By Spider Robinson
(Spectra, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553580600, 352pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
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Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson, as his legion of devoted fans will attest. Now he's back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga -- an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
The universe is in desperate peril. Due to a cluster of freakish phenomena, the United States' own defense system has become a perfect doomsday machine, threatening the entire universe. And only one man can save everything-as-we-know-it from annihilation.
Unfortunately, he's not available.
So the job falls instead to bar owner Jake Stonebender, his wife, Zoey, and superintelligent toddler, Erin.
Not to mention two dozen busloads of ex-hippies and freaks, Robert Heinlein's wandering cat, a whorehouse parrot, and misunderstood genius-inventor Nikola Tesla, who is in fact alive and well....
Spider Robinson has won three Hugos, a Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Award. He has written twenty books, sixteen of which have been printed in ten languages. Born in the Bronx, he holds a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York. In 1992 he was the toastmaster for the 50th World Science Fiction Convention in Orlando, Florida. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, Jeanne Robinson, a Boston-born writer.
"I'd nominate Spider Robinson as the new Robert Heinlein."
-- The New York Times
"Spider Robinson is the hottest writer to hit science fiction since [Harlan] Ellison, and he can match the master's frenetic energy and emotional intensity, arm-break for gut-wrench."
-- Los Angeles Times