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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jay Omega Series Release Date:
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Edgar Award–winning author Sharyn McCrumb brings her storytelling talent and keen eye for satire to this hilarious spoof of the bizarre culture surrounding sci-fi/fantasy fandom. It all takes place at Rubicon, the science fiction and fantasy convention of your nightmares. Join the merriment, as medieval fantasy characters, tech geeks, and role playing gamers take over an innocent hotel for a weekend of nerdy, misfit fun. Just when you think things can’t get any wilder, the guest of honor—gnome-like giant of fantasy literature Appin Dungannon—is murdered. But who wouldn’t want to kill Appin Dungannon? The celebrity sword-and-sorcery writer is a dedicated prima donna who’s gone out of his way to offend his fawning fans. Lt. Ayhan has to find out which of the troubled trekkies, buxom bimbos, and fiendish elves has actually done Dungannon in. Luckily, he has help. With Ruth Ann Phimister’s perfect comic delivery adding just the right zing, when you’re not snickering to yourself, you’ll be laughing out loud.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved Bimbos of the Death Sun…Beautifully observed, funny, nicely constructed, even compassionate.”

    Robert Silverberg

  • Winner of the 1988 Edgar Allan Poe Award
  • Nominated for the 1988 Anthony Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dee | 1/30/2014

    " Couldn't resist the title. Besides, it's a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanna | 1/29/2014

    " this is possibly the best book ever written. it's a murder mystery set at a science fiction convention. it is a total nerdfest. there are a lot of puns. there's also a sequel called 'zombies of the genepool', buts that's not as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by PastAllReason | 1/28/2014

    " Entertaining parody of sci-fi conventions from the late 80s. Nominally a mystery, there isn't much mystery to it, but it was enjoyable none-the-less. For the most part it didn't seem too dated, until you got to the computer and e-mail references. Then it was instant flashback to the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Souther | 1/8/2014

    " Under the pseudonym Jay Omega, Dr. James Owen Mega has written a science fiction book about one of his theories. He's dismayed to find that the publisher has given it the title Bimbos of the Death Sun and put a buxom babe in a fur bikini on the cover. Still, he wants to promote the book and has the chance to do so at a science fiction convention. He's accompanied by his colleague (and girlfriend) English professor Dr. Marion Farley. There is a murder, but most of the "action" is observations of Trekkers, D & D fans, elf weddings, and people who wear t-shirts that say things like "God is Dead and I Want His Job." A book so loaded with pop culture could easily have become dated, but the personalities (and some of their obsessions) have stayed funny long past 1987. "

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