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The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
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Dec 27, 10

bookshelves: steampunkish, cowboy
Read in December, 2010

This reads like a pulp western: Lots of dialog, continuous action, no-nonsense description, almost no interior thoughts. What fascinated me was the placement of real historical figures in an alternate 1881 U.S. universe, where the U.S. border ends at the Mississippi River, and is kept from going further by the Indians and the magic of their medicine men.

The Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Thomas Edison, Ned Buntline, Kate Elder, Johnny Ringo, the McLaury brothers and Clanton gang all figure in the story, as does the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Edison keeps inventing things and Buntline makes them. Things like the electric lights on city streets, bronze, engine-driven stage coaches, lie detectors, electromagnetic indicators, and let's not forget, robot prostitutes.

A quick read, fun and interesting.
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