Myth-Interpretations SC (Baen Science Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 11 Oct 2011
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Robert Asprin was the legendary creator of the long-running Myth series in which fantasy adventure meets comedy in a delightful pandemonium of magic and adventure.Asprin s Phule's Company saga, with its similarly irreverent look at military science fiction, was a "New York Times "bestseller. And with Lynn Abbey, he created the landmark, hugely-popular and long-running Thieves World fantasy series. A fan favorite at SF conventions and an active participant in Society for Creative Anachronism mayhem, Asprin passed away in 2008."
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- "Robert Lynn Asprin's short works" by Bill Fawcett introduces these works and tells a bit about the author.
- "The Myth Adventures" is the original proposal for the first four books in the Myth series. Much has been written about the consequences of these works.
- "Myth Adventurers" is a Myth Adventure telling of the first task in the partnership of Pookie and Spider.
- "Gleep's Tale" is a Myth Adventure written from the point of view of Skeeve's dragon.
- "M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions" is a Myth Adventure describing the wedding of Massha and Badaxe and the resulting problems.
- "Mything in Dreamland" is a Myth Adventure set in the land of dreams.
- "Myth-Trained" is a Myth Adventure concerning a depression episode for Buttercup the war unicorn.
- "From the Files of Tambu: The Incident at Zarn" is a Tambu story exposing a problem among his forces.
- "The Ex-Khan" in a Heroes in Hell tale involving a Mongol and an amateur military historian.
- "Two Gentlemen of the Trade" is a Merovingen Nights tale about the feud between the houses of Gregori and Hannon.
- "A Harmless Excursion" is a Merovingen Nights tale concerning an unguarded excursion by a Gregori artist.
- "Wanted: Guardian" is a tale from Forever After relating a search for a suitable custodian of an enchanted sword.
- "A Gift in Parting" is a Thieves World tale examining the nature of confidence.
- "To Guard the Guardians" is a Thieves World tale about a powerful member of the Hell Hounds.
- "The Capture" is a previously unpublished script about an alien abduction of a shipload of SF writers, editors, artists, fans and a gremlin.
- "The Ultimate Weapon" is a previously unpublished script about terrorists taking a Press Secretary hostage to force the military to stop the test of a new weapon.
- "The Saga of the Dark Horde" is a previously unpublished essay recounting the origins of the Dark Horde.
- "Cold Cash War" is a novella about corporate mercenaries.
- "You Never Call" is a Don't Forget Your Spacesuit Dear story about Mother's Day.
- "Con Job" is a Here Be Dragons tale regarding a team of con artists at DragonCon.
These stories are a great introduction to the author. They often include a bit of humor, especially in the Myth adventures. Some works contain a certain macabre humor.
The author was not the first to provide humorous SF or Fantasy, but he was among the first to produce humorous series. Two sequences not represented in this collection are the Phule and Dragon series.
The author died in 2008 shortly after mailing "Con Job" to the editor. His last novel -- in collaboration with Jody Lynn Nye -- is Dragons Deal. Read and enjoy!
Highly recommended for Asprin fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of private adventure, cynical expertise, and persevering protagonists.
-Arthur W. Jordin