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Robert Asprin (1946–2008)

Author of Another Fine Myth

231+ Works 45,885 Members 369 Reviews 89 Favorited

About the Author

Robert Lynn Asprin was born June 28, 1946 in St. Johns, Michigan to Daniel and Lorraine Asprin. Asprin attended the University of Michigan from 1964-65. In 1965, Robert served in the U.S. Army until mid-1966. Asprin then began a career as an accountant, moving up to cost accountant in a small show more subsidiary of the Xerox Corporation in Ann Arbor in 1976. In 1975, Asprin began working upon a science-fiction novel called Cold Cash War. Asprin sold this idea to St. Martin's Press and soon found himself a published writer. When other publishers approached him for a second novel, Asprin revealed that he had written up a draft of a comedy-fantasy work originally entitled The Demon and I, but they felt that he shouldn't stray far from the science-fiction of his first work. So Asprin began work on The Bug Wars. While working on The Bug Wars, Asprin was approached by Donning Publishing, and asked if he had a submission for their new publishing house, Starblaze. Asprin showed them The Demon and I, which Donning quickly accepted. At the last minute the title was changed to the familiar Another Fine Myth, which became quite popular. With that, Asprin quit his job and started his career as a fulltime freelance writer. Asprin wrote and edited over 50 books. He died of a myocardial infarction at home in his bed on May 22, 2008. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Robert Asprin

Another Fine Myth (1978) — Author — 2,430 copies
Myth Conceptions (1980) 1,945 copies
Myth Directions (1982) 1,822 copies
Myth-ing Persons (1984) 1,725 copies
Hit or Myth (1983) 1,711 copies
Phule's Company (1990) 1,689 copies
Little Myth Marker (1985) 1,661 copies
Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections (1987) 1,656 copies
M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link (1986) 1,589 copies
Thieves' World (1987) — Editor; Contributor — 1,562 copies
Phule's Paradise (1992) 1,411 copies
M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action (1990) 1,381 copies
Sweet Myth-tery of Life (1994) 1,201 copies
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980) — Editor; Contributor — 1,164 copies
A Phule and His Money (1999) 1,035 copies
Myth-ion Improbable (2001) 1,005 copies
Shadows of Sanctuary (1981) — Editor; Contributor — 957 copies
Storm Season (1982) — Editor; Contributor — 899 copies
Phule Me Twice (2000) 886 copies
Something M.Y.T.H. Inc. (2002) 870 copies
The Face of Chaos (1983) — Editor; Contributor — 820 copies
Myth Alliances (2003) 766 copies
Wings of Omen (1984) 683 copies
No Phule Like an Old Phule (2004) 646 copies
The Dead of Winter (1985) — Editor; Contributor — 618 copies
Myth-taken Identity (2004) 613 copies
Soul of the City (1986) — Editor — 575 copies
Blood Ties (1986) — Editor — 512 copies
Phule's Errand (2006) 494 copies
Class Dis-mythed (2005) 490 copies
Aftermath (1987) 469 copies
Myth-Told Tales (2007) 445 copies
Myth-Gotten Gains (2006) 430 copies
Time Scout (1995) — Author — 430 copies
The Bug Wars (1979) 428 copies
Uneasy Alliances (1988) — Editor; Contributor — 391 copies
The Cold Cash War (1977) 380 copies
Myth-Chief (2008) 357 copies
Stealers' Sky (1989) — Editor; Contributor — 352 copies
Dragons Wild (2008) 331 copies
Sanctuary (1979) 291 copies
Wagers of Sin (1996) — Author — 270 copies
License Invoked (2001) 249 copies
Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe (1979) — Author — 247 copies
Ripping Time (2000) 232 copies
Myth-Fortunes (2008) 219 copies
The House That Jack Built (2001) 208 copies
E. Godz (2005) 189 copies
Tambu (1979) 184 copies
Cross-Currents (3-in-1) (1982) 178 copies
Dragons Luck (2009) 169 copies
For King & Country (2003) 161 copies
Catwoman (1992) 145 copies
Myth Alliances (Omnibus) (1984) 131 copies
The Shattered Sphere (1968) — Editor — 124 copies
Dragons Deal (2010) 113 copies
Wartorn: Resurrection (2004) 94 copies
Myth Adventures One (1985) 93 copies
Myth Adventures (1983) 78 copies
The Price of Victory (1987) 73 copies
The Myth-ing Omnibus (1992) 72 copies
Thieves' World: First Blood (2003) 67 copies
Thieves' World Graphics: 1 (1985) 47 copies
Wartorn #2: Obliteration (2006) 42 copies
The Second Myth-ing Omnibus (1992) 40 copies
Duncan & Mallory (1986) 37 copies
Thieves' World Graphics: 3 (1986) 34 copies
Thieves' World Graphics: 2 (1986) 32 copies
Tales of the Time Scouts (2015) 27 copies
Thieves' World Graphics: 4 (1986) 26 copies
Thieves' World Graphics: 5 (1775) 26 copies
Thieves' World Graphics: 6 (1987) 24 copies
NO Quarter (2009) 16 copies
Three Faces of Asprin (2016) 13 copies
Der Bann der Magie (1992) 12 copies
Cold Cash Warrior (1989) 11 copies
Estranhos inimigos - 1 (1996) 4 copies
A companhia de Phule - 1 (1999) 3 copies
Phulova rota (1996) 3 copies
Thieves World 15mxpk (1984) 2 copies
The Asprin Wars SC (2007) 2 copies
Wanted: Guardian (1995) 2 copies
Tambil 1 copy
Storm Season 1 copy
Fine Myth 1 copy
The Bug Wars 1 copy
Myth Series-4v-Boxed (1986) 1 copy
Ripping Time 1 copy
Con Job 1 copy
Dragon's Run 1 copy
Nove mitkoncepcije (1994) 1 copy
MIFal'yansy (2006) 1 copy
Gleep's Tale 1 copy
The Capture 1 copy
Myth-trained 1 copy
Slave Trade 1 copy

Associated Works

The Blood of Ten Chiefs Vol. 1 (1986) — Editor, some editions — 348 copies
Festival Moon (1987) — Contributor — 315 copies
Usagi Yojimbo, Book 03: The Wanderer's Road (1989) — Introduction — 262 copies
Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear (1996) — Contributor — 217 copies
Forever After (1995) — Contributor — 210 copies
Smuggler's Gold (1988) — Contributor — 193 copies
Angels in Hell (1987) — Contributor — 118 copies
Dark Folk (1982) 26 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Asprin, Robert Lynn
Other names
Asprin, Robert L.
Birthdate
1946-06-28
Date of death
2008-05-22
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
St. Johns, Michigan, USA
Place of death
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
St. Johns, Michigan, USA (birthplace)
Education
University of Michigan
Occupations
author
Relationships
Abbey, Lynn (wife|divorced)
Organizations
United States Army

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Punny, funny lighthearted romp in fantasy setting. The majority of the book is built on character conversations because Asprin excels at witty banter and wordplay. The fast-paced story is fun and good for a weekday read. Definitely plan to read some more in the series.
 
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Ruskoley | 44 other reviews | Jun 15, 2024 |
Robert Asprin dropped out of the University of Michigan to join the Army in 1965. His military career lasted only a year, but the relationship between big money and the military became a recurrent theme in his fiction. His first novel, The Cold Cash War, has mercenaries engaging in laser tag while corporate executives plan assassinations. In Phule’s Company, his protagonist, Willard Phule, is the scion of an arms manufacturer who leads a company in an interstellar version of the foreign legion. He uses his wealth and conman’s ingenuity to build the confidence of a mixed bag of human and alien ne’er-do-wells.
Asprin may have been inspired by 1960s military satires like M.A.S.H. (1968), Catch-22 (1961), and Keith Laumer’s Retief stories. Phule, like his forebears, continues to entertain.
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Statistics

Works
231
Also by
9
Members
45,885
Popularity
#350
Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
369
ISBNs
503
Languages
14
Favorited
89

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