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The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures by Mike Resnick
reviewed by David Maddox
Stories about the future, where we're going, how we get there, and whether the journey was a good idea in the first place have been written and suggested since man came to the understanding that there WAS something that would happen 'later.' Over the centuries, some stories have taken a positive outlook, but the most intriguing are those that present us a dark tone of warning, and few manage to write them as consistently captivating as Mike Resnick.

Keepsakes Keepsakes by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Trent Walters
The narrator and Jebediah Burke are galactic policemen on the trail of the Star Gypsies, mysterious aliens who will save any desperate being -- human or otherwise -- from their circumstances. For instance, they'll fix your stardrive if you're stranded and can't make it to your daughter's graduation and, you think, you'd give anything to be there. Their prices are far below what you'd think you should have to pay. But they also want a small item of minor monetary value.

The Buntline Special The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
reviewed by D. Douglas Fratz
Steampunk technology from Victorian England, along with fantasy tropes like zombies and vampires, come to 1880s Arizona at the time of the OK Corral gun fight in a light-hearted mash-up that cannot help remind one of the Wild Wild West television show of the 60s. But the author also throws in vampires, zombies and Indian magic, along with many of the most famous real historical characters of that era.

Stalking the Vampire Stalking the Vampire by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Michael M Jones
It's All Hallow's Eve in the bizarre alternate Manhattan where private detective John Justin Mallory has established himself over the past few years. He and his partner, the renowned hunter Winnifred Carruthers, are looking forward to the festivities. That is, until Mallory discovers that someone of a vampiric persuasion has been snacking on Winnifred, and said someone turns out to be her recently-arrived nephew. Well, that sort of thing just won't do.

Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Steven H Silver
When many authors want to explore how different decisions would have played out, they turn their attention to alternate history. The author has taken a different tack with Kilimanjaro, the follow-up to Kirinyaga. Set in the same universe a century later, Kilimanjaro has studied the errors of Kirinyaga so they can avoid the pitfalls Koriba led his society through. Despite their close study, the Kilimanjarans find themselves facing many of the same issues without a plan of action.

Stalking the Vampire Stalking the Vampire by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Tammy Moore
In the second Fable of Tonight series John Justin Mallory is still living in the alternate Manhattan. It has been nearly a year since the events in Stalking the Unicorn and things are looking up for John Justin. He still doesn't have his Velma, but he does have a loyal partner in Colonel Winifred Carruthers, a thriving detective agency, an office cat-person and a magic mirror. There's not much more a Manhattan gumshoe could ask for.

Stalking the Unicorn Stalking the Unicorn by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Tammy Moore
John Justin Mallory is a down-on-his-luck Private Investigator who is seeing the New Year in with a bottle of booze and a pocket full of regrets. The main one is Velma, the lush-bodied, loyal secretary who never was, but he has also been evicted from his apartment and been left to take the heat for a blackmailing scheme run by his ex-partner before he debunked with John Justin's wife. The knee-breakers are outside waiting for him and there's a sure loser waiting for him to bet on it at the track.

Starship: Pirate Starship: Pirate by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Paul Raven
In this sequel to Starship: Mutiny, former Republic Navy Captain Wilson Cole and his crew are forced into going on the run into the lawless Inner Frontier of the galaxy. The Navy is embroiled in a war with the Teroni Federation, and doesn't have the spare resources to chase after an ageing ship with a half-complement of crew. And Cole can't take the Theodore Roosevelt into Republic space to find the next batch of fuel or shipment of food. As the title implies, piracy is the obvious answer.

Starship: Mutiny Starship: Mutiny by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
Commander Wilson Cole is witty, arrogant, sarcastic, entertaining as hell and almost always right. The book is filled with potshots at the military, particularly dealing with internal politics and public relations. It's also the story of a war hero, hated by his superiors, loved by the public; a man demoted for his success at ignoring stupid orders in order to save the day. Wilson Cole carries his mantle brilliantly, a soldier fighting the "bad guys," while trying to avoid being hamstrung by his superiors.

Dragon America Dragon America by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The book opens in the middle of the American Revolution as George Washington is trying to figure out how to finally defeat the British. To this end, he has sent tracker Daniel Boone into the interior to attempt to form an alliance with the Shawnee. Although Shawnee chieftain Black Fish rejects Boone's offer, he does provide Boone with two companions, the runaway slave Pompey and the Shawnee Grey Eagle, as well as a quest. There are rumors that somewhere out west there are dragons.

A Hunger in the Soul A Hunger in the Soul by Mike Resnick
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Although probably not Resnick's primary purpose in writing this story, the similarities between Stanley's search for Livingstone in Africa and Markahm's search for Drake in this novel are enough to make any reader want to research the historical expedition.

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