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In 1988, readers ofFantasy and Science Fictionmagazine were treated to a collaboration between Paul Di Filippo and Rudy Rucker called "Instability," in which Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady were sent on a crash-course trajectory hurtling into John von Neumann and Richard Feynmann (a.k.a. "Doctor Miracle" and "Little Richard," portrayed as two wild and crazy "atomic wizards, quantum shamans, plutonium prophets, and be-boppin' A-bomb peeaitchdees").Lost Pagesbrings "Instability" together with eight other Di Filippo stories that apply the what-if premise to writers' lives. You'll also find a hilarious introduction that credits a George Pal-producedStar Trekwith the destruction of SF.

Di Filippo lets his imagination run wild, creating worlds in which Franz Kafka stalks the streets of nighttime Manhattan as a costumed avenger known as the Jackdaw, or in which Anne Frank, having been sent to live with relatives in America, becomes part of MGM's galaxy of stars. Science fiction writers such as Robert Heinlein, Alice (James Tiptree, Jr.) Sheldon, Alfred Bester, and Ted Sturgeon are given chances to save the world. In what turns out to be one of the most gimmicky and at the same time touching premises, Astounding Science Fiction is edited in its golden age by Joseph Campbell. Telling you any more would spoil the dozens of quirky surprises this collection has in store for you. --Ron Hogan

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ISBN-10:  1568580991
Author:  Paul Di Filippo
Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher:  Four Walls Eight Windows
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This bunch of previously published stories present a number of alternative visions of the 20th century.    Anne Frank emigrates to America, just ahead of the Nazis, and eventually becomes a famous movie star. She falls in love with Mickey Rooney, and later marries him. Anne divorces him after a few years, citing physical abuse. While a plague is ravaging the Northern Hemisphere, a man attempts to re-create Wings Over the World (from "Things to Come" by H.G. Wells) with help from …
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