Michael Swanwick has won Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards and is considered one of the best Science Fiction writers. I’ve been a fan of Swanwick’s Darger and Surplus short stories and now Subterranean Press has collected them and published this wonderful collection.
Aubrey Darger is a con artist who can blend into any group. His partner, Sir Blackthorpe Ravenscairn de Plus Preieux (aka, Surplus), is a genetically modified dog with a keen intelligence–and talks. This unlikely duo might remind you of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (without the swords) given their tendencies toward larceny and adventures. The setting is the Future where the survivors of a brutal war between Artificial Intelligences and humanity live in a steampunk world where technology is feared (with good reason).
In these stories, Darger and Surplus scheme their way into Buckingham Palace and create havoc, fall in love (with disastrous consequences), and are captured by a living hotel. If you’re in the mood of something completely different, THE POSTUTOPIAN ADVENTURES OF DARGER AND SURPLUS delivers escapist fun. GRADE: A
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Mother Goose’s Errant Sons 9
- The Dog Said Bow-Wow 15
- The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport 39
- Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play 63
- Tawny Petticoats 99
- There Was An Old Woman 139
- Introduction to Appendix: A Little Smoke and a Mirror or Three 175
- Smoke and Mirrors: Four Scenes from the Postutopian Future 181