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By Any Other Name

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  15 reviews
FROM THE CRIME TO THE RIDICULOUS
From the offbeat but razor-edged imagination of Spider Robinson: stranded time travelers; squabbling cosmic warriors; reincarnated rock stars; blind starship pilots; monsters both human and alien; tomorrows formed by today's trends -- this Spider weaves a web of wonder.

Sound profound? Nah. Herein we've got a partially-disembodied Brooklynite
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Paperback, 429 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Baen Books
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Marko
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I like about Spider Robinson's stories is that he focuses on people and society, and the near-future settings are more backdrop than focus. This collection of short stories provides just that, with his usual sense of humor. They range in quality, but overall the stories are good and remain relevant despite the age of the writing. All the puns are terrible, though.
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really well executed shorts.
Amanda
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Millerbug
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is full of Spider Robinson's short stories. And it was ok. Lots of drug use and sex, not for young readers. The stories that I liked best were By Any Other Name and his series of newspaper articles called The Crazy Years. Most of the stories were ok, and some were kind of strange. It wasn't bad, but I don't think I'll actively seek out more of this authors work, although I do have some of his other work here at home on Mt. TBR that I'll probably read
John E
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Rather a disappointing collection of stories. They are very uneven, but that is probably to be expected since they are all of his uncollected stories over twenty years. Not up to his excellent Callahan's Crosstime Saloon stories.
Wendy
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The collection hasn't aged well. Robinson's writing is still fun and punny, but the stories, written in the 70's and 80's, missed the mark.
QuoththeRaven
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Another collection of short stories and essays. "Rubber Soul" is one of the greatest short stories EVER!
Nancy
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
didn't realize that it was
an omnibus
so it was a mixed bag of
short stories
but I tend to enjoy this author
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Ann aka Iftcan
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, humour
Some stories are better than others. I figured it averaged out to about 60% positive, 40% negative, so I gave it 3 stars.
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Matt Shively
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
not the quickest reading short stories but all engaging.
Melanie
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I love reading sci-fi mixed with a old fashioned detective. This isn't the best book of this type, but it is pretty good.

I'm reading this for the second time...
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Spider Robinson is an American-born Canadian Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author. He was born in the USA, but chose to live in Canada, and gained citizenship in his adopted country in 2002.

Robinson's writing career began in 1972 with a sale to Analog Science Fiction magazine of a story entitled, The Guy With The Eyes. His writing proved popular, and his first novel saw print in 1
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