33 · Robert Schekley’s Blacklight Barcode Ballet

Cover artThis week, in “Immortality, Inc.", by Robert Scheckley: 

In an alternate universe where the :CueCat became a success and this absurd device became essential for everyday life, replacing the written word with diagonal barcodes, the inventor of the QR code goes on the run to protect her invention from the Barcode Hegemony and ushers the Information Age into the second dimension.

K looks forward to life returning to 'normal'. Khaki turns the tables and ruffles some feathers.

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32 · John Myers Myers’ Dire Lyre Mire

Cover artThis week, in “The Harp and the Blade", by John Myers Myers: 

Two Quantum Leapers find themselves in pre-BCE England; unwilling to admit their true origin to each other they try to set right what once went wrong, unaware that they are, in face, what it is that went wrong.

K sure does know a lot about druid stuff! Khaki introduces K to a cool new chair.

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31 · Esther Friesner’s Two-Handed Pole-Arms

Cover artThis week, in “Chicks 'n Chained Males“, edited by Esther Friesner: 

Kenneth, a college DM accidentally transports himself to a world where those precious few fertile males are little more than valuable but mindless studs, where his encyclopedic nerdery is mistaken for the lost art of sorcery.

K has a plan to end the predicament in the library. Khaki tries to stimulate his friend through trickery.

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30 · Open Day I

Cover artRecorded in front of a live audience in the Czech Republic. #OccupyNottingham

Worlds collide as quantums and franchises entangle: it's Open Day at the Library! Stalwart, if bewildered, Yours Trulies face the challenge of a real live audience with the same courage and determination as the heroes of this week's unlikely 'book'...

K walks a mile (or week) in Khaki's shoes. Khaki adorably encourages audience participation.

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29 · Blake Whitecock Returns

Cover artThis week, in “Und Sie Lernen Es Nie“, by K. H. Scheer:

Deep behind enemy lines, Blake Whitecock has to rely on unexpected friends when his wits and the fantastic gadgets of Q-division fail him, to vanquish his implacable enemies as the war heats up, in the stunning 25th-hebdomodariversary sequel to WASP.

K will never let go of JJ Abrams' treatment of Star Wars physics. Khaki goes on the offensive against the quarrelsome velibraraptors.

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28 · Spider Robinson’s Ornery Leopard

Cover artThis week, in “Telempath“, by Spider Robinson:

The day after his daughter's wedding, having waved her off to her honeymoon cruise, retired artist Arthur Robinson sits alone in the park and finally eats the last lunch his late husband made for him...

...utterly soaked in LSD.

K explains cheetahs and puppy-eyes. Khaki forgot that we were doing portmaneaus this week and puts everything he has into a Jersey joke.

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27 · Paul French’s Hotshot Rock Knockers

Cover artThis week, in “Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Astroids“, by Paul French:

SpaceBall!

With Solar Systems as their playing fields, hotshot rocket-jockeys knock big ol' rocks around gravity wells and planetary orbits, risking life and limb and continental devastation in hopes of slingshotting to intergalactic fame.

Lucky Starr is an up-and-coming reporter embedded with the Pirates to record their meteoric rise, and discovers she has more in common with them than she would ever have suspected.

K quotes Thor Odinsson from Avengers: Infinity War despite not having seen the film. Khaki hosts a fashion show..

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26 · Roy Meyers’s THOT To His Enemies

Cover artAyurvedic space hippies think they found the perfect gig, unaware that they're being exploited by scheming planetary real-estate developers — and the very wildlife they think they're protecting...
“Destiny and the Dolphins“, by Roy Meyers

Boom-Shankar, dear readers-at-home, let's have ourselves a good old-fashioned beach sesh!

Make love, not peace.

K explains about hemp. Khaki starts a new fashion-related quest.

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25 · Stephen Gresham’s Swomp Thang

Cover artThe band didn't read the fine print before they took the new gig, so...
“Dew Claws“, by Stephen Gresham.

A country crawfish boil, a brandy glass full of brown M&M's, a record deal with fine print and before you know it a small-town band's dreams are blown way out of proportion.

Count the toes and the dildos: the rise, fall and resurrection of Swomp Thang.

K stealthily tosses a pen at Her Majesty. Khaki gets a promotion, which he now always has had.

Special mention to @scattermoon on Twitter for her excellent literary accent joke and to to fabulous troubadour Cosmik for his superb song "Make America Great... Britain Again!"

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24 · Dominique Verseau’s Bringing Porn to the Pornless

Cover artThe first in a science fiction adventure series starring a beautiful sexologist on an intergalactic mission of love.
“Yolanda, the Girl from Erosphere“, by Dominique Verseau.

In a post-prude universe, a progressive scientist finds herself challenged by outmoded yet newfangled notions of propriety and we happily skate through our incomprehensive/ble knowledge of European sexual liberation.

K introduces Khaki to the Book Repair Studio and reassures him repeatedly. Khaki clears his throat repeatedly and in different languages and recounts a visit to a museum in Berlin.

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