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Friday, January 04, 2008

Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside

John Ottinger has had some nice things to say about Fellowship Fantastic, the latest anthology by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes. He also had some very nice things to say about this humble author's contribution:

The best stories in this anthology were [Donald J. Bingle’s] "The Quest" and "The Enigma of the Serbian Scientist", which is odd, considering that neither is truly fantasy in the strictest sense. [...] "The Enigma of the Serbian Scientist" by S. Andrew Swann reintroduces the historical figures of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, in a murder mystery that can only be solved by an alternate Sherlock Holmes. The stories connection to fellowship is tenuous, as it builds on the readers’ prior knowledge of the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, renamed Helms and Wilson in this story, but it is still interesting to read and is an unusual choice for this collection. Therefore, if nothing else, it stands out for its distinctiveness as well as its craft.

Well I'm all asquee.

What are you waiting for? Buy the book already.


John (Grasping for the Wind) said...

Thanks for the link and the great story.

S Andrew Swann said...

Well thanks for your thanks :)

I'm really happy "Enigma" worked. It was a stylistic experiment, trying to get a contemporary narrative that felt like a Conan Doyle story without descending into parody. I reread a lot of Holmes' stories before attempting it, to try and get a good feel for Watson/Wilson's voice. It's nice to see the effort paid off.