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Alternate Outlaws (1994)

by Mike Resnick (Editor)

Other authors: Barbara Delaplace (Contributor), Nicholas A. DiChario (Contributor), George Alec Effinger (Contributor), Gregory Feeley (Contributor), David Gerrold (Contributor)24 more, Jack C. Haldeman II (Contributor), John E. Johnston III (Contributor), Katharine Kerr (Contributor), Tappan King (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Geoffrey A. Landis (Contributor), James D. Macdonald (Contributor), Barry N. Malzberg (Contributor), Maureen F. McHugh (Contributor), Beth Meacham (Contributor), Jack Nimersheim (Contributor), Laura Resnick (Contributor), Frank M. Robinson (Contributor), Alan Rodgers (Contributor), Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Contributor), Michelle Sagara (Contributor), Robert Sheckley (Contributor), Janni Lee Simner (Contributor), Dean Wesley Smith (Contributor), Martha Soukup (Contributor), Allen Steele (Contributor), Judith Tarr (Contributor), Brian M. Thomsen (Contributor), Walter Jon Williams (Contributor)

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Series: Alternate Anthologies

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Judith Tarr, George Alec Effinger, Frank M. Robinson, David Gerrold, and other notable writers present a collection of entertaining science fiction tales in which the bad guys go legit and some of history's heroes take up a life of crime. Original.

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This collection is even less a real collection of alternate histories than other volumes in Resnick's Alternate series, but it is at least unchained to the cheap ironies and paradoxes of humanitarians and pacifists turned warrior like was.

Pride of place actually goes to David Gerrold’s “What Goes Around”. Charles Manson’s the subject here, still criminal, but a different sort of criminal. An alternate Harlan Ellison shows up under his pseudonym Cordwainer Bird.

The only real clue to the identity of the heroine of Beth Meacham’s “A Spark in the Darkness” is a back cover blurb about Helen Keller as a safecracker.

Thomas Paine lives a much shorter life, and dies in England, in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Common Sense”.

The James Gang goes straight and play a large role in early Hollywood westerns in Allen Steele’s “Riders in the Sky”.

Frank M. Robinson puts his knowledge of pulp and early science fiction history to good use with “One Month in 1907” which features Hugo Gernsback, affectionately known as “Hugo the Rat” by some early pulp writers.

Walter Jon Williams’ plays it straight in “Red Elvis”, the cover story. Nicholas A. DiChario’s “Giving Head” features Sigmund Freud trying to learn what makes the Red Baron so good at what he does.

Most of the rest of the stories are extended jokes, and I gazing at the table of contents again only brings back memories of a few after reading them only a couple of months ago. (And I can’t be bothered to go into the details of others.)

“Comrade Bill” from John E. Johnston III is about a certain ex-President. “Good Girl, Bad Dog”, from Martha Soukup, features a certain famous canine gone rogue.

As for the rest, well, I remember a lot of jokes but specifics have already faded from my mind in the less than two months since I read the book. ( )
  RandyStafford | Oct 4, 2016 |
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Resnick, MikeEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delaplace, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DiChario, Nicholas A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Effinger, George AlecContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Feeley, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerrold, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haldeman II, Jack C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnston III, John E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kerr, KatharineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, TappanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koja, KatheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landis, Geoffrey A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Macdonald, James D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malzberg, Barry N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McHugh, Maureen F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meacham, BethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nimersheim, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Resnick, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robinson, Frank M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodgers, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rusch, Kristine KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sagara, MichelleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheckley, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simner, Janni LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Dean WesleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Soukup, MarthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steele, AllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tarr, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomsen, Brian M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, Walter JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaw, BarclayCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Judith Tarr, George Alec Effinger, Frank M. Robinson, David Gerrold, and other notable writers present a collection of entertaining science fiction tales in which the bad guys go legit and some of history's heroes take up a life of crime. Original.

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Anthology contains:
  • Ma Teresa and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang / Jack C. Haldeman II
  • A Quiet Evening by Gaslight / Geoffrey A. Landis
  • A Spark in the Darkness / Beth Meacham
  • Common Sense / Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Literary Lives / Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
  • Saint Frankie / Laura Resnick
  • Good Girl, Bad Dog / Martha Soukup
  • Comrade Bill / John E. Johnston III
  • The Ballad of Ritchie Valenzuela / Maureen F. McHugh
  • One Month in 1907 / Frank M. Robinson
  • What Goes Around / David Gerrold
  • Red Elvis / Walter Jon Williams
  • Cui Bono? / Katherine Kerr
  • Cowards Die: A Tragicomedy in Several Fits / Judith Tarr
  • Black Betsy / Dean Wesley Smith
  • Miranda / Robert Sheckley
  • Riders in the Sky / Allen Steele
  • 2 with a Bullet / Jack Nimersheim
  • Learning Magic / Janni Lee Simner
  • The Crimson Rose / Tappan King
  • What She Won't Remember / Michelle Sagara
  • My Tongue in Thy Tale / Gregory Feeley
  • Souvenirs / Alan Rodgers And James D. MacDonald
  • Bigger Than U.S. Steel / Brian M. Thomsen
  • Giving Head / Nicholas A. DiChario
  • Satan Claus / David Gerrold
  • Shootout at Gower Gulch / George Alec Effinger
  • Painted Bridges / Barbara Delaplace
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