The Madman Blues. What do you do when you have nothing left to live for, and nothing left to lose?
A collection of three short stories, including the 2006 Year's Best Science Fiction honorable mention, "The Sum Of Things." Fast-paced adventure in the past, the present, and a place not quite in the future.
"'The Sum of Things' is pure entertainment".- Douglas Hoffman, TANGENT More
A collection of three short stories, including the 2006 Year's Best Science Fiction honorable mention, "The Sum Of Things."
"The Sum Of Things" American mercenaries take on the Italian Air Force in an alternate WWII, and find out that the most dangerous enemy isn't always the people on the other side.
"An Undiscovered Country" A starship is trapped in a very strange place. Is death the end, or only the beginning of our story?
"Madman Blues" What do you do when you have nothing left to live for, and nothing left to lose?
Adventure in the past, the present, and a place not quite in the future.
Praise for "The Sum Of Things"
From TANGENT: There's no shortage of action in Robert M Brown's "The Sum of Things," an alternate history in which American mercenary fighter pilots help defend Greece from Mussolini's invading forces. In this version of World War II, America has not yet entered the fray. The Italians are technically neutral, but are keeping Germany well supplied with oil from their fields in Libya. In the course of two days, Ed Sebastiani, a Kittyhawk fighter pilot, learns that he and the other mercs are doing considerably more than protecting the Greeks.
Brown writes air battle sequences with a confident, lean style, but everything works here; not just the descriptions of combat, but the dialog, the plotting, and the understated denouement. Folks who dislike war stories may find little to enjoy here, but for the rest of us, "The Sum of Things" is pure entertainment. - Douglas Hoffman
From the INTERNET REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION: This is a classic type of military alternate history: a single man fights his own war while greater forces shift and maneuver around him. Much of the story involves scenes of aerial combat, described with a degree of detail that should be satisfying to fans of this genre, but the real conflict is between the man who does the fighting and the High Command and the politicians: "bastards with power." [...] It is deftly told without recourse to the sort of tedious infodumpfery that too often mars AH, explaining the situation to death instead of getting on with the story. - Lois Tilton