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Witpunk by Claude Lalumière


by Claude Lalumière (Editor), Marty Halpern (Editor)

Other authors: Michael Arsenault (Author), Eugene Byrne (Author), Pat Cadigan (Author), Bradley Denton (Author), Paul Di Fillippo (Author)18 more, Cory Doctorow (Author), Jeffrey Ford (Author), Hiromi Goto (Author), Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Author), Ernest Hogan (Author), David Langford (Author), Laurent McAllister (Author), James Morrow (Author), Elise Moser (Author), Pat Murphy (Author), William Sanders (Author), Robert Silverberg (Author), Michael Skeet (Author), William Browning Spencer (Author), Allen M. Steele (Author), Ray Vukcevich (Author), Don Webb (Author), Leslie What (Author)

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This collection was supposed to "range in style from dark comedy to laugh-out-loud farce", but in point of fact only one of the 26 was funny (that being Hoffman's piece, of course). According to the preface, these stories are supposed to be an injection of fun into the specfic genre. Judged by that standard, this collection is a miserable failure. (Jeffrey Ford's ridiculous attempts at humor via run-on sentences and pulp fiction cliches are particularly fail-tastic.) That said, there were a few stories whose premise or execution set them above the rest.
What I liked:
James Morrow's fertility-obsessed dystopia in "Auspicious Eggs"
Nina Kiriki Hoffman's adorable revenge fantasy set in a Mad-Men like world, "Savage Breasts"
Pat Murphy's "The Wild Girls," another retread of the classic "two kids have an intense friendship that is not understood by the outside world, and explore the woods a lot" trope, but with the extra spice that the kids are girls

The best story in the collection was easily Laurent McAllister's "Kapuzine and the Wolf: a Hortatory Tale." Kapuzine and her older sister Maureen live in the suburbs, where the rebel Woodcutters have pushed back the greenery and the forests and restored mankind's supremacy over nature. As part of a Woodcutter scheme, Kapuzine is sent deep into enemy territory (the City, where Gardeners and their minions reign) with plasticine hidden in her basket of goodies. The world is fascinating, and the tale is told as though it were a legend used as propaganda many years thence. For this story alone, it's worth seeking out [b:witpunk|1822860|Witpunk|Marty Halpern|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1188840116s/1822860.jpg|1822517].
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Lalumière, ClaudeEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halpern, MartyEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arsenault, MichaelAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byrne, EugeneAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cadigan, PatAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Denton, BradleyAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Di Fillippo, PaulAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, CoryAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goto, HiromiAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoffman, Nina KirikiAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogan, ErnestAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, DavidAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McAllister, LaurentAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrow, JamesAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moser, EliseAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, PatAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanders, WilliamAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skeet, MichaelAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spencer, William BrowningAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steele, Allen M.Authorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vukcevich, RayAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Webb, DonAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
What, LeslieAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tippie, JoelCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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