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Alien Pregnant by Elvis (1994)

por Esther Friesner (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)

Outros autores: Eluki bes Shahar (Contribuidor), John Gregory Betancourt (Contribuidor), Bruce Boston (Contribuidor), David Brin (Contribuidor), James Brunet (Contribuidor)29 mais, Greg Cox (Contribuidor), Kate Daniel (Contribuidor), John DeChancie (Contribuidor), David Drake (Contribuidor), Roger Dutcher (Contribuidor), George Alec Effinger (Contribuidor), Gregory Feeley (Contribuidor), Alan Dean Foster (Contribuidor), Laura Frankos (Contribuidor), Richard Gilliam (Contribuidor), Karen Haber (Contribuidor), Jeff Hecht (Contribuidor), Anthony Lewis (Contribuidor), Barry Malzberg (Contribuidor), Dennis McKiernan (Contribuidor), Thomas F. Monteleone (Contribuidor), Jody Lynn Nye (Contribuidor), Laura Resnick (Contribuidor), Mike Resnick (Contribuidor), Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Contribuidor), Josepha Sherman (Contribuidor), Dean Wesley Smith (Contribuidor), Allen Steele (Contribuidor), Mark Tiedemann (Contribuidor), Harry Turtledove (Contribuidor), David Vierling (Contribuidor), Lawrence Watt-Evans (Contribuidor), t. Winter-Damon (Contribuidor), Deborah Wunder (Contribuidor)

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My reactions to reading this collection in 1994. Spoilers follow.

”Introduction: Alien Pregnant By Elvis”, Esther M. Friesner -- Standard introduction, written in tabloid fashion of course.

”The Source of It All”, Dennis McKiernan -- A humorous story around an obvious idea for this theme anthology: that all those tabloid stories are based on the denizens of a very strange town.

”The Bride of Bigfoot”, Lawrence Watt-Evans -- Story about Bigfoot searching for a bride. Humorous but nothing special.

”Close-up Photos Reveal JFK Skull on Moon!”, Barry N. Malzberg -- A rather pointless story involving JFK (of course, it’s a Malzberg story), Marilyn Monroe, (both on the moon), Elvis (he faked his death and is an obscure entertainer), and a new mother at 102. To further puzzle its inclusions (other than its title which has little to do with its content) here, it isn’t even written in a tabloidish style though it has moments of wry humor.

”Marilyn Elvis, and the Reality Blues”, James Brune -- A clever story and well suited to this theme anthology. Protagonist Henry Kizmik lives in a tabloid world. Marilyn Monroe and Elvis live in his apartment (JFK stops in to see Marilyn every now and then). Atlanteans give stock market tips, and Hitler is a dj in Argentina. It’s a strange, irrational world, and that’s what bothers Kizmik. He’s trying to write an article – for this world’s alternative press – on logic and it’s uses. Kizmik is baffled by the irrationality of his world. His girlfriend just thinks he’s a conspiracy mongerer obsessed with theories of logic. He’s on the fringes of this world. A nicely done role reversal.

”Those Rowdy Royals”, Laura Resnick -- Absolutely pointless, unfunny story that think it’s enough to recast the history of King Henry II of England as newspaper articles. (July 8, 1994)

”My Husband Became a Zombie and It Saved Our Marriage”, Karen Haber -- This is a one joke story, and the joke is that of the Adams family movies – the aesthetics of everything are inverted. The protagonist lives in a town where tabloidish events are normal, and she is horrified by the aerobus glasses, hairdressers, and – especially – the Girl Scouts she finds in another town. Like the Adams Family, funny at times, but the illogical humor wears thin sometimes.

”Rock Band Conjures Satan as Manager – Group Claims ‘Good Business Move’”, Deborah J. Wunder -- The one joke (too long of a story at 5 pages) of this Faustian is revealed in the title.

”2,437 UFOs Over New Hampshire”, Allen Steele -- A good story (and probably the best one in this anthology) that puts Steele’s journalistic background to good use. In a certain sense, this story is not even fantasy or science fiction. It’s written in a straight-forward style, a piece of reporting that would not be out of place in many mainstream magazines. Steele matter of factly describes Giddings, New Hampshire, a town protected by its own air force, where several citizens are under around the clock surveillance, a town with an unusually robust interest in UFOs for Giddings is populated heavily with people who claim to be UFO abductees. They and their immediate families have relocated to Giddings where they are protected and supported by the wealthy and anonymous individual known as Number One. As many a good reporter would, Steele tells his story through a series of interviews and character sketches (with humor that would not be out of place in a journalism piece). There’s the ex-intelligence analyst who administers the Astra Trust activities Giddings, an artist and self-proclaimed UFO abductee, the ex-Brazilian Air Force captain who flies cover over Giddings, the gun-toting paranoid (and who bitches about that “bitch Marilyn … and her little friends”, the liberal conspiracy-mongeror from South Carolina who owns the town’s video store and doesn’t believe in UFOs, the ex-New York cop who patrols Giddings, and a couple that are very reminiscent of the Mitchells in the documentary Farewell Good Brothers. (They’re convinced the tv show The Invaders ripped off their story.) It’s a fun, thoughtful, very plausible seeming piece that has the ring of truth.

”Pulitzer Kills Publishing Maggot”, Mark W. Tiedemann -- An unremarkable story based on a joke from The Far Side (at least that’s where I first saw it): aliens coming to Earth to scare us for fun.

”Elvis at the White House”, Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- A story that tries unsuccessfully to be funny with a mixture of Elvis impersonators, the spirit of Elvis, and a psychic investigator trying to stop the murder of a child.

”De Gustibus”, Anthony R. Lewis -- A short, one joke story about cannibalism at Harvard and on Wall Street.

”The Number of the Beast”, Jeff Hecht -- A detailed, technical expansion of the conspiracy-mongeror notion (usually of certain Christians) that UPC barcodes could be tattooed on foreheads and palms to become the Mark of the Beast without which one can’t “buy or sell”. A good enough story for its use of a fairly old notion.

”Is Your Coworker a Space Alien?”, “Bob” bes Shahar -- A nicely done set of inversions and variations on one of the most famous and best tabloid stories of the same title. In this humorous story, the narrator works with a weird bunch of co-workers at a graphics company. But, to her, the weirdest character of all is Clifford Mutton-Jones. He eats his food (and his choices are normal) normally, knows all sorts of obscure bits of trivia, and dresses normally – in other words, the exact opposite of his co-workers. (The signs of being a space alien, according to the tabloid article, are eating food “wrongly”, not knowing certain “common” bits of knowledge, or asking about “Earth’s defenses”.) He reveals he’s an ethnographer studying space aliens and deliberately maintains his cultural distance by being a normal person. This leads to the narrator to wonder if she and her co-workers are normal or if reality – or, at least, the consensus view (Philip K. Dick is mentioned in the first paragraph of it – is changing. After all, enough scholars take Mutton-Jones seriously enough to grant a doctorate for his study and publish it.

”A Beak for Trends”, Laura Frankos -- A humorous story about a parrot who can read the newspaper put in the bottom of his cage, makes brilliant stock investments for his owner, and suffers some fatal stress when his worldview is shattered by new owners papering his cage with tabloids.

”Hitler Clone in Argentina Plots Falklands Reprise or Death and Transfiguration”, John DeChancie -- DeChancie takes a popular tabloid notion – that certain celebrities are still alive and plays it both for laughs and something more serious. The title alludes to the tabloid claim that Hitler advised the Argentineans in the Falklands War. Here, Hitler keeps calling newspapers with the news that he’s still alive. They never believe him. The celebrities, besides Hitler, are Jimmy Hoffa, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, the Perons, Elivs Presley, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe. Most of the story concerns these characters trying to decide what has happened to them. Are they kept alive by a longevity drug supplied by the mysterious Dr. Cabeza de Vaca who replaced their bodies with clones? Is the island they’re on heaven, hell, Asgard, Valhalla, or the Elysian fields? Are they charismatic archetypes that exist only in humanity’s mind? The ruminations on their status is not the main thrust of the story though. It is on the transfiguration of the title. While Marilyn Monroe has the same intellectual pretensions she always had, JFK has ceased being a politician and doesn’t follow world affairs. Hitler spends a lot of the story ranting about their coming back to rule the world. While he no longer justifies his rule on racial grounds (indeed, he has changed to the point where he sees himself as belonging to the “brotherhood” of man), he thinks they are an elite destined to rule the world. At the story’s most humorous and serious moments, Elvis Presley says “Jesus Christ, ‘Old ol’ Buddy. Ain't it about time you gave it a rest?” Hitler laughs at his pretensions, abandons them, and his transfiguration is complete. )

”Group Phenomena”, Thomas F. Monteleone -- Monteleone takes a couple of ideas (one, the fairly old idea that disasters happen in clusters; the second the fiction idea of tracking an immortal/alien via historical documentation – here old newspaper photographs) and combines them neatly. A newspaper reporter stumbles on the alien causing disasters and accidents for the last fifty years. He meets the alien who reveals a contempt for humanity analogous to how we view slugs. His race uses Earth to train its members in reality control. That part is intriguing and metaphysically scary but the end – where it is revealed that Earth will have a series of man-alien bar brawls – didn’t do much for me.

”Unextinctions”, Bruce Boston and Roger Dutcher -- Essentially this is a short, poetical exercise (actually it’s a prose poem but both authors are noted sf poets) in the old revenge-of-nature idea beloved by bad 1970s sf movies. Nature is put upon so extinct animals start showing up to cause trouble.

”How Alien He Really Was”, Bruce Boston -- A cross between a character sketch and a short story. This is one of those alien stories dedicated to showing how bad man is. Here an alien finds out, after almost a year, that the people who managed him and his ex-adoring public really were just interested in the novelty of his presence and not warm friendship.

”NASA Sending Addicts to Mars! Giant Government Coverup Revealed!”, Alan Dean Foster -- Humorous story involving astronauts taking marijuana on a trip to Mars to alleviate medical problems due to weightlessness and also to smooth out crew relations. The story ends with a pun on the “High Frontier”.

”Vole”, John Gregory Betancourt -- One of the few stories in this anthology that attempts a tabloid style -- here complete with a facsimile of a tabloid layout. The story concerns the marketing and sale of “animalform” modifications to human bodies, specifically the alterations marketed by D. Ferret.

”In Search of the Perfect Orgasm or Doing it with a Big Lizard Can Be Fun”, Dean Wesley Smith -- A bizarre and humourous tale that lives up to its fun title. This story juxtaposes a teenage girl's first sexual (in terms of being with someone) experience with Godzilla facing alien invaders. At the climax (in every sense of the word) of the story, an alien ray bounces off Godzilla and hits the girl as she has her “first real orgasm”. Her smile is permanently welded on her face. A weird conclusion. The only flaw I saw in the story given its object and subject matter is the headlines covering the Godzilla sections. They were a bit too self-consciously humorous and needed to try more for the “serious” tone of tabloid journalism.

”Savings Sam’s Used UFOs”, Kate Daniel -- Humorous story about a man who runs a thriving business with aliens trading cars for flying saucers. A reporter unfortunately stumbles on this and is deported with the aliens.

”Danny’s Excellent Adventure!”, Greg Cox -- A fun time travel story involving a renegade time traveler named Dan Quayle and his expunging from the time stream. He’s supposed to just observe our time (as one character notes, what better place to observe and not interfere than as Vice-President?).

”Royal Tiff Yields Face of Jesus!”, Esther M. Friesner -- An ok story set in a future where Britain's royal family has forcibly brought back paganism in England. The King tries to sacrifice the Queen (who holds on to Christianity) but is foiled by the Loch Ness monster. The faces of Elvis and Jesus (both have rarely used additional names) appear on certain objects.

”Magnetic Personality Triggers Nail-biter’s Near-death Ordeal!”, T. Winter-Damon, Special Correspondent -- A story which actually – unlike most in this anthology – takes the tabloid theme seriously. A metal eating man has a run-in with a giant electromagnet on a crane. It’s all narrated in good old boy, Southern style.

”They’d Never – “, Harry Turtledove -- A competent Turtledove story built on an obvious idea for this theme anthology: tabloid reporters actually meet a real version of the bizarrities they cover. Here aliens “take a sample” of humans at the offices of tabloid paper. As the aliens rightly predict, no one believes the account the two reporters abducted by the aliens write. However, through a limited telepathic contact during their abduction, the man and woman become aware of the other’s true affection for them and love ensues. A typical example of a craftsmanlike melding of large plot with a subplot of personal change.

”Loch Ness Monster Found – in the Bermuda Triangle!”, David Vierling -- Silly story about the Loch Ness monster on vacation.

”Racehorse Predicts the Future”, Josepha Sherman -- Humorous story about an alien inhabiting, much to its distress, the body of a horse. His predictive abilities are exploited by a man who keeps promising to free him from the horse and the disturbing efforts of its sex drive.

”Printer’s Devils”, Gregory Feeley -- Forgettable story about software causing problems at a tabloid.

”Cannibal Plants From Heck”, David Drake -- This story proves that Drake, better known for military sf, is versatile. It’s a detailed, well-done story about a man learning a lesson about priorities in life. A man obsessed with growing plants, certified plants thank you, largely ignores his daughter and her modest requests (for things like a basketball hoop). But, after an encounter with some nasty plants, supplied by a black man whom the man snobbishly snubs because his plants aren't certified, he pays his daughter more attention. (July 14, 1994)

”Psychic Bats 1000 for Accuracy”, Jody Lynn Nye -- Story written in a tabloid style about a fantastically accurate psychic who turns out to be a time traveler. It’s a funny story and my favorite prediction is “Scientists will figure out what cats … are really saying.” It turns out cats recite the chemical formulae for what they want. Dogs just demand food, water, and unviolated territory.

”Frozen Hitler Found in Atlantean Love Nest”, G__r G__n -- A rather incomprehensible story, if a plot with a conflict and resolution even exists in this piece. First, it’s written in a very poetical style using two elements: an Anglo-Saxon emphasis on alliteration and coined compound words and technology, and science described in poetical terms. Second, the full title – “Frozen Hitler Found in Atlantean Love Next (An Excerpt from her forthcoming The Wild Hunt for Gray November)” suggests (along with a blurb mentioning other alleged novels by the author – Moonwisecracker, and Day of the Tiggy, suggestive of The Hunt for Red October, Moonraker, and Day of the Jackal respectively) a certain playfullness and parody not found in the very humorless story. However, that story has tabloid and suspense novel elements in Hitler and a Russian submarine. Third, is the copyright holder – Rosemary Edghill – the author? If so, I’d like to read more by her just because of her style and not her incomprehensible plot.

”Those Eyes”, David Brin -- Perhaps the best story in this book. Brin has his cake and eats it with a plot that celebrates rationality while celebrating the supernatural and mysterious. The story has a physicist on the radio debunking UFOs – intercut with passages narrated by man’s ancient foe – the elves. The elves here are symbols of ignorance and superstition, pushed back by man’s science and rationality, relegated to the shadows like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster. They are seen fostering the UFO legend and hurt by man’s increasing skepticism. In the end, the elves lament that humans can no longer be easily incited to war (Playing in to the foolish notion that wars are always rooted in irrationality), that the frail creatures they created are now so strong. I liked the physicist’s idea that ancient aliens should have set up a “trade college” or taught us how to pour cement rather than allegedly build primitive landing pads in Peru.

”Stop Press”, Mike Resnick -- Humorous letter story between the descendants of two famous writers – Mike Resnick and and Esther Friesner.

”Martian Memorial to Elvis Sighted”, George Alec Effinger -- A humorous, oddly appropriate story featuring – and narrated by – Elvis Presley. He’s recruited by Dean Rusk to go to Mars because John Carter isn’t available. (The Secret Service finds Presley under his alias John Carpenter. I have no idea if that was a real Presley alias.). His swordplay, helped along by studying for a movie role, proves brilliant, and he becomes a Martian hero along with Carter’s friend Antor Thon. Presley, for his part, is happy to be a king “to the little people who needed him”. ( )
  RandyStafford | Apr 14, 2013 |
Alien pregnant by Elvis, edited by Esther M. Friesner and Martin Greenberg, contains 36 stories, specially written for this anthology, dedicated to mocking the noble efforts of those brave men and women who tirelessly labour to bring us the news which those in power would rather keep us ignorant of. It is, however, funny.
  • Introduction: Alien Pregnant by Elvis by Esther M. Friesner: Extract: Yes, astounding but true, reading this book may actually help you:
    • Lose unwanted pounds! (If you don't eat anything while reading it.)
    • Firm up that flab! (If you put the book between your knees at least twice a day and squeeze twenty times, rest, repeat.)
    • Improve your sex life! (If you give it as a birthday gift, nicely wrapped, with maybe the keys to a new Porsche tied casually to the ribbon.)
    • Remove unwanted sags and wrinkles! (If you don't mind replacing them with laugh lines.)
    • Raise your IQ! (Or at least give you lots of food for thought.)

  • The Source of it All by Dennis McKiernan:
    This is set in a small town where they all live and it all happens: three-headed boy, man with dog's head, man who was trapped inside the Titanic for decades, giant robot which had previously run amok and killed thousands in Leningrad, Nessie, Great Pyramid, alien spaceship ...

  • The Bride of Bigfoot by Lawrence Watt-Evans: A man on a long road trip stops to take a leak after having a six-pack of Bud for lunch. When he turns back towards the car, he finds that Bigfoot is standing behind him and wants a lift to Oregon. Bigfoot has learned English from newspapers left by campers. He can't talk but communicates by writing notes. He's seen a report of a sighting of a female Bigfoot in Oregon. In Oregon, the two of them team up with a tabloid reporter to try to track down a female Bigfoot. They support themselves by selling photos of Bigfoot, until the papers won't buy anymore because people are tired of too many Bigfoot stories. Is there to be no happy ending? Could help come from a (perhaps) unexpected quarter?

  • Close-Up Photos Reveal JFK Skull on Moon! by Barry N. Malzberg: This consists of several vignettes. It is left to the reader to work out a connection.

  • Marilyn, Elvis, and the Reality Blues by James Brunet:
    In a world apparently ruled by silliness, Henry Kizmik is trying to write an article called "The Case for Logic". Having Elvis and Marilyn for neighbours doesn't help.

  • Those Rowdy Royals! by Laura Resnick: What journalism was probably like in the 12th century.

  • My Husband Became a Zombie and it Saved Our Marriage by Karen Haber: Who would have thought that Girl Scouts would be so scary?

  • Rock Band Conjures Satan as Manager—Group Claims "Good Business Move" by Deborah J. Wunder: This is an interview by the New Morning Magazine with the rock band KILL THE SMURFS and their manager, Nick Nichols (actually Satan). Both band and manager are happy with the advantages they get from the contract. For example, Nick: "Since I started managing [the band] I've learned an incredible amount about evil ...".

  • 2,437 UFOs Over New Hampshire by Allen Steele: A small town in New Hampshire has been totally bought up by an organisation which promises security from alien abduction, mainly for people who have been through it once and that was enough, but also people who haven't been abducted yet and really don't want to be. We get to watch the security patrols on the ground and by helicopter in action and see the perils they face.

  • Pulitzer Kills Publishing Maggot by Mark W. Tiedemann: The importance of flavour in reports and of digestible news items is greater than you think.

  • Elvis at the White House by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: A psychic who doesn't like being psychic is working as a psychic investigator, because it's what she can do. An Elvis impersonator has been warned by Elvis that a murder is likely to take place. They find that the probable victim is a young Elvis impersonator, one who has great talent and a remarkable rapport with Elvis. A psychic investigator's lot is not a happy one.

  • The Number of the Beast by Jeff Hecht: At each end and in the middle of a bar code are pairs on lines, often printed a bit longer than the rest, which don't represent digits but help the reader to recognise the code. In this story, a nutter claims that these lines in fact represent three sixes, i.e. the dreaded number of the Beast. I don't know who had the idea first, but in fact there really are nutters who claim just that. What a pity that the earliest known copies of the Revelation give the number as 616, so that 666 may well be due to an early copyist's mistake.

  • De Gustibus ... by Anthony R. Lewis: At a banquet to celebrate the promotion of an executive in a stock broking company, we learn that the penalties of failure may be other than we expected.

  • Is Your Coworker a Space Alien? by "Bob" bes Shahar: The narrator works for a small outfit in New York. The publishing related work they do is mostly done by machines these days, so they exist by costing less than machines. People who do this are, well, weird. They get a copy of something that's going around, a questionnaire to identify space aliens: largely pretty vague stuff, and they all score as very alien: unconventional clothes, unconventional eating habits, apparent lack of everyday knowledge. A new worker joins up who is totally different, who satisfies none of the criteria for being an alien. But then, what would a clever alien who knew about the questionnaire do?
    This is one of the best in the book.

  • A Beak for Trends by Laura Frankos: Benjamin's grandmother has accumulated quite a bit of money by clever speculation in the stock market. When she dies, she leaves her fortune to be equally divided between her grandchildren and her parrot. As oldest grandchild, Benjamin gets the parrot and its money to look after. Grandma's will makes clear that the parrot is to be well cared for, to have its cage lined with good newspapers changed daily, and the carer must spend time with the parrot and listen to it. This goes well and Benjamin prospers until he dies of a heart attack. The next grandchild is no friend of quality newspapers and the poor bird has to make do with tabloids.

  • Hitler Clone in Argentina Plots Falklands Reprise, or Death and Transfiguration by John DeChancie: Basically, the title gives it away: Hitler, JFK, Marilyn, Elvis, Evita and others, or possibly their replicas, are, thanks to secret medical and scientific breakthroughs of the Third Reich, living in a sanatorium in Argentina. Hitler is occasionally overcome by the desire to reveal all, but even tabloid reporters or editors who he contacts refuse to take him seriously. It's a simple idea, but much better told than my synopsis can indicate.

  • Group Phenomena by Thomas F. Monteleone: A reporter notices that if some sort of unusual accident occurs, a couple more similar accidents will often occur in the next few days, then no more for ages.

    Now we might suppose that there is a mundane explanation for this. All sorts of strange stuff happens all the time, but mostly doesn't get reported because of lack of space. On a slow news day, however, some one apparently unusual accident might get reported. In that case, there will be a slightly enhanced interest in accidents of the same type, so another might well get reported (and, if it wasn't all that similar, the similarities might be exaggerated - do we want to be so cynical?). This increases interest further, so another gets reported. But soon, the public have had enough of these, they are boring again, and another of the same sort won't be reported for years or decades.

    Anyway, our reporter takes the clusters as reported to represent the facts as they are, and writes an article about it for a high-paying magazine. Encouraged by this, he decides to write a book. Looking at the pictures he gathers during research, he finds that the same face shows up over and over among the spectators after the accident. Well yes. it's an alien and he is in some sense responsible for the events. There's more. The author tells it better than I do.

  • Unextinctions by Bruce Boston & Roger Dutcher: The main virtue of this one is brevity.

  • How Alien He Really Was by Bruce Boston: Even shorter than the previous one, but poignant. An alien comes to understand How Alien He Really [Is].

  • NASA Sending Addicts to Mars! Giant Government Coverup Revealed! by Alan Dean Foster: It turns out that the best way to survive the physical and emotional stress of prolonged enclosure and weightlessness is adequate dosage of cannabis: with hilarious results for the interview with the unsuspecting president and the members of the successful Mars landing.

  • Vole by John Gregory Betancourt: Oh dear. Advances in plastic surgery and genetic engineering make it possible for people to choose to live in animal bodies.

  • In Search of the Perfect Orgasm or Doing It with a Big Lizard Can Be Fun by Dean Wesley Smith: Here we get the exciting countdown to a violent encounter between friendly (to us) aliens and Godzilla, towards whom they are less friendly. It is, however, interspersed with a detailed account of the perfectly ordinary behaviour of a pair of teenagers before school in a car parked in the school car park, from hands under pullover and bra-unhooking to orgasm.

  • Saving Sam's Used UFOs by Kate Daniel: Suppose you are a space alien and want to move among Earthlings to investigate their ways, rather than just gather physical data by abducting a few and probing their butts. Then your UFO isn't much use, but a car would be good. This is where used-car dealer Saving Sam can be useful to you. And again when you want to fly away home.

  • Danny's Excellent Adventure! by Greg Cox: "I didn't live in this century." — J. Danforth Quayle. (Remember him?) So what century did he live in?

  • Royal Tiff Yields Face of Jesus! by Esther M. Friesner: This is the main editor's own contribution to the anthology. The background of the story is that Prince Charles has become king and made Druidism the state religion. (This is not as far-fetched as somebody unfamiliar with the British royal family might suppose. Charles is the strongest argument against monarchy that has been seen for quite a while: show him a crank cause or a nutty superstition and he will like it.) His wife, however, has refused to abandon the religion she was born into and is to be sacrificed by being drowned in a bog, like other dissenters. She escapes and is given shelter by an old women who lives by herself in an isolated cottage because her social life in the town she previously lived in was ruined by the density in her vicinity of manifestations of the faces of the famous dead (including Elvis, of course). The king and his priests catch up with her, but more powerful help is at hand.

  • Magnetic Personality Triggers Nail-biter's Near-death Ordeal! by t. Winter-Damon: Eating metal can be dangerous.

  • They'd Never— by Harry Turtledove: Suppose you are a tabloid reporter and you have the chance to write up an incredible but true story while furthering your love life. Can this go wrong?

  • Loch Ness Monster Found—In the Bermuda Triangle! by David Vierling: Nestor McLochlan, tired of Scottish weather, goes on holiday.

  • Racehorse Predicts the Future! by Josepha Sherman: Straight from the horse's mouth!

  • Printer's Devils by Gregory Feeley: Software problems in a newspaper office. This story is more substantial than most of the others.

  • Cannibal Plants From Heck by David Drake: This is a creepy story about a man who moves to a house in a small town with his nine-year-old daughter, where he hopes to indulge his passion for gardening. He pretty much neglects his daughter in favour of plants, leaving little space in the house and none in the garden for her. His other mistake is to refuse to buy plants from the local supplier, to whom eventually the child turns for help.

  • Psychic Bats 1000 for Accuracy! by Jody Lynn Nye: Year by year predictions and news reports that bear them out, from 2001 to 2010, but a surprise in 2011.

  • Caveat Atlantis by Richard Gilliam: A story about unpopular predictions and a way to increase supermarket egg sales.

  • Frozen Hitler Found in Atlantean Love Nest by G———r G———n: This is less than four full pages and I am truly not too fussy about what I read, but I could not get through this drivel. YMMV?

  • Those Eyes by David Brin: This is good. Some of it is transcript of a skeptic doing a late night radio phone in program, but we get the reactions of the crew of a UFO who are busy creating corn circles, revealing themselves to people in isolated places etc.

  • Stop Press by Mike Resnick: This takes the form of an exchange of letters between descendants of Mike Resnick and Esther Friesner. Resnick is a struggling tabloid reporter and Friesner a hard-hearted editor in the 24th century. Resnik offers stories cheaper and cheaper, with no success. They also disagree on the literary significance of their respective ancestors. But eventually Resnick comes up with a real doozy of a story.

  • Martian Memorial to Elvis Sighted by George Alec Effinger: This is a good story to end the anthology with. To understand it, it helps to know something of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom series (and the story would be even better if Effinger didn't get some details of Barsoom wrong). The Martians have appealed to the US government for help getting John Carter back, but due to government incompetence they get Elvis instead.
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