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Weird Heroes Volume 2 (Weird Heroes #2)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews

Amazing and Fantastic editor Ted White delivers DR. RAYMOND PHOENIX, logical successor to the epic style adventures of Clark Savage Jr.--DOC PHOENIX, the original new hero with the flavor of the old pulps!

The sensational Harlan Ellison introduces a media hero to
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Fraser Sherman
Some really good stories in this anthology, such as Steve Englehart's "Viva," about a jaded prostitute who discovers how much she wants to live when people try to kill her; "Doc Phoenix," about a scientist who can enter people's dreams; and "SPV 166," an oddball story by Elliot Maggin about three special police agents working out of a high-tech subway car. The weakest story is Harlan Ellison's "New York Review of Bird," a rather clunky attempt to turn his pseudonym Cordwainer Bird into a charact ...more
Volume two in this series offers a stronger line up of stories and heroes as it tries to create pulp heroes for a modern audience.

Doc Phoniex: Doc Savage clone that has the ability to enter people's dreams to help them. This had a nice mix of action and weird science. Reads like a good 70's sci-fi or super hero TV show

Greatheart Silver: Farmer got all the silliness out of his system and gives us a much more straightforward adventure.

Viva: story of an LA prostitute that eventually becomes a kind
David Allen
Like the first book, this attempt to create a pulp series for the '70s was nobly intended, sharply laid out and cleverly packaged, but ultimately not that memorable. Steve Englehart's Viva may be the best realized.
These are awesome collections of original fiction, spearheaded by Preiss. Dunno why they didn't reach much of an audience but I enjoy the hell out of them, especially Goulart's Gypsy adventures. Recommended.
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Byron Preiss was the president of Byron Preiss Visual Publications and Ibooks, and was recognized as a pioneer in digital publishing. He was among the first publishers to release CD-ROM's and electronic books.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Preiss graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and earned a master's degree in communications from Stanford University. He produced The Words of Gandhi,
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