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Claremont tales
Lupoff, Richard A., 1935-
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First edition.
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Urbana, IL : Golden Gryphon Press, 2001.
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xv, 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Black mist -- The second drug -- At Vega's taqueria -- I don't tell lies -- Mr. Greene and the monster -- The monster and Mr. Greene -- Lux was dead right -- The child's story -- The Tootsie Roll factor -- Documents in the case of Elizabeth Akeley -- The adventures of Mr. Tindle -- Discovery of the Ghooric Zone.

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Includes 12 science fiction stories that comprise various genres, from mystery to science fiction to autobiographical fiction. This book contains a Sherlock Holmesian mystery, a Walter Mitty-like escape into the world of software, and a Cthulhu Mythos tale in the Lovecraft tradition.

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Booklist Review

Lupoff has been more active as a critic than as a fiction writer during much of a long career, and his stories have fallen deeper into a bibliographical black hole than is commonly the case for short sf. For instance, the lead story here, "Black Mist," had its first and until now only publication in an early, now-vanished e-zine. Altogether, the 12 stories in the book show real mastery and versatility, none more than "At Vega's Taqueria" and the paired stories, "Mr. Greene and the Monster" and "The Monster and Mr. Green." "Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley" and "Discovery of the Ghooric Zone" demonstrate Lupoff's flair for the Lovecraft pastiche, especially the psychological substrata of Lovecraft's work, even better than his well-received novel-length Lovecraftiana does. An autobiographical introduction fills in the background of this gifted writer who has mostly kept out of the limelight. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

After some 50 books and 100 short stories, Lupoff has yet to achieve stardom, but he remains a skillful and inventive practitioner of lighter fantasy, as shown in this somewhat mixed collection. The opening tale, "Black Mist," about a Japanese space station on a Martian moon, gets bogged down in its Japanese idiom. Similarly, "The Second Drug," a pastiche of the overwritten, exotic stories of a century ago, is a heavyweight exercise in nostalgia. Humor is Lupoff's strong suit, for he can be quite funny, though again he can overindulge. "Lux Was Dead Right" flounders in a welter of "inside" referential puns. In "Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley," an homage to H.P. Lovecraft, the author's weakness for Yiddish humor slows down the story. Even in a more serious effort at using Lovecraft, the kaleidoscopic "Discovery of the Ghooric Zone," which has an unexpectedly poignant scene of the death of HPL's aunt, Lupoff is compelled to drag in the old pop tune "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" for irony. Fortunately, when he is in control, as in "The Tootsie Roll Factor," about a compulsive gambler saved by Lady Luck as an 11-year-old freckled girl, he knows precisely when to stop. And in "At Vega's Tacqueria" he offers an alternate world story to end the genre, with worlds changing every paragraph. "So laugh a little already," Lupoff seems to say. (Apr.) FYI: A $100 limited deluxe hardcover edition (ISBN 1-930846-01-0) is available for collectors. Lupoff will be the guest of honor at NecronomiCon in August. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In "Black Mist," the discovery of a murdered woman near a research station on one of the moons of Mars leads to an investigation involving the mysterious "Face" of the red planet, while "Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley" provides an eerie addition to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Including ten other stories, most of them published only in magazines, this volume of short fiction illustrates Lupoff's breadth of talent as a storyteller. Suitable for large libraries' sf or short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.