Buffalito Buffetby Lawrence M. Schoen, Rachael Mayo
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "Schoen is clearly in his element and there's a pleasant preposterousness to the whole thing, like a series of good-natured tall tales..." For years, Lawrence M. Schoen has been producing stories about the ever more popular Amazing Conroy and his companion, a buffalito named Reggie. Here we present a collection of those stories, including a new novella, "Barry's Tale," which adds to the adventures of the hypnotist-turned-business-owner as he and Reggie travel the known universe, as well as beyond Human Space. Buffalitos are alien creatures that look like miniature bison and can consume anything. Their only waste product is oxygen. Which makes for limitless possibilities.
Meet the Author
Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, was a college professor for 10 years, and currently works as the director of research and analytics for a mental health & addiction services medical center. He's one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language. He also runs Paper Golem, a speculative fiction small press. And in 2013, inspired by his protagonist, he became certified as a hypnotherapist.
His fiction draws on his professional expertise, and it's no surprise to find themes of language, memory, and cognition throughout his work. There's a generally light and humorous tone to most of his fiction, and his style has frequently been described as harkening back to a simpler time in SF. In 2007 he was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2010 he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story. In 2013, "Barry's Tale" (included in this collection) was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novella. In 2014 he received his second Nebula nomination, for another Amazing Conroy novella.
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