Cosmic Kaleidoscope (Pan science fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 10 Feb 1978
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1st Pan edition paperback fine condition. In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
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The hero of the first story, 'Skirmish on a Summer Morning' is a typical Shaw character, stubborn, strong-willed, man of action. It is actually a Western/SF cross-over story where a young woman appears on the trail dressed in an unusual silver material. The hero immediately gets into trouble protecting the girl from a couple of old enemies and ends up playing high-noon with his own enemies and 'The Prince'. There is a nice one-liner that offers yet another explanation of
the origin of Jesus. BS also solves the enigma of the Mona Lisa's smile in 'The Giaconda Caper', and the Yeti in 'Unreasonable Facsimile' and why rich people don't mix in 'A Full Member of the Club'. Several stories have an entertaining twist in the tale. The final story turns out to be a prequel to the novel 'Vertigo' in a future where anti-gravity harnesses are the most common form of transport. A Skycop is having trouble with 'Angels' (CG harness instead of chopper).
Many of Shaw's pieces of short fiction are humorous but in a more subtle form than Pratchett and co. He doesn't usually play for cheap laughs but writes in a light-hearted way without forgetting that he has a story to tell. Often the mad ideas and theories are the entertainment.Read more ›