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Saturdays in Books

Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.

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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
Kathryn Morrow, James K. Morrow

Line to Tomorrow

Line To Tomorrow - Lewis Padgett

I can't think of another collection of short stories that so thoroughly examined the role of alcohol in problem solving. Trying to decide if you are hallucinating? Have a drink. Troubled by technology you don't understand? Pour yourself some rye. Overwhelmed by your responsibilities as a parent? Hunted by a talking cat? Accidentally killed a man? Intentionally killed a man? Obviously, step one is some form of whiskey. With only one exception, every story here includes a stiff drink as part of any problem solving process. And that exception only serves to highlight that sobriety does not improve outcomes.