October Books 16) Alternate Worldcons

16) Alternate Worldcons, ed. Mike Resnick

Not really a lot to say: a short anthology of very short stories about fantasised Worldcons. Also a moving poem about fans in a war zone by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. A couple of recurring themes: the impact of Star Trek is given grudging acceptance in two stories, and Mike Resnick and the (presumably fictional) Jerry Phipps are recurring characters. Picked it up cheap at Octocon and probably got my money’s worth.

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1 Response to October Books 16) Alternate Worldcons

  1. hfnuala says:

    Nora Roberts is lovely on line but her stuff is so formulaic and the one set in Ireland I’ve read was terrible – Houses on St Stephens Green with a front garden, that sort of thing. In fact, I don’t think I managed to finish it. I can stomach her US based ones as I don’t know the settings enough to get that uncanny valley feeling.

    She often has witches, magic and reincarnation in her books, but I’d never call them fantasy – not even paranormal romance. The meet cute, misunderstanding, hot sex and HEA are all important and everything else is window dressing.

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