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From creative genius/raving madman Paul Di Filippo comes another collection of brilliant speculative short stories that runs the gamut from satire to hard science fiction to dark fantasy -- a must-read for any genre fan with a sense of humor.
Noteworthy stories include "Shadowboxer," about a reluctant assassin whose supernatural abilities (the power to kill anyone, anywhere, at any time, with concentrated thought) are abused by a secret government agency after the events of 9/11, and "Shuteye for the Timebroker," which imagines a future where, with the aid of anti-somnolence drugs, people never have to sleep. "Slowhand and Little Sister" chronicles an unrecorded jam session with Eric Clapton and Janis Joplin where their talismans -- a guitar and a bottle of booze -- join forces to literally bring down the house. "Billy Budd" pits a green-skinned boy and the rest of the strange residents of Blackwood Beach against a world-renowned Hollywood movie producer, and Di Filippo's homage to Jules Verne, "The Mysterious Iowans," revisits one of Verne's most enigmatic characters, the megalomaniacal genius Robur.
Like Di Filippo's other numerous collections (The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories, Fractal Paisleys, Little Doors, et al.), Shuteye for the Timebroker is a wildly diverse assemblage of stories that not only celebrate the author's incredibly fertile imagination and razor-sharp wit but also put pure, unadulterated fun back into speculative fiction. This collection of 15 bite-sized literary gems will make a lifetime Di Filippo fan out of anyone who reads it. Paul Goat Allen