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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; First Edition edition (August 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812572289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812572285
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tall tales...fine and funny...A significant achievement!" --Houston Post

"If one were given the task of creating Spider Robinson from scratch, the best way to do it would be to snatch James Joyce from history, force-feed him Marx Brothers films and good jazz for the better part of a decade, then turn him loose on a world badly in need of a look at itself." --Vancouver Sun

About the Author

Spider Robinson, winner of three Hugos and a Nebula, was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, and has been a Canadian resident for 30 years. Holder of a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York, he worked as a folksinger and journalist before publishing his first story in Analog in 1973. He now lives with his wife Jeanne Robinson (co-author of the Hugo- and Nebula-winning Stardance trilogy) on an island outside Vancouver, B.C., where they raise and exhibit hopes.

Eleven of his 31 books are set in Callahan's Place, a fabulous tavern founded by a time traveler, where puns flow as freely as beer, and smell far worse. The most recent is Callahan's Con [Tor July 2003]. He has contributed a regular editorial column, "Future Tense," to Canada's national newspaper, The Globe & Mail, since 1995. In 2000, he released Belaboring the Obvious, a CD of original music with the legendary Amos Garrett ("Midnight at the Oasis") on lead guitar, and in 2001 he was a celebrity judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.

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If you dont know Spiders work..
William T.
There is very little profanity in the Callahan's Place stories.
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Stories and enjoyable and funny.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2003
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Robinson's Callahan books are always emotional wringers, and though this is not restricted to Callahan stories, the others also have that same empathy. You may see some of the same stories (Fivesight, God is an Iron) elsewhere, but in this collection they also come with anecdotes and a bit of explanation that can be as entertaining as the stories themselves. I highly recommend it, not least because it is ideally structured to read in small doses, and so can fit into a busy schedule!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on May 29, 2009
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In general, I love the Callahan's Saloon series of books, as well as the related "Lady Sally" books. I confess that I do believe that I loved them MORE 20 years ago than I do now, but while they no longer have the same power to thrill me that they did when they could surprise me, and when I was a callow youth easily impressed, I generally still enjoy them. I distinctly remember finding this a superb read the last time I read it, to say nothing of the first time I read it.

So having just re-read it for the first time in years, I find myself somewhat baffled by the fact that I'm seriously disappointed in it. For one thing, there are only four very short "Callahan's Place" stories in it; the rest of the book, thin as it is, is filled in by random short stories, essays, and commentary on the various bits. It is transparently a weak attempt to fill in enough words to justify publishing a book when Robinson really didn't have the material handy to do so because his publisher had given him an advance and was demanding a return on his money. I sympathize, but that doesn't make the book worthwhile.

What's more, while the four Callahan's stories are perfectly serviceable, they aren't spectacular enough to carry the book by themselves, and of the other material, the only piece worth reading is "God Is An Iron". (Which just happens to be my all-time favorite Spider Robinson story, and may explain my previously elevated impression of this book, and is the only reason that I give it three stars instead of one or two.) I could certainly have done without the 26 page lecture on why we should all worship at the feet of Robert A. Heinlein, who I generally consider to be an adequate author, vastly overrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigBearBrian on September 29, 2012
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Overall, I enjoyed the book as much as 30 years ago when I first read Spider's work. However, due to the way that the story "Mirror, Mirror, Off The Wall" was rendered (as images, to preserve the 'mirror' characters), several lines are missing on the bottom of each page (checked on Android tablet and Windows Phone 7). Here's hoping Amazon will fix that content for five stars
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By Robert Adler on May 30, 2014
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If any of you have read Spider Robinson's Callahan series( and you can not call yourself a serious SF reader without doing so) , you will appreciate that he has taken some of the ideas/theories and expanded them into a collection of stories creating new "people" and adventures to expand the colleciion of possibilities from his unbelievable mind of boundless universes. Enjoy1
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By Mike Latta on December 30, 2013
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What more do you need to say?
Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased. Thus we refute entropy. Heinlein would be proud.
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The reason this book scored so low is the downright serious taking both the Lord Jesus Christ's and God's names in vain and the profanity in the stories that weren't Callahan's Place.

The cover picture has nothing to do with the stories in the book. The aliens are not in the book. You might say one of the ones on the cover is in a story, except he is drawn as an alien instead of a human. The lady is very sad, not happy. The other humans, unless I missed someone, do not look like anyone in the book.

60% of the short stories in this book are written for Callahan's Place(Bar) where "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased". Many strange things happen at Callahan's Place including a time traveler story and a someone coming into this continuum from another one. There is very little profanity in the Callahan's Place stories.

There is one great chapter (IMHO) about the affect that R.A.H. (Robert A. Heinlein's) short stories and novels have had on people and the world in general. He is my favorite science fiction author.

Since it would be impractical to get the Robert A. Heinlein's chapter copies right two sided, and get them collated right, let alone the Callahan's Place also,

Since I do not want to reread the taking both the Lord Jesus Christ's and God's names in vain, which I would have to do to find which non-Callahan's Place chapter to avoid I am going to use a Sharpie® on the front cover to say read only the R.A.H. chapter and the Callahan's Place chapters.
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By William T. on October 2, 2013
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If you dont know Spiders work.. this is a Great place to start....
a great collection of Spider storys and I would Recomend it to everyone
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Spider Robinson has been around awhile, but he's a new favorite of mine. The stories in this collection are all great, but I gave it only four stars because they aren't all "Callahan's Place" stories. Aw, heck, it's all five-star material even if a couple of the non-Callahan's stories aren't filled with puns.
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