By Mike Resnick
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312854850, 384pp.)
Publication Date: May 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Award-winning writer Mike Resnick takes us back to his wild and wooly Inner Frontier in this tall-tale of an adventure novel.
On the planet Henry II, orbiting the twin suns of Plantagenet and Tudor, at the very edge of the great black hole at the center of the Milky Way, there is a tavern called The Outpost. Through the doors of The Outpost have come the greatest heroes, villains, and adventurers of the galaxy - to drink, to brag, and to swap tales.
The Outpost is neutral territory where fighting is forbidden and blood enemies can have a drink together and tell stories of battles past. After all bounty hunters, con men, itinerant preachers, thieves, and assassins have more in common with each other than they do with the rest of the mundane galaxy.
But their pleasant life of recalling murder and mayhem is interrupted by an alien invasion, and to save their way of life these rugged individualists must try to work together for a change.
Mike Resnick is the author of dozens of SF novels. He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards for his short fiction. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
"The Outpost is highly entertaining and as smooth as a mug of eggnog-complete with the hidden bite." - Analog
"If you want a rough-and-tumble collection of tales from the frontier, look no further. Mike Resnick assembles as outlandish a collection of space frontiersmen (and women) as you'll ever find and sets them to playing 'can you top this' in an out-of-the-way corner of the galaxy. Recommended." - SF Revu
"Amusing and witty, with an agreeably ironic edge." -Kirkus Reviews