- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Baen (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147678213X
- ISBN-13: 978-1476782133
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and a Hugo-nominated editor of adult and children's speculative fiction. His debut science fiction novel was The Worker Prince, which received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble’s Year’s Best SF of 2011, and was followed by sequels The Returning and The Exodus. His children's books include 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter—Land Of Legends. Schmidt has edited edited anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun, Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, Galactic Games, and, with Jennifer Brozek, coedited military high fantasy original anthology, Shattered Shields. Schmidt hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Chat) Wednesdays at nine p.m. ET on Twitter.
Robin Wayne Bailey is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He’s the past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is a cofounder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Hall of Fame. The SF Hall of Fame merged in 2004 with Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Enterprises in Seattle and became part of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Robin continues to serve on its annual induction committee. Bailey graduated from North Kansas City High School, and received a B. A. in English and Anthropology and a M. A. in English Literature from Northwest Missouri State University. In addition to his work as an editor, Robin's works include Shadowdance, the Dragonkin trilogy, the Frost series, the Brothers of the Dragon series and Swords Against the Shadowland, among many other novels and stories.
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There are some themes that recur (for instance, the idea that aliens learn what they know of Earth from our television transmissions or aliens who think looking like cats will help them conquer the Earth), but even so the stories are very individual. Some are gut-laugh funny, others are whimsical. Some are subtle, some are slapstick.
To mention a few favorites:
"Little Green Guys" by K.C. Ball. Given my love for "Guys & Dolls" and for Damon Runyon in general, how could I not love this Runyon-esque Roswell alien landing story? Really, how could I not wish I had written it? Absolutely my favorite story in the anthology. Great voice, great fun.
"Stuck In Buenos Aires With Bob Dylan On My Mind" by Ken Scholes starts out as a "shipwrecked" type of tale, with music as the tool that crosses cultural divides -- almost too well. Again, great voice, great subtle jokes, and a bit of a heart-tugger.
"School Colors" by Seanan McGuire. This is not the first story McGuire has written featuring the Johnson's Crossing Fighting Pumpkins Cheerleaders, but it might now be my favorite. Cheerleaders from Earth versus cheerleaders from an alien world? Cool.
"A Fine Night For Tea and Bludgeoning" by Beth Cato. Victorian setting, confused aliens, and proto-roller-derby of a sort. Again, another great character voice. Cato is fully in her element.
"Big White Men -- Attack!" by Steven H. Silver gives us a look at the Armstrong/Aldrin moon landing from a very different, and much closer-to-the-ground, perspective. Fun.
I could go on: every story in the book has something to recommend it. Definitely worth seeking out!
I learned of the anthology when Martin Shoemaker read his short story "Meet the Landlord." In it, humans have colonized Mars and 30-some years after that "Martians" show up looking for back rent. It was hilarious. Most of the stories were funny, although in "First Million Contacts" the joke was on the humans. In every anthology, there's a story that's the exception to the rule, which in this case was Steven H. Silver's "Big White Men - Attack!" in which the green dust kicked up by Armstrong an Aldrin on the moon isn't dust at all.
This is the third anthology that I've read which was assembled by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, and I've enjoyed them all. Schmidt is becoming a mark of quality for me, and I recommend his stuff.
My favorite stories included "School Colors" by Seanan McGuire, "First Million Contacts" by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Alex Shvartsman, "Stuck in Buenos Aires with Bob Dylan on My Mind" by Ken Scholes, "A Cuppa, Cuppa Burnin’ Love" by Esther M. Friesner, "Day of the Bookworm" by Allen M. Steele, and "A Fine Night for Tea and Bludgeoning" by Beth L. Cato. These are just my favorites, though. With only a couple exceptions, I loved all the stories in this anthology, and the two I didn't love were still good.