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The Doppler Effect and Other Stories

Allen Steele

ISBN: 978-1-5154-1029-4

164 pages, $12.99

       

   

This is a collection of three stories, each a short novel in itself. Strictly speaking, they're science fiction, but that label doesn't describe them accurately. The truth is, when Allen Steele wrote these stories, he "was deliberately playing with a different genre: mystery-suspense fiction."

* What's an astronomer to do when he's been forced out of his teaching job on trumped-up charges of cultural insensitivity? If he's Theodore Reggs, aka T-Rex, his solution may involve hijacking a deep space probe and planning an alien invasion.…

* When a young man disappears on an alien planet, the reason might not be nefarious. But returning him to his family could entail other, unforeseen dangers.…

* While fleeing the Nazis aboard a massive flying boat, Albert Einstein has several surprising encounters when he teams up with a New York private eye and a Scotland Yard detective who may not be quite what he seems.…

Allen Steele is the author of nineteen novels and six collections of short fiction. His works have been translated worldwide and have received the Hugo, Locus, and Seiun awards, and have been nominated for the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Sidewise Awards. He is also a recipient of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. His first published story, "Live from the Mars Hotel," was published in 1988, and his first novel, Orbital Decay, was published in 1989. His best-known work is the Coyote series. A graduate of New England College and the University of Missouri, he is a former journalist, and once spent a brief tenure as a Washington correspondent. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and dogs.