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Of all the colonized galaxy, the Barnum system was the whackiest. Nobody could ever predict what would likely to happen there, so it was no surprise to newsman Jack Summer when he was sent to check out the King of Laranja East on the planete Peregrine. But surprises were waiting for him anyway in the person of the universe's most lecherous photographer, in the weird claima ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 156 pages
Published August 1976 by Daw Books (first published 1976)
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A Whiff of Madness is a return to Goulart's Barnum System with the laconic newsman Jake Summer and Palma "the universe's most lecherous photographer." There are plenty of madcap encounters with catmen and lizardmen and deranged androids and lovely damsels, both distressed and distressing. The title says it all, but it's more than merely a whiff. ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An amusing story, decently written. Good writing alone makes it stand above the crowd, and the story has a gentle tongue-in-cheek mood. Worth reading.
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Ron Goulart is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels and countless sh ...more

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