By Spider Robinson
(Spectra Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553580600, 335pp.)
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....
Eleven of his 31 books are set in Callahan's Place, a fabulous tavern founded by a time traveler, where puns flow as freely as beer, and smell far worse. The most recent is" Callahan's Con" [Tor July 2003]. He has contributed a regular editorial column, "Future Tense," to Canada's national newspaper, " The Globe & Mail", since 1995. In 2000, he released Belaboring the Obvious", "a CD of original music with the legendary Amos Garrett ("Midnight at the Oasis") on lead guitar, and in 2001 he was a celebrity judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.