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Alternate Gerrolds: An Assortment of Fictitious Lives

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
David Gerrold takes you on a tour of alternate universes ? universes where Santa Claus isnOCOt nice and the best man is actually elected president; where Ronald Reagan and Gregory Peck command the plane carrying the first atomic bomb and John F. Kennedy stars in the hit show "Star Track," where Franz Kafka doesnOCOt write fiction and the Devil holds educational seminars. I ...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Benbella Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 13, 2011 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It has been a long time since I've read anything by David Gerrold. I've read The Man Who Folded Himself, When Harley Was One, and the first three volumes of The War Against The Cthorrs. Then he just fell under my radar for the next decade. This collection of short fiction re-introduced me to this author and he is just as entertaining as I remembered. He is an excellent story-teller with a casual style and a clever wit. The tales in this collection appear to come from a series of anthologies edit ...more
William Leight
Gerrold has a pleasantly light and breezy style and a decent sense of humor, so the mostly slight stories in this book are a quick and entertaining read. "The Kennedy Enterprise", the story of an alternate-history version of Star Trek which starred JFK, is typical: Gerrold deftly makes the whole thing sound almost plausible, dropping all the principals -- Shatner, Nimoy, Roddenberry, RFK -- cleverly into place, and seeding the whole thing with little jokes (e.g., JFK and Marilyn Monroe never mee ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alternate Gerrolds, a collection of David Gerrold's short stories, many of them written for Mike Resnick edited alternate history anthologies, is a perfect example of Gerrold's strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Each story by itself is clever, amusing and eminently readable and none of them are particularly thought provoking or tackle complex or weighty issues. While Gerrold never breaks new ground he is among the best at tilling the already established fields for solid, enjoyable stories. Th ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are some of the most entertaining and absorbing short stories I have read in a long time. There are some great alternate world stories here, including one about what may have happened if Adlai Stevenson had defeated Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election; if John F. Kennedy had gone into acting instead of politics; if some of the best-known movie stars of the World War II era had manned a plane assigned to drop the atomic bomb (on Germany instead of Japan); if Franz Kafka, tho ...more
3.5 stars:

This was an odd short story collection by Gerrold, mostly dealing with alternate history shorts he wrote for a friend's magazine. They're all over the map, from alternate Kennedy histories, to dinosaurs still being around (in miniature, as pets), to a darn good horror short story. But there were no bad apples here. There were a couple where I knew I was missing some references (like the Kennedy story), but they were still enjoyable.

This man's talent just amazes me, and I'm excited to f
Cheryl Chapman
Nov 12, 2011 Cheryl Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love short stories. This collection was just up my ally. I found it purely by accident while looking for something interesting to download for the first time from my public library digital editions.

The stories are fun, science fiction based, with a touch of truth, irony and humor.

Made me want to find more of David Gerrolds books to read - I will be heading back to my online library account.
Jan 09, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it, but they're all quite short and unrelated. I suspect they fit slightly better in the categorized Resnick anthologies they were written for.
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