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1998
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A light fantasy, the most memorable aspect of which is the sheer originality of writing a book based around oil-prospecting using giant alien worms. The book follows the development of a young rural lad who joins up with a gang of prospectors and follows him through a string of adventures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hall on January 11, 2010
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A great little sci-fi that will keep you intrigued and entertained throughout. From sea monsters to bar fights and even some romance, this one has it all. A fun book to read, I highly recommend it.
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