What happens when 5-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick turns his attention to sports?
The answers lie within, as you encounter a 7-foot 10-inch robot basketball center, a hexed boxing match, the devil’s least favorite racehorse, a Chicago Bears team that would warm Victor Frankenstein’s heart, and more.
The greatest heroes in the galaxy gather in a very special tavern at the outskirts of civilization to swap tall tales about their heroic deeds until they are confronted by a war and actually have to perform acts of heroism.
Evil versus evil. Conrad Bland has slaughtered tens of millions, a butcher vastly worse than Hitler. He has never considered not killing anyone who stood in his way. He takes refuge on Walpurgis III, a planet settled by various cults of devil worshippers. He is the manifestation of the evil they revere, but now that they have come face-to-face with their beliefs, the cults desperately want Bland to be removed from their lives, their world, and entirely from existence. So Walpurgis III contacts Jericho, the greatest assassin in the galaxy, to rid them of Conrad Bland. But once the assassin arrives and begins to make his bloody way toward Bland’s headquarters, the people—especially John Sable, the top policeman on the planet—must face an excruciating choice. Who is more dangerous, the man who kills from compulsion? Or the man who kills from calculation? From the Hugo and Nebula Winning Author
She was old when the world was young. Her image appears in painting from before the Renaissance – but also from the Earth of 3,000 years from now, and from a dozen or more far-flung worlds around the galaxy. Who is she, and what is her secret? It remains for an alien art critic named Leonardo by his human associates to find the answer, and to put himself, his friends, and even some of those worlds at risk in the process. This is the legendary novel by multiple Hugo winner Mike Resnick that became the only American winner of France’s coveted Prix Tour Eiffel and it’s 100,000-franc grand prize.
From the Hugo and Nebula Winning AuthorSome call it the Dreamwish Beast. Others call it theStarduster. Some don’t believe it exists at all. Others worship it. A handful will pay any price to kill it and display itsremains. But it remains for one man, Nicobar Lane, the mostaccomplished hunter of the galactic era, to find out what itreally is, to match wits and will power and skills againstsomething that is both too alien and too familiar.Now that he knows the Dreamwish Beast exists, Lane becomes obsessed with killing it, much as Ahab was obsessed with killing the white whale…but the whale was an unthinking beast, while this one can establish contact with Lane long enough to ask what it has done to make Lane want to kill it. Join this Ahab as he reluctantly pursues the secrets buried inside him. Join this interstellar Moby Dick as he tempts and tortures his pursuer.
Some writing classes caution their students to avoid first-person stories—too traditional, too dated, too difficult to sell. We’ve convinced 5-time Hugo Award winner Mike Resnick to show you how it’s done with two dozen of his best first-person stories.
You want Hugo nominees? We got ’em.
Humor? Them, too.
Award winners and nominees? Yep.
Fantasy? But, of course.
Science fiction? Absolutely.
Sherlock Holmes? We’ve even got one of them.
Mike Resnick is, according to Locus magazine, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. First Person Peculiar will explain why.