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Bimbos of the Death Sun

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"Sharyn McCrumb is a born storyteller."

*Mary Higgins Clark

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD!

        

"Sharyn McCrumb has few equals and no superiors among today's novelists."

*San Diego Union-Tribune

For one fateful weekend, the annual science fiction and fantasy convention, Rubicon, has all but taken over a usually ordinary hotel. Now the halls are alive with Trekkies, tech nerds, and fantasy gamers in their Viking finery *all of them eager to...

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Overview

"Sharyn McCrumb is a born storyteller."

*Mary Higgins Clark

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD!

        

"Sharyn McCrumb has few equals and no superiors among today's novelists."

*San Diego Union-Tribune

For one fateful weekend, the annual science fiction and fantasy convention, Rubicon, has all but taken over a usually ordinary hotel. Now the halls are alive with Trekkies, tech nerds, and fantasy gamers in their Viking finery *all of them eager to hail their hero, bestselling fantasy author Appin Dungannon: a diminutive despot whose towering ego more than compensates for his 5' 1" height . . . and whose gleeful disdain for his fawning fans is legendary.

Hurling insults and furniture with equal abandon, the terrible, tiny author proceeds to alienate ersatz aliens and make-believe warriors at warp speed. But somewhere between the costume contest and the exhibition Dungeons & Dragons game, Dungannon gets done in. While die-hard fans of Dungannon's seemingly endless sword-and-sorcery series wonder how they'll go on and hucksters wonder how much they can get for the dead man's autograph, a hapless cop wonders, Who would want to kill Appin Dungannon? But the real question, as the harried convention organizers know, is Who wouldn't ?

"I loved BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN . . . Beautifully observed, funny, nicely constructed, even compassionate."

*Robert Silverberg

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The guest of honor at the annual Rubicon science fiction and fantasy convention is bestselling author Appin Dungannon--a tiny man with a towering ego, who reviles his fans as much as they revere him. But finally rubbing the wrong person the wrong way gets Dungannon done in. Is the mystery whodunit--or who wouldn't? This is the 10th anniversary collector's edition of this Edgar Award winner.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Higgins Clark
Sharyn McCrumb is a born storyteller.
San Diego Tribune
Sharyn McCrumb has few equals and no superiors among today's novelists.
Robert Silverberg
I loved BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN . . . Beautifully observed, funny, nicely constructed, even compassionate
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345483027
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Jay Omega Series , #1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 931,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharyn McCrumb
Award-winning novelist Sharyn McCrumb is best known for her Ballad novels, a series of fictionalized accounts of the history and culture of the Appalachian region of the United States. The Ballad novels include the works The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter; If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O; She Walks These Hills; and most recently The Ballad of Frankie Silver. In 1997, McCrumb won the Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature award. The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as was If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Virginia Tech, McCrumb taught journalism before turning her attention to writing fiction as a full time endeavor. McCrumb has won many awards for her mystery novels, including an Edgar for 1988's Bimbos of the Death Sun. In that work she satirized the science fiction and fantasy community as well as in the work's sequel, Zombies of the Mutant Gene Pool. Her novels have been translated into over ten languages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Hmmm...

    Interesting cover...

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    A Fun Tribute to The World of Geeks and Nerds

    I actually read this book years ago when it first came out, so I decided to grab a Nook copy and reread it after a recent discussion of the book. Since it is set in my hometown (and the convention reminds me SO much of cons I attended in my back yard for a time), I have a soft spot for the novel. The basic plot is that an author whose work is adored by a multitude of fans is murdered at the con. The author was not the most likeable character, and it is clear why someone would want to kill him. Who is the issue. The plot thickens as another author (a professor who just happened to write a book about a theory, and have it released as a SF novel that became an instant hit) finds himself trying to help solve the murder. There's murder. There's mayhem. There are crazy fans, and crazy authors as well. And it is just a whole lot of fun. I highly recommend this book and its sequel ZOMBIES OF THE GENE POOL.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Great Fun

    McCrumb's mystery is a fun romp. :) Lots of gentle (and not so gentle) skewering of sci fi-fantasy fandom. The sequel, "Zombies of the Gene Pool," is just as good, though it reads a tad dated. Hopefully, McCrumb will pen a few more titles in this series.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    Fun Read

    As someone who has been (still is) part of the gaming community, I love this book. It is slightly dated at this point (80s), but the stereotypes hold true. And they are stereotypes. Not all gamers are like the ones portrayed in this book, but those characters do exist. Heck I was one of them for awhile. If you are a gamer and you can't laugh at yourself you may want to skip it.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    Don't Let The Title Fool You

    More than a mystery; the book reveals the quirky ins-and-outs of Sci-Fi conventions, Fantasy role play and D & D. While the mystery's plot is a bit dated (first published in the 1980s), the cast of fledgling novelists, cranky gamers, elves and clerics more than makes up for archaic computer intrigue. If you are not a fan of fantasy and sci-fi, then this book IS FOR YOU. It may just make you want to become one!

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    LOL

    This book is a little dated now. If you have ever been to a con, you will enjoy this "mystery".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    A treat, again after 19 years

    I read 'Bimbos' on a recommendation about 20 years ago. It was (still is) tongue-in-cheek scathing, sardonic satire and laugh-out-loud funny. A book that has stood the test of time. Why is it that the better humorous novels (in any genre) still resonate after decades while the 'serious' books of the same genre and era generally seem stilted and pedantic? I digress, 'Bimbos' is still a treat--congats on the new edition. I have the 1988 TSR paperback, so cleverly illustrated by Jeff Easley. A prized possession.

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