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Neal Barrett, Jr (1929–2014)

Author of The Touch of Your Shadow, the Whisper of Your Name

108+ Works 1,925 Members 35 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Neal Barrett, Jr. was born in San Antonio Texas on November 3, 1929. His first science fiction work, To Tell the Truth, appeared in a 1960 issue of Galaxy. His short stories include Perpetuity Blues, Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus, Stairs, Cush, and Radio Station St. Jack. His short stories have show more also been collected in several books including Slightly Off Center: Eleven Extraordinarily Exhilarating Tales, The Day the Decorators Came, and Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. His first novel, Kelwin, was published in 1970. His other novels include The Gates of Time, The Leaves of Time, Stress Pattern, The Karma Corps, The Hereafter Gang, Interstate Dreams, and Prince of Christler-Coke. He also wrote graphic novels, crime fiction, young adult fantasy novels, and a variety of franchise novels for series like the Hardy Boys, Judge Dread, Babylon 5, and Dungeon's and Dragons. He was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2010. He died on January 12, 2014 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Neal Barrett, Jr

Through Darkest America (1986) 140 copies
The Prophecy Machine (2000) 94 copies
Dawn's Uncertain Light (1979) 81 copies
Aldair in Albion (1976) 74 copies
Judge Dredd (1995) 69 copies
Aldair, Master of Ships (1977) 63 copies
The Hereafter Gang (1990) 61 copies
Stress Pattern (1972) 61 copies
Pink Vodka Blues (1992) 57 copies
Annihilation Factor / Highwood (Ace SF Double, 33710) (1972) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Karma Corps (1984) 48 copies
The Treachery of Kings (2001) 43 copies
Skinny Annie Blues (1996) 35 copies
The Leaves of Time (1971) 34 copies
Kelwin (1970) 31 copies
Dead Dog Blues (1994) 29 copies
Bad Eye Blues (1999) 25 copies
Prince of Christler-Coke (2004) 23 copies
Interstate Dreams (1999) 18 copies
Piggs (2001) 12 copies
Batman: The Ultimate Evil (Graphic Novel, Part 2) (1995) — Author — 10 copies
Barb Wire (1996) 9 copies
The Gates of Time (1970) 9 copies
Warrior's Revenge (1997) 9 copies
A Different Vintage (2001) 7 copies
Highwood (1972) — Author — 6 copies
Limo 5 copies
Way Out There (2004) 4 copies
Sallie C. 4 copies
Stairs 3 copies
Slidin' 3 copies
Highbrow 2 copies
Tony Red Dog 2 copies
Getting Dark [short story] — Author — 2 copies
Rhido Wars 2 copies
D.o.c.s. 2 copies
The River Beauty (1982) 2 copies
To Plant a Seed (1963) 2 copies
Hit 2 copies
Tourists (2004) 2 copies
Nightbeat (1975) 2 copies
A Walk on Toy (1971) 2 copies
The Sentorii Luggage (1960) 2 copies
Trading Post 1 copy
Dredd b (1995) 1 copy
At The Store 1 copy
Grünwelt 1 copy
Eating Crow 1 copy
Hard Times 1 copy
The Heart 1 copy
Hero 1 copy

Associated Works

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Contributor — 1,555 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993) — Contributor — 432 copies
Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 398 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection (1990) — Contributor — 281 copies
Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contributor — 261 copies
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contributor — 251 copies
Epoch (1975) — Contributor — 211 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contributor — 201 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1971 (1971) — Contributor — 180 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 152 copies
Razored Saddles (1989) — Contributor — 87 copies
Hard Looks: Adapted Stories (1996) — Adapter — 78 copies
Live! From Planet Earth (2005) — Introduction — 77 copies
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top (2012) — Contributor — 67 copies
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993) — Contributor — 52 copies
Flights: Extreme Visions Fantasy, Vol II (2006) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 24th Series (1982) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Silver Gryphon (2003) — Author — 42 copies
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contributor — 40 copies
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (1991) — Contributor — 39 copies
Supergirl Book One (2016) — Contributor — 36 copies
Dark at Heart (1992) — Contributor — 31 copies
Invaders! (1993) — Contributor — 29 copies
Omni Best Science Fiction One (1992) — Contributor — 25 copies
Isaac Asimov's Robots (1991) — Contributor — 23 copies
Rayguns Over Texas (2013) 22 copies
Impossible Monsters (2013) — Contributor — 22 copies
Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying (2010) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 35, No. 9 [September 2011] (2011) — Contributor — 13 copies
The New Frontier (1989) — Contributor — 11 copies
Portents (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
Thrilling Science Fiction, April 1975 (1975) — Contributor — 7 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 37, No. 12 [December 1963] (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 26/27: Unfit For Eden (2012) — Contributor — 4 copies
Science Fiction Eye #08, Winter 1991 — Contributor — 1 copy
Ten Tales (1994) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Barrett, Neal, Jr
Other names
Barrett, Neal Patrick, Jr. (birth name)
Birthdate
1929-11-03
Date of death
2014-01-12
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Place of death
Austin, Texas, USA
Places of residence
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Awards and honors
SFWA Author Emeritus (2009)

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Reviews

A likable story about on the level of a Star Trek episode. The characters are sort of shallow and the plotting is not too deep, but it gets the job done.

The theme is mostly about medieval scheming and fighting within a strict theocracy, taking place on another planet populated by humans and demons, some of whom can 'jump' (i.e teleport). There is a central sci-fi mystery that is slowly revealed as the story progresses and is solved pretty satisfactorily by then end, an ending that mostly works and ties everything up nicely.

Probably more like 3 stars, but I have to give credit for the thought out sci-fi mystery that follows through to the end.
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BoB3k | May 15, 2024 |
I didn't read the Andrew H Vachss novel, maybe I should? I got both part 1 and 2 for $5 at a discount bin.

In this story Batman seems so shocked about all things leading to child abuse. How is he shocked about this? It seems far fetched that a vigilante would be ignorant when it comes to child abuse. I will be reading volume 2 since I have it. The artwork isn't the greatest.
 
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Koralis | Jul 12, 2022 |
Batman is still beating up pedos and thinks that taking out one sleezy pedo ring overseas fixes everything. Mediocre artwork with an okay story. Glad its over with.
 
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Koralis | Jul 12, 2022 |
I purchased the Ace Double this appears in at a used book store for the Barrington novel, but was also happy to give this Barrett (an author previously unknown to me) novel a try. I would say that I enjoyed the first three-quarters of this book more than I expected, in that, despite a gratuitous early cross-species lesbian narrowly averted rape scene, the setting and its aliens were intriguing and even at times inspired, and that it offered an underlying mystery that left me curious. Unfortunately the ending was truly awful. I would recommend this only to those who are looking for an affirmation that, when the going gets tough, even the toughest of women collapse into a quivering pile of neediness desperate for a manly man to take care of their problems.… (more)
 
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clong | Sep 3, 2021 |

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