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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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