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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press; 1 edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930846134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930846135
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,831,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Homer's early days, the last day in the life of a Trojan warrior, and the archaeological dig at Troy. In 'Custer's Last Jump!' the legendary Crazy Horse uses Confederate monoplanes in his famous battle against General Custer. 'A Voice and Bitter Weeping' paints a grim post-nuclear 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
..we finally have access to H'ards's collaborations and it was worth the wait(mostly).
Eight stories, three mini-essays and an introduction and preface for each of the stories. As usual the introductions are almost worth the admission price alone.
The stories...One Horse Town (w/Leigh Kennedy) is the first and in my opinion, the best. Three different timelines merging together in spectacular fashion.
...Custers Last Jump (w/Steven Utley) A classic Alternative-History tale with sky-diving Apache braves and dog-fights over the plains !
...The Latter Days of the Law (w/Bruce Sterling) This subtle story of Samurai's and court etiquette has more versimilitude than you can shake a stick at.
The remainder of the stories are varied in quality but this collection should and probably will be on the shelves of any Waldrop fan of note.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Idea (...) from the galactic fringe 27 Aug. 2004
By Eileen Gunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A dazzling display of literary imagination 13 Jun. 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not Free SF Reader 4 Nov. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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

Trojan bones aplenty.

3.5 out of 5

Dirigible Big Horn.

4 out of 5

Israel tanks Texas.

3.5 out of 5

Spore defense dismay.

3 out of 5

Copulation extinction.

3 out of 5

Hokkaido exiles 'r us.

3.5 out of 5

AI's Orion ramjet jumpstart supernova surf return.

4.5 out of 5

Inner world exploration appropriation monster.

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5
A Showcase of Great Collaborative Writing 6 Jun. 2014
By J Reston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Howard Waldrop is a proven master at writing witty, poignant and imaginative short fiction; here he shows that he is a masterful writing collaborator as well. The eight stories in this collection are in some ways quite diverse, yet in one way or another they all explore the struggle to survive under harrowing circumstances.

At least three of these stories are widely acknowledged as classics, and deservedly so. "Custer's Last Jump," co-written with Steven Utley, uses faux book and magazine excerpts to tell an incredibly detailed and moving alternate history of the American Civil War and the Indian Wars (fought with airplanes!) that is somehow still easy to follow; it's one of those stories you marvel at and think "how did they do that?" The same could be said of "Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole,"(also with Utley) a tour-de-force which follows Frankenstein's monster through a series of hollow earth adventures based on the writings of Verne, Burroughs, Poe, Philip Jose Farmer, and Lovecraft, with even a nod to Herman Melville. Most writers would have needed a novel to tell this story which Waldrop and Utley successfully pull off in about 38 pages. The third major story is "One Horse Town,"(written with Leigh Kennedy) a powerful re-telling of the Fall of Troy and its echoes through time that haunt the young poet Homer and the archaeologist Schliemann during the dig that discovered the lost city's ruins.

The other stories are also worthwhile. Set on a distant planet, the underrated "Men of Greywater Station" tells a tense, thrilling tale of an isolated manned research station under siege by an intelligent fungus that takes control of any living creature exposed to its spores. Howard's co-author George R.R. Martin has a low opinion of this story, and most reviewers tend to dismiss it as a simple pulp adventure. It certainly works on that level, but the story has deeper resonance because of eerie parallels between certain aspects of the story and the war in Vietnam (which was still ongoing when the story was written). "Sun's Up" (with A.A. Jackson) is a riveting scientific puzzle story where an A.I. on a spaceship must devise a desperate plan to save itself from a sun about to go supernova. The book also contains entertaining and informative essays by Waldrop and his collaborators about how the stories were written. Collaborations are tricky and not all writers do it well, but this book shows how to do it successfully. It doesn't get much better than this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read! 22 Feb. 2004
By Richard J. Arndt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
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