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Award-winning science fiction author James Alan Gardner brings us Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together.

This week marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of American writer Damon Runyon, best known for his delightful, distinctive prose style and for the series of post-Prohibition New
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Kindle Edition, 28 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Tor Books
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Stephanie
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, noir, sci-fi
The blurb describes this as "a Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together" which in fact is quite accurate. Really enjoyed it!
Maggie Gordon
It was... okay? I think it was a bit too silly for my tastes, and I rankled at the conversation about "dolls". Interesting combo of scifi and gangster-era timeline, but it certainly wasn't my favourite.
Ellana Thornton-Wheybrew
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-i-own
Reading as a part of Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2011 Edition

This definitely reads better if you imagine the character voices with a 1930s New York gangster accent. A horror story or a science fiction story, it is difficult to tell. Either way, it was brilliant.
Henry Bemis
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spaceman, clean-up men and a bullet proof doll, what more do you need ?
Melki
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
. . . I hear talk of a new doll at Madame Rosa’s, and many guys say she is the cat’s meow. I pay no attention because every new doll at Madame Rosa’s is called the cat’s meow. This time, however, it seems more than just talk, and more than just meowing.

Fun Guys and Dolls-type tale about tough guys, dames, and spacemen. Seems the most important thing here is to keep things hidden from J. Edgar Hoover. And, it ends with the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.
Marco
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together. The story was written by the author as a tribute to Damon Runyon, for the seventy-fifth anniversary of its death. It tries to use Runyon's delightful, distinctive prose style and the post-Prohibition New York atmosphere in a sci-fi setting.
James Gardner
Jul 05, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I love Damon Runyon.
Stabbing
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well this one gave me a chuckle because of the way it's written. You need to imagine the narrator as having one of those depressions era gangster accents. The story is full of depression era slang.
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Short. Fun. Very classic gumshoe-ish voice. I love his work.
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Raised in Simcoe and Bradford, Ontario, James Alan Gardner earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

A graduate of the Clarion West Fiction Writers Workshop, Gardner has published science fiction short stories in a range of periodicals, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. In 1989, his short story "Children
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