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Overview Presents a collection of collaborative short stories between Howard Waldrop and such authors as Leigh Kennedy, Steven Ultey, and Buddy Saunders.
Publishers Description "Story collaborations between cult figure Howard Waldrop and numerous other celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers are collected for the first time in this unique volume. One Horse Town breathes fresh life into an ancient tale, combining elements from the sack of Troy, Homers early days, the last day in the life of a Trojan warrior, and the archeological dig at Troy. In Custers Last Jump! the legendary Crazy Horse uses Confederate monoplanes in his famous battle against General Custer. A Voice and Bitter Weeping paints a grim postnuclear age where Israeli mercenaries fight Texans in a never-ending, hopeless war. Mystery, intrigue, and treachery abound in the Heian Japan setting of The Latter Days of the Law, where a clever man must find a lost prince. Each story features a riotously funny introduction by Waldrop and an afterword by the coauthor."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2003
Publisher Golden Gryphon Press
ISBN 1930846134 ISBN13 9781930846135
Availability 0 units.
More About Howard Waldrop & Leigh Kennedy
Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, and Going Home Again.
Howard Waldrop currently resides in Arlington, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Custer's Last Jump and Other Collaborations?
Not Free SF Reader Nov 5, 2007
A nifty little collection with mostly an alternate history flavour, with some SF thrown in as well, including the excellent Sun's Up!.
Each of these stories have Waldrop writing with someone else, and each story begins with an introduction by Waldrop and ends with an afterword by his writing partner, and these are quiet entertaining, and a bit more at length than the usual sort of authorial story note. So, some added value here, as far as that goes. Even George R. R. Martin sort of admitting his team-up story just may not be too good, which I suppose a forest killing star like him shouldn't feel too unsure of himself he can admit such things.
So, nice work all around on this book.
Custer's Last Jump : One Horse Town - Leigh Kennedy and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : Custer's Last Jump - Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : A Voice and Bitter Weeping - Buddy Saunders and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : Men of Greywater Station - George R. R. Martin and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : Willow Beeman - Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : The Latter Days of the Law - Bruce Sterling and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : Sun's Up! - A. A. Jackson and Howard Waldrop Custer's Last Jump : Black as the Pit from Pole to Pole - Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop
The stories in this collection are great, of course. Some are recently published, some have been sprung from the prison of time, and one, the long-rumored collaboration between Howard Waldrop and Bruce Sterling, has never been published previously. The title story is the one that changed the ground rules for writing alternate history. These are stories of ideas -- of complete profligacy with ideas -- of inventing forms, pushing their envelopes, and making the rest of the world sit up and take notice.
Howard's collaborators are among the people who made Austin a free-fire zone of SF ideas and original stories in the Seventies and Eighties: Bruce Sterling, Steven Utley, George R. R. Martin, Leigh Kennedy, Buddy Saunders, and astrophysicist Al Jackson. Howard says it's "thirty years of the True History of SF." Since he and Saunders were in the 7th grade together, and he and Martin first started corresponding in 1963, so I'd say Howard is shorting himself a decade there, but really, who's counting?
Excellent read! Feb 23, 2004
As always, Waldrop comes through, here in collborations with some of science fiction's brightest lights. Offbeat, well-researched and thought provoking. Well worth your time.
A dazzling display of literary imagination Jun 13, 2003
Compiled by Howard Waldrop (a renowned writer of deftly researched alternate-history stories and winner of both the Nebula and World Fantasy awards), Custer's Last Jump And Other Collaborations is an enthralling anthology of original short stories in which Howard Waldrop combined his talent with other skilled wordweavers such as George R. R. Martin, Bruce Sterling, and others. From a unique perspective on the saga of Troy; to a distant future in which Mankind is nearly extinct; to an alternate history when Crazy Horse uses Confederate monoplanes against Custer; Custer's Last Jump And Other Collaborations is a dazzling display of literary imagination, and a very strongly recommended read for science fiction fans enthusiasts everywhere.