Booklist Review



Golden Gryphon, specialist in odd volumes, strikes again, rounding up eight stories by Howard Waldrop and various collaborators, most notably Steve Utley. The first Waldrop-Utley collaboration, "Custer's Last Jump," is an alternate-history classic and more than slightly tongue in cheek. Other stories, collaborations with Buddy Saunders, George R. R. Martin, Leigh Kennedy, Bruce Sterling, and A. A. Jackson, are mostly less well known and definitely less widely reprinted, but on the whole hardly less well done. The real treasures of the volume, however, are Waldrop's introductory portrayals of his collaborators and their afterwords about him. These writers are definitely unconventional, with most of them possessing countercultural leanings from way back, and a fair number, including Waldrop, being devout comics fans since well before it was trendy. Their remarks add to knowledge of their creative processes and how said processes have survived the vagaries of existence, such as collaboration. Good reading with rather a lot of instructional utility. — Roland Green

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