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‘Tales Of Houdini’ by Rudy Rucker

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Sterling describes this as a “brief but perfectly constructed fantasy”. It certainly isn’t science fiction but it isn’t really fantasy either; it is a trio of fables with Houdini stuck in the middle like a totem pole. And it is very, very brief. If there is any worth to stories of such length then I’m not convinced it is enough to warrant anthologising them.

Punkosity: *
Quality: **

Written by Martin

30 March 2011 at 09:15

Posted in sf, short stories

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  1. […] Continuum’ by William Gibson ‘Snake-Eyes’ by Tom Maddox ‘Rock On’ by Pat Cadigan ‘Tales Of Houdini’ by Rudy Rucker ’400 Boys’ by Marc Laidlaw ‘Solstice’ by James Patrick Kelly ‘Petra’ by Greg […]

  2. Yup, just read this in the same anthology and thought, what the hell is this doing in cyberpunk anthology? I suspect Rucker and Sterling are too clever for their own good, losing the reader in this cryptic story. I should be reviewing the anthology on my blog by early next week.


    5 April 2012 at 02:50

  3. I think the trick is that the story takes place in 1948. I’ll say no more.

    Eric Dickinson

    21 May 2016 at 23:27

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