Stalking the Unicorn by Mike Resnick
I had a complete blast reading Mike Resnick's Stalking the Unicorn.
It was smart, highly inventive, outrageously funny — led by hilariously wry dialogue — and fun. It was also immensely rewarding, especially getting to see how John Justin Mallory ended up in the other Manhattan, how he became partners with Winnifred Carruthers, his first meeting with the cat-girl Felina and Grundy — “the most powerful demon in New York” — and the clever manner in which he solved the case.
Stalking the Unicorn is a true classic, the kind that will stand the test of time and be just as much fun to read now or twenty years in the future, as it was when the book was first published in 1987. Read More
Mike Resnick(1942- )
Mike Resnick has won 5 Hugo Awards and many other awards in several countries for his science fiction works. He is the father of fantasy and romance author Laura Resnick. You can read some of his short stories at the Mike Resnick website. We’ll present here the series of most interest to readers of fantasy.
Fable of Tonight (John Justin Mallory Mysteries) — (1987-2009) Publisher: It’s 8:35 pm on New Year’s Eve, and Private Detective John Justin Mallory is hiding out in his Manhattan office to avoid his landlord’s persistent inquiries about the unpaid rent. As he cheerlessly reflects on the passing of a lousy year, which saw his business partner run off with his wife, he assumes the bourbon is responsible for the appearance of a belligerent elf. This elf informs him that he needs the detective’s help in searching for a unicorn that was stolen from his charge.When Mallory realises the little green fellow is not going to disappear with the passing of his inebriation, he listens to the elf’s impassioned plea that the stolen magical beast must be returned to his care by daylight or his little green life will be forfeited by the elves’ guild. Join detective Mallory on a New Year’s night of wild adventure in a fantasy Manhattan of leprechauns, gnomes, and harpies as he matches wits with the all-powerful demon The Grundy in a race to find the missing unicorn before time runs out!
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Stalking the Unicorn by Mike Resnick
Stalking the Vampire by Mike Resnick
AUTHOR INFORMATION: Mike Resnick has won an impressive 5 Hugo Awards, been nominated for 26 more, and is the all-time award winner — living or dead — for short fiction. He has sold 54 novels, more than 200 short stories, and has also edited 50 anthologies. His work ranges from satirical fare, such as his LUCIFER JONES adventures, to weighty examinations of morality and culture, as evidenced by his brilliant tales of KIRINYAGA. The series, with 66 major and minor awards and nominations to date, is the most honored series of stories in the history of science fiction. Some of Mike Resnick's other recent releases include Starship: Rebel (Pyr Books, December 2008) and Kilimanjaro: A Fable of Utopia (Subterranean Press, December 2008).
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Weird West Tales — (2010-2012) Publisher: Welcome to a West like you’ve never seen before, where electric lights shine down on the streets of Tombstone, while horseless stagecoaches carry passengers to and fro, and where death is no obstacle to The Thing That Was Once Johnny Ringo. Think you know the story of the O.K. Corral? Think again, as five-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick takes on his first steampunk western tale, and the West will never be the same.
The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick’s The Buntline Special is a steampunk-injected re-telling of the gunfight at the OK Corral. Many of the classic characters, including Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, are present, making for a fun adventure.
The steampunk elements of The Buntline Special are introduced at the very beginning as Doc Holiday rides an electric bulletproof stagecoach into Tombstone. Resnick doesn’t tell us much about what happened to make magic work or the how the alternative technologies came to be — they just are, and it works for the most part.
Aside from Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, Resnick introduces two characters that really make the story work. Thomas Edison and Ned Buntline are the brilliant inventor duo responsible for the steampunk technology. Edison is already well-known for his many contributions to scie... Read More
The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures by Mike Resnick
I find many story collections to be mixed affairs and, unless it’s a “Best of” collection, I open the book with the assumption that I’m going to find a few stories I like among more that I won’t get particularly excited about. But I’ve loved the stories I’ve read by Mike Resnick, so I had high hopes when I opened The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures, a collection recently published by Subterranean Press who are known for their lovely productions. Even with my lofty expectations, I was extremely pleased with this collection.
It begins with a charming introduction in which Mike Resnick brags about having the best job in the world. He explains that he didn’t used to think of himself as a short-story writer until one of his stories (“Kirinyaga”) won a Hugo award. Since then he has written about... Read More
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance is the best anthology I’ve ever read. These stories will be enjoyed by any SFF reader, but they’ll be ten times more fun if you’ve read Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, because they are all written in honor of that fantastic work. Each tale is written in the style of Vance, which is quite amusing in itself, and each takes place on the Dying Earth, that far-future wasteland in which natural selection means survival of the cleverest, nastiest, sneakiest, and most self-serving.
Songs of the Dying Earth was written by “many high-echelon, top-drawer writers” (as Mr. Vance says in the preface):... Read More
Galactic Midway — (1982-1983) Publisher: The first in the 4-book “Tales of the Galactic Midway” series, SIDESHOW is the story of alien visitors who are kidnapped and put on display by a traveling carnival, and the bond that develops between captor and captives. It went through 4 quick printings when it was published in 1982, and has appeared in many countries and languages.
Stories of the Far Future — (1982-1987) Publisher: An epic novel of human expansion across the stars. Birthright: The Book of Man is Mike Resnick’s masterful contribution to the science fiction genre’s sweeping galactic legacy that began with Asimov’s Foundation series. Locus Poll Award Nominee.
Velvet Comet — (1984-1986) Publisher: Book One of the Velvet Comet — the enormous, exclusive, elaborate, and infamous orbiting brothel: As a field accountant for the Vainmill Syndicate, Harry Redwine is assigned to the Velvet Comet for the delicate task of financial sabotage. By inserting ‘errors’ in the accounting logs, the Syndicate intends to expose a phony embezzlement scheme as an excuse to shut down the troublesome orbiting pleasure palace. When the reclusive Redwine falls in love with the madam, he begins a tricky double-cross that threatens more than the financial well-being of the Comet.
Lucifer Jones — (1985-2009) Publisher: Of all the characters that Mike Resnick has created, Lucifer Jones remains his favorite. We are proud to republish this hilarious series of adventures starring a most unique character. Adventures is the first volume of the Chronicles. THE CHRONICLES OF LUCIFER JONES. Being a Stirring Chronicle of Intrigue, Romance, Danger, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Thrilling Triumphs over Fierce Beasts and Fiercer Men in the Mysterious and Exotic Dark Continent, as Recounted by the Daring, Resourceful, Handsome, and Modest Christian Gentleman Who Experienced Them.
Kirinyaga — (1991) Publisher: Hailed for his grandeur of imagination and superb worldbuilding, winner of and nominee for more than fifty awards for his outstanding work, Mike Resnick has rightfully won a place as one of science fiction’s master storytellers. Now, in Kirinyaga, Resnick presents the haunting and utterly compelling tale of one man’s utopia. By the twentieth second century in the African nation of Kenya, polluted cities sprawl up the flanks of sacred Mount Kirinyaga. Great animal herds are but distant memories. European crops now grow on the sweeping savannas. But Koriba, a distinguished, educated man of Kikuyu ancestry, knows that life was different for his people centuries ago — and he is determined to build a utopian colony, not on earth, but on the terraformed planetoid he proudly names Kirinyaga. As the mundumugu — witch doctor — Koriba leads the colonists. Reinstating the ancient customs and stringent laws of the Kikuyu people, he alone decides their fate. He must face many challenges to the struggling colony’s survival: from a brilliant young girl whose radiant intellect could threaten their traditional ways to the interference of “Maintenance” which holds the power to revoke the colony’s charter. All the while, only Koriba — unbeknownst to his people — maintains the computer link to the rest of humanity. Ironically, the Kirinyaga experiment threatens to collapse — not from violence or greed — but from humankind’s insatiable desire for knowledge. The Kikuyu people can no more stand still in time than their planet can stop revolving around its sun. Deeply moving, swiftly paced, and profound in its implications, Kirinyaga is Mike Resnick’s most triumphant work to date. His Fable of Utopia is the book every science fiction reader will want to own and savor for years to come.
Penelope Bailey (Oracle) — (1991-1993) Publisher: Mouse, a hard-bitten, cynical woman and professional thief, finds herself in deep trouble when her attempt to rescue a seemingly helpless little girl has potentially deadly consequences in this brilliant and haunting installment of Santiago-inspired adventure. Young Penelope has long had a price on her head, and Carlos Mendoza now knows how she has outwitted her captors — and the awesome powers behind her success. As Carlos moves in for the kill, Mouse is hard-pressed to preserve her life, defend Penelope, and in so doing, save humanity. For Carlos “Iceman” Mendoza, only one thing becomes clear: in a universe of giant men, ruthless bounty hunters, and interstellar war, his greatest fear is this one girl.
Widowmaker — (1996-2005) Publisher: One of the major voices in science fiction, Mike Resnick presents the first volume in a bold new trilogy. Jefferson Nighthawk — known and feared by many as the Widowmaker, the consummate bounty hunter — has been frozen for a century in order to defeat a deadly disease. Only now the cost of his care has risen, so the Widowmaker is called out of retirement for one special commission, and a very large chunk of cash. A notorious assassin has been wrecking havoc on the Frontier; who better but the Widowmaker to defeat him?
Starship — (2005-2009) Publisher: The starship Theodore Roosevelt is fighting on the far outskirts of a galactic war, its crew made up of retreads and raw recruits. A new first officer reports, Wilson Cole, a man with a reputation for exceeding his orders (but getting results). He’s been banished to the Teddy R for his actions, but once there, he again ignores his orders.
Art Encounters — (2005-2007) Publisher: Lady with an Ermine, Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of a patron’s mistress holding the symbol of her lover’s family, is perhaps his most beautiful painting. But… is that what ermines really look like? Mike Resnick, the author of Hugo Award winners Kirinyaga and Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, presents an exciting reimagining of this great painting in his first-ever book for young adults. The time-traveling hero, Mario Ravelli, develops a unique friendship with Leonardo da Vinci during a vacation from 2523 A.D. The story of how Mario’s pet becomes the lady’s ermine makes for an intriguing, entertaining journey to Renaissance Italy, and gives a unique look at the work and the creative process of a great master.
Redbeard — (1969) Publisher: This is the MAGNUM (formerly Lancer) second printing of this paperback original novel from 1969. His third novel, Resnick has become a popular and prolific author, having won several Hugo Awards for his work. “In a world ravaged by science, evolution fights back with an aberration known as REDBEARD!”
The Soul Eater — (1981) Publisher: Bounty hunter Nicobar Lane has traversed a thousand worlds searching for the mythic Dreamwish Beast, but after a close encounter with the creature, his motives turn from money to revenge, and an obsession with his own death.
The Branch — (1984) Publisher: The Messiah of the Old Testament was no Prince of Peace. He was expected to come with sword and fire and raze the old kingdoms to the ground. There were four signs by which he would be known. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled only one of the signs. That was more than a dozen other would-be Messiahs could boast. Until 2047 A.D., when a grifter named Jeremiah the B fulfills them all and puts the world in more jeopardy than it’s been in since the comet hit 65 million years ago! Back in print after 15 years, complete and unabridged, here is Mike Resnick’s controversial classic, The Branch.
Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future — (1988) Publisher: In the year 6303, when earth is bare of anything larger than an insect or a mouse and most people have left for the stars, Duncan Rojas receives a most unusual visitor. His name is Bukoba Mandaka, and he is the last of the Maasai. Mandaka wants Rojas, senior researcher for Braxton’s Records of Big Game, to find the tusks of the Kilimanjaro Elephant, tusks that weigh over 200 lb. each. Why? Mandaka will not say, but he will pay enormous sums for them. And Rojas cannot resist the challenge of tracing something lost for 3000 years. Back and forth through time, in card games, wars, and rivalries, Rojas searches. But as he begins to glimpse the elusive, lost power of ancient Africa, he is seduced, and before long the quest has become his own. With “Ivory”, Mike Resnick has created a powerful novel spanning worlds and centuries, an exploration of the nature of history and legend, and a riveting parable for our times.
Second Contact — (1990) Publisher: It looked like a no-brainer to defense attorney Major Maxwell Becker. A starship captain has gone a little crazy and killed two of his crewmen in cold blood. Just plead insanity, make sure they give his client a nice, comfortable, padded cell, and go skiing at Aspen. But the captain refuses to cop an insanity plea. He insists that the two crew members he killed were not humans, but aliens. That’s his story, and he’s sticking by it. So Becker reluctantly goes through the motions of trying to prove his case — and suddenly his witnesses start getting transferred or disappearing, and when he finally finds one he realizes there are holes in his story… and suddenly Becker is running for his life, hunted by every branch of the military. He can’t figure it out: he’s a loyal officer, he’s just doing his job as a military attorney, he’s never broken a law, there are no aliens: so why does everybody want him dead? Join Hugo- and Nebula-winning author Mike Resnick as he chronicles Becker’s desperate attempt to learn the only thing that can save him: the truth.
The Red Tape War — (1991) With Jack L. Chalker and George Alec Effinger. Publisher: Millard Fillmore Pierce, Class 2 Arbiter, is lost. And when you’re in the service of the Spiral Federation, getting found again is no easy task. The paperwork alone could take years. But when Pierce’s ship is captured by an alien dreadnaught, the nightmare only gets worse: The aliens are intent on galactic conquest, and they intend to start with Pierce. The plot gets thicker and thicker from that point on, as three of science fiction’s most accomplished storytellers attempt to write each other into a corner.
A Miracle of Rare Design: A Tragedy of Transcendence — (1994) Publisher: Visiting the planet Medina to satiate his fascination with the golden-skinned natives, Xavier William Lennox is captured and tortured for his curiosity and vows to learn what it is that the aliens are so desperate to hide.
Dog in the Manger: An Eli Paxton Mystery — (1995) With Barry N. Malzberg. Publisher: Eli Paxton is searching for a dog. And before long, people are dying to cover up the loss of a dog that simply isn’t worth as much as is being spent on the coverup.
A Hunger in the Soul — (1998) Publisher: Award-winner Mike Resnick takes us on a new journey across alien landscapes in this powerful quest. Dr. Michael Drake, a great medical researcher, chose to disappear into the jungles of the world called Bushveld, but now the Human-settled Galaxy needs him to combat a new plague. Journalist/adventurer Robert Markham has determined to locate Drake, and bring him back to civilization — whether he wants to come or not.
The Outpost — (2001) Publisher: Award-winning writer Mike Resnick takes us back to his wild and wooly Inner Frontier in this tall-tale of an adventure novel. On the planet Henry II, orbiting the twin suns of Plantagenet and Tudor, at the very edge of the great black hole at the center of the Milky Way, there is a tavern called The Outpost. Through the doors of The Outpost have come the greatest heroes, villains, and adventurers of the galaxy — to drink, to brag, and to swap tales. The Outpost is neutral territory where fighting is forbidden and blood enemies can have a drink together and tell stories of battles past. After all bounty hunters, con men, itinerant preachers, thieves, and assassins have more in common with each other than they do with the rest of the mundane galaxy. But their pleasant life of recalling murder and mayhem is interrupted by an alien invasion, and to save their way of life these rugged individualists must try to work together for a change.
Dragon America: Revolution — (2005) Publisher: The British are coming, and the dragons are waiting for them! Set in an alternative colonial America where dragons rule the landscape, the revolution is taking its bloody toll and General Washington will need all the help he can get to free the American colonies from their overseas rulers. Dragon America is an alternative history in the Orson Scott Card and Harry Turtledove modes, from a master of the genre.
The Other Teddy Roosevelts — (2008) Publisher: Theodore Roosevelt: president, naturalist, explorer, author, cowboy, police commissioner, deputy marshal, soldier, taxidermist, ornithologist, and boxer. Everyone knows about that. But how about vampire hunter? Or African king? Or Jack the Ripper’s nemesis? Or World War I doughboy? Mike Resnick (the most-awarded short story writer in science fiction history, according to Locus) has been the biographer of these other Teddy Roosevelts for almost two decades. Here you will find a familiar Roosevelt, but in unfamiliar surroundings stalking a vampire through the streets of New York, or a crazed killer down the back alleys of Whitechapel, coming face-to-face with the devastation of 20th Century warfare, waging an early battle for women’s suffrage, applying all his skills to bring American democracy to the untamed African wilderness, or coming face-to-face with one of H. G. Wells’ Martian invaders in the swamps of Cuba. And, as Winston Churchill said of the Arthurian legends, if these stories aren’t true, then they should have been. Enjoy.
Benchwarmer — (2010) With Lezli Robyn. Publisher: He’d been sitting on the sidelines, warming the bench, waiting, for almost seventy years. The winds of Time chilled him to the bone, and all he had to keep him warm were his memories, which got a little older and a little colder each day. He wasn’t an imposing figure. There were days he looked like Humpty Dumpty before the fall, and days he looked more like a Teddy Bear. It didn’t make any difference to him. He had never seen a mirror, nor did he care to. He could have chosen any name he wanted, but he stuck with Mr. Paloobi, for reasons only one other person would understand…. It happened on the last day that he was called forth from the limbo where he was born, where he existed now until he was needed again. It was a day filled with the same promise as the day before, the same exciting horizon to be approached, the same challenges, and the same goals. But there was one thing that was not the same.
The Cassandra Project — (2012) With Jack McDevitt. Publisher: Two science fiction masters — Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick — team up to deliver a classic thriller, in which one man uncovers the secret history of the U.S. space program… Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations — even for politicians — was strictly business. Until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future — a bright era of far-reaching space exploration. But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half-century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stary — and unexplored planets and solar systems — in his eyes. Still Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo 11 mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability — and his willingness — to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions…
We have with us today Mike Resnick. Mike is one of the most acclaimed speculative fiction writers of all time and the author of hundreds of novels and short stories, most of which fall into the category of science fiction or fantasy (at least since the seventies). He is also the editor of Jim Baen's Universe and is famous for being a fan and conference goer. We are honored to welcome today this living Science Fiction/Fantasy Legend.
SB Frank: Thank you Mike for joining us. With 33 Hugo nominations, and 5 awarded Hugos, you are generally considered the most decorated writer of short speculative fiction. In your opinion, what is the key to a successful short story?
Mike Resnick: If you just count Hugos, ... Read More