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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (648 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: January 1992 ISBN: 9781436126328
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In the 1950s, eight young men, dreaming of literary immortality, buried a time capsule with their science fiction stories and cultural relics from the time. Now the capsule is being dredged up because a few of those men have in fact become very famous. As a result, the excavation turns into a multimedia event.

Everything goes off without a hitch until a surprise guest makes an appearance, a writer who was supposed to have died thirty years ago. Still cynical and angry, he is threatening to expose secrets the famous and the obscure have kept from the world all these years. When murder suddenly materializes to throw the agenda into chaos, one man must separate science fact from fiction and unearth a killer with a story of his own to tell.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Classic McCrumb, full of inside jokes and dry wit, elbow-in-the-rib asides, and layer upon layer of intrigue, twists, and surprises.”

    Nashville Banner

  • “The author of Bimbos of the Death Sun pays affectionate tribute to the SF fannish phenomenon while unraveling a mystery whose roots lie in the halcyon days of science fiction. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “The novel crackles with insider SF lore (McCrumb has a wellspring of weird trivia at her disposal) and with amusing sideswipes at academia. The tone is generally light, but McCrumb’s subtext is crystal clear: you can’t go home again. This is a natural for those demented souls who are driven frantic by talk of ‘cons’ and who just happen to know the exact year of Isaac Asimov’s first publication in Astounding magazine.”

    Booklist

  • “Here, the frisky McCrumb, with deadpan humor and bull’s-eye accuracy, skewers the science fiction genre, its eccentric authors, and outlandish fans and their nitpicking fanzines.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trina | 2/17/2014

    " It was cute! It is a day in the life of sci-fi authors and the fans who adore them. I am always up for a glimpse into the rhyme and reason of someone's obsession. The best part of the book was when one of the characters used dial up in a hotel to access a sci-fi chat room. I chuckled at the early use of the internet and the way it was explained (This book was published in 1992). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth | 2/15/2014

    " A mixture of whodunnit, SF fandom and The Big Chill. A group of middle-aged SF writers, some successful. some not, reunite to open a time capsule they buried as teenagers. Honest insights into pre-internet SF fandom and a fairly good murder mystery. Would make a decent movie I've often thought. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 2/8/2014

    " I am not a fan of books that give life stories of multiple characters at the expense of an actual plot. In my opinion, this was such a book. Trying to get through this was like listening to a stranger tell you the last 40 years of his family history, randomly, with little or no connection between the people. There seem to be a lot of books like this out there these days, and I don't like them either, so maybe I'm just a bad reader. Whatever, I got halfway through and quit out of sheer boredom and frustration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/27/2014

    " Deeper than Bimbos of the Death Sun, and a slightly more affectionate look at fans and fandom, acknowledging the good and the bad SF fandom can do to/for people, with a bit of mystery added to the mix of fascinating characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " Hilarious sequel to "Bimbos of the Death Sun". Highly recommend it~! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Ellen | 1/15/2014

    " I really like sharyn McCrumb but the science fiction focus just doesn't grab me. There is the interesting setting of a massive dam which is being drained and uncovering the site of a hidden pickle jar -- a jar that contains original manuscripts that could be worth millions. She also delves into the craziness of SF fan-dom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Winkler | 1/9/2014

    " Love her SciFi convention mysteries. She says she wrote them mainly for her son. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/8/2014

    " The book got off to a slow start and there was lots of confusing information about a group of sci-fi writers. The murder didn't occur until the last quarter of the book. I'll stick with Sharyn McCrumb's other books and give the one in this series a pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Flusche | 1/1/2014

    " An actual mystery I did not get it tell she told us. A lot of the puns whent over my head but that is not unusual. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna K. | 12/24/2013

    " Good story, just be forewarned: There are NO Zombies in this story. I really was disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/23/2013

    " I kept reading in the hope that this book would improve, but when I reached the end I determined that it had only slightly improved. Much better books by this author, don't waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/11/2013

    " Sequel to Bimbos of the Death Sun, but not nearly as funny. Death at a writer's retreat, if I remember right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelsey | 10/4/2013

    " I had a really hard time following this book, and don't think I ever really understood what was going on with it. Oh well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Maybedog Hawkins | 9/5/2013

    " I was disappointed. It had so much potential and fell flat. Plus it was horribly sexist. I'm surprised this woman is an award winning author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trin | 8/25/2013

    " See commentary on Bimbos of the Death Sun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 6/22/2013

    " This book kind of made me wish I still had my tossers shelf. I think I got through two chapters and I found it insulting to both my SF fan self and my English Lit major self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/9/2013

    " Not as good as the first book, but still a great novel for geeks! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/5/2013

    " Not as good as the first book. Too much time on the characters who just aren't that interesting, and not enough time spent on Jay and Marion. I will still read her other books, but these SciFi books not my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison Livingston | 12/2/2012

    " I tried to like this book, but it never had any suspense. Just a lot of old people sitting around talking about times gone by--and I mean that in a bad way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda Keith Stephens | 5/8/2012

    " A good companion to Bimbos of the Death Sun; wish she'd write more in this tiny series about sci-fi/fantasy fandom. The quotes from Wautauga Drawdon add a lyrical note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/19/2011

    " Sequel to "Bimbos of the Death Sun"--again, an entertaining mystery novel featuring a science fiction writer as one of its main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 10/12/2011

    " The mystery/killing is a bit clunky, but even that is part of this books charm. Its view into SF fandom is unparalled in my experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayleen | 8/21/2011

    " It's a murder mystery, but it did not follow the formula. The story didn't go where I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is good. A pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayleen | 5/7/2011

    " It's a murder mystery, but it did not follow the formula. The story didn't go where I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is good. A pleasant read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 6/7/2010

    " I tried to like this book, but it never had any suspense. Just a lot of old people sitting around talking about times gone by--and I mean that in a bad way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 4/16/2010

    " I didn't even make any notes about this book when I read it. I wanted to read it because Bimbos was so fun...this one wasn't as good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 2/28/2010

    " This book kind of made me wish I still had my tossers shelf. I think I got through two chapters and I found it insulting to both my SF fan self and my English Lit major self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 10/29/2009

    " The mystery/killing is a bit clunky, but even that is part of this books charm. Its view into SF fandom is unparalled in my experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 7/4/2009

    " I was disappointed. It had so much potential and fell flat. Plus it was horribly sexist. I'm surprised this woman is an award winning author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/6/2009

    " This sequel to Bimbos of the Death Sun is not quite as good, but it is still a lot of fun. The detective characters are pretty flat, but the science fiction writers and their hangers-on are very interesting.

    A must read for sci-fi fans. "

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