The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale

Written by Mike Resnick
Review by Kathryn Johnson

Prepare for a wild ride! And suspension of any belief you’ve ever held about the Old West. (Readers of historical fiction based on authentic, well-researched facts need not apply.) Resnick’s latest addition to a long line of Hugo Award-winning books is a departure from his familiar Starship and Stalking series, offering readers a joyful journey into steampunk heaven with a Western setting.

If you’d love to spend time with the Earps and Thomas Edison in a Tombstone where electric lights brighten the night; horseless stagecoaches rumble down Main Street; “Bat” Masterson…well, suffice it to say he ranks among the undead; and Doc Holliday takes on a zombie Johnny Ringo in a not-so-classic O.K. Corral gunfight—come along for the adventure. This is all about fun, and the humor is clever, whimsical and quickly paced.

Resnick’s more than 60 novels have cut a bold swath through the science fiction genre. In addition, he’s edited fifty anthologies. This talented wordsmith will hopefully give us many more samples of his imagination to take our minds off the serious realities of the 21st century. We look forward to more Weird Western Tales!