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About the Author

Jay Lake is the author of the Mainspring and Green series from Tor, as well as several independent press novels and numerous short stories. In 2013, his steampunk novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie," was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatland Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972054774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972054775
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,213,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moles & Lake have done an incredible job on this collection of stories. They're all different lengths and styles, and I enjoyed every one. They deliver all the Stirring Adventure promised in the title, considerably better written than that might imply. Many of the stories pay homage to the 40's pulps, revisiting all of the good stuff; however, the book isn't limited to that era. In addition to splendid space opera, there's a fine ghost story, a David Brin what's-next-with-technology thriller, strange conspiracies among the apes in the zoo, and one surprise after another.

For example, David Levine's story "Love in the Balance" qualifies as dashing space opera, with lines like "Zenobia, prepare my zeppelin gun" but also has the description "He paced before the shuttered window, heedless of the books' shuffling and murmuring as they rearranged themselves alphabetically." The image of the books sorting themselves out on the shelves stays with me, but so do the ranks of zombie troops, and the affectionate ship. Lee Battersby's couple that restored their old house too accurately, huddled together for strength, is going to haunt me, too. Maybe it wouldn't worry me, if my house hadn't been built in 1911?

It's 19 all-new stories and one reprint -- Howard Waldrop's classic "You Could Go Home Again."
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Who hasn't gazed upward and hoped to catch a glimpse of a great airship being buffeted by the breeze? Sadly, experiences such as my grandfather had during his boyhood in Germany, when his teacher took his class on a field trip to the Cuxhaven Zeppelin base, are long gone. The romantic image of the great airships is explored in this collection of short stories. Like all collections, this one is uneven. There are time travel stories, alternate histories, cyberpunk tales and pastiches. For my money two of the best are Richard A. Lupoff's "The Jewels Of Lemuria" a loving valentine to heroes such as Doc Savage, The Shadow, and Clark Kent by way of H.P. Lovecraft.In "You Could Go Home Again " by Harold Waldrop imagines a very different fate for Thomas Wolfe and America in the 1930's. Equally compelling is the author's afterword detailing how he came to construct his prose.
On the other hand I do not get the appeal of David Brin, who crams his story with annoying (and illogical) ergot, like some adolescent who just discovered pig Latin. Jed Hartman's "The Last Of The Zeppelins" is nowhere near as humorous or as engaging as its author thinks it is. These quibbles however are minor. Nearly every story imparts a "sense of wonder." Folks read speculative fiction to be entertained and, just as importantly, to be made to think! These stories achieve those goals in spades. If you love Zeppelins or just want to recapture the wonder and romance of those bags of doped gas, this is the collection for you.
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A great collection of stories about Zeppelins- who could ask for more? A wide variety of story and writer styles. Fun and pulpy and lots of imagination on display. I have no idea why the Amazon tag line says this is for junior high school readers- Junior high was a LONG time ago for me, and I'm a pretty sophisticated reader, and I never felt like this was a kids book. Having said that, I would have loved to read this at that age, but it holds up nicely for adults too.
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