- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: BenBella Books; 1st BenBella Books Ed edition (December 11, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932100377
- ISBN-13: 978-1932100372
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,660,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alternate Gerrolds: An Assortment of Fictitious Lives Paperback – December 11, 2004
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""David Gerrold proves that he can do all the things that made us love Heinlein's storytelling--and often better." --Orson Scott Card
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The Impeachment of Adlai Stevenson
The Kennedy Enterprise
Franz Kafka, Superhero
...And Eight Rabid Pigs
The Ghost of Christmas Sideways
A Wish for Smish
What Goes Around
The Fan Who Molded Himself
The Feathered Mastodon
The Seminar From Hell
Digging in Gehenna
So many stories to enjoy. Even if you've already bought a couple of these as Singles, I think it's still worth the price.
Meanwhile, Mike Resnick was producing a series of popular original anthologies called "Alternate [Whatever]" -- Presidents, Outlaws, Kennedys, Warriors, you name it -- and David Gerrold had a story in every one of them. All of Gerrold's contributions are collected here, along with work from other anthologies, and while they're not of equal quality, some are pretty good.
My favorite, I think, is "The Kennedy Enterprise," about what happened after Shatner and Nimoy got the ax and Robert Kennedy, the head of MGM, gave his older brother a role on the show. He gets in a few nicely placed jabs at Reagan, too. "The Seminar from Hell" is another good one, about the pitch the Opposition might make for your soul if you went to hear their motivational speaker. "The Firebringers" puts all the great leading men of 1940s Hollywood on the project of delivering the first atomic bomb in World War II. "Digging in Gehenna" is a straight science fiction adventure, almost the only one here, and also a good read.
On the other hand, "Franz Kafka, Superhero!" is kind of dumb, frankly, and "The Ghost of Christmas Sideways" didn't make a lot of sense. "Rex" took an interesting idea and kind of beat it to death. So, while, there's some good stuff here, it's not really a showcase for the best of Gerrold. I think you'll have to hunt up some of his earlier longer work for that.