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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Big Head Press (June 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974381454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974381459
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The old cliché that it has to be seen in order to be believed definitelyi applies to this novel. As we learn in the opening pages, after Santa Ana was shot at the Alamo, history takes a vastly different turn. A hundred years later, something has happened in Roswell, TX. The President of Texas, Charles Lindbergh Jr., sends Wild Bill Bear to investigate with three Texas Rangers.

The United States, California, France, and Mexico also send agents, including pink-wearing Nazis, Madame Curie, and a host of other characters. The Pope is involved, an internal spy group in Texas keeps tabs on most of the players, and the mystery deepens when Bill Bear encounters the rancher in Roswell where events took place, a drop-dead gorgeous brunette from Tennessee, called Bettie.

... Historical characters blend seamlessly with fictional ones, and this has to be one of the funniest, most enjoyable alternative histories I have ever read.

--Anders Monsen, PROMETHEUS

From straight outta Round Rock's own Big Head Press comes this rollicking and thoroughly Texalicious misadventure involving spies, counterspies, extraterrestrials, cowboys, commandos, and bikini-clad sorority girls from the galaxywide territories of the University of Texas. Say what?

Say: It's an alternative history that begins with Davy Crockett surviving the battle of the Alamo, Texas remaining an independent republic, an alien spacecraft crashing in Roswell, and things getting weirder from there. Much, much weirder, with all manner of cameos from celebrities from our reality e.g., John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Gene Roddenberry, Marie Curie figuring strongly, in new guises, in an outlandish narrative that'll appeal to any pop-culture fans who like a bit of conspiracy theory sprinkled on top of their flakes of sci-fi goodness. Scott Bieser and Jen Zach's artwork, classic comic book rendering, effectively nails the tone and the times to each grayscale panel.

--Wayne Allen Brenner, The Austin Chronicle

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All most everyone in this story is a real person.
J D Skull
It combines both historical (and hysterical) figures and fictional characters to create a story that is amusing, thought provoking and just great fun.
Albert Perez
I really enjoyed reading it online at bigheadpress.com and decided to buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Albert Perez on June 8, 2008
Roswell Texas is a spin off from L. Neil Smith's Probability Broach series.
It combines both historical (and hysterical) figures and fictional characters to create a story that is amusing, thought provoking and just great fun. If you share Mr. Smith's political ideals you will love this book. If you don't, the adventure, humor, and just plain fun of this book will still make it worth your time.
By me this book's only fault is that it is a graphic novel instead of a text novel. Perhaps if enough of us buy this book it will convince some publisher to release a text version.
You will notice I emphasize the word fun in describing this book. It is in fact more than thirteen dollars worth of enjoyment. Any serious thought this book may provoke is value added to the fun offered. A perfect summer book (and winter, spring, fall book.)
enjoy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on June 23, 2008
Quick note: this story is NOT set in the North American Confederacy, but in yet another alternate world.

A fun series (I read it on-line) which tells of an Earth were Davy Crockett lived and Santa Ann didn't. And which Texas never joined the United Stated, but became a free proto-libertarian republic.

Many real people are used as the basis for several characters, as the agents of several foreign governments (US, Canada, Third and a half Reich, Vatican-in-exile, Rep of California, Franco-Mexican Empire, etc) invade Texas to find out what crashed there. Part of the fun is figurating out who is who in this story.

Hope at some point they publish a full color reprint, instead of gray scale, prehaps with added info on who is who...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek A. Benner on October 14, 2008
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Imagine an Earth where Texas stayed out of the Union, where California truly became a "Magical Kingdom" - complete with President Walt Disney - where it was Laurence of Albania, not Arabia, where Malcom X stay Malcom Little - and became a Texas Ranger. Yes, in Roswell, Texas, all this happens! And we find out the source of the Grays as well as just who was piloting the Roswell Saucer.

Don't miss this read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BT xpress on September 1, 2008
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Lneil and co have put together a great alternate universe tale of what having freedom is all about...something not recognized in today's environment...I've read about all of his books and really really enjoy the theme behind the story...the humor is dry and witty...keep them coming sensei!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 8, 2010
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Everyone above has already described it well. The best cast of characters ever. I often laughed at the sets and who was cast as whom. The more SciFi you have read the more you'll like this. Many send-ups of SciFi cliches.

One complaint, it is printed in black & white. I would have gladly paid a few dollars more for color. I originally read the story on line and it was in color which made it more enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Weiss on July 7, 2008
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Ya ready for a rocking ride, pohdnah? "Roswell, Texas" is a story by L. Neil Smith and Rex May that will leave you breathless. The fact that it is a graphic novel lusciously drawn by the incomparable Scott Bieser (with coloring by Jen Zach, although this is a black and white book) only means you get to *see* what the dickens L. Neil Smith's alternative history is like - and you will be amazed! Davy Crockett survives the Alamo, and as a result the Republic of Texas remains an independent nation (much larger than current Texas). President Charles Lindburgh sends his emissaries Wild Bill Bear, Malcolm Little, Meir Kahane, and Judah Benjamin Rockwell out west to investigate the 1947 crash landing of - something. Meanwhile, the Republic of California President for Life Walter Elias Disney sends his representative, Col. Mike Morrison, to do the same. Of course, the Americans, the British, and the Franco-Mexican Empire all follow suit! Get the picture? A rollicking ride through the Wild West that never was (but maybe is?), "Roswell, Texas" finds L. Neil Smith back in top form. And oh yeah - did I mention the aliens, the scantily-clad ladies, and the gun-toting smart aleck Amber-Rose Bierce? Half the fun is figuring out who is being lampooned (Mike Morrison is obviously The Duke, John Wayne) and the other half is turning the page to see what's coming next. Highly Recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Davis on October 8, 2008
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L. Neil Smith's last book I read, The Probability Broach, was exciting and gave someone what a dyed in the wool libertarian society could look like. The colored graphics was pleasing and engaging. Roswell, Texas is simply not as good in terms of story and graphics which is strictly black and white. Still worth reading but if you were to choose one, choose The Probability Broach.
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L.Neil Smith can tell a story, and then some! Put him in with a competent artist, as in this case, and it only gets better! This is the story of what really happened at Roswell in 1947 (but not OUR Roswell) and not exactly as one might imagine. One of Neil's greatest talents is in finding the humor in odd situations and making the reader laugh with him, and this book is no exception. The only flaw I found was that my copy came with a black-and-white interior as opposed to the excellent color in his previous graphic novel, 'The Probability Broach,' adapted from his debut novel of the same title.
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