Friday, November 23, 2007

Mike Resnick's "Hazards: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones, 1934-1938" (collection, 2009): Lucifer Jones' 12 adventures in South America

Cover image of the humorous short stories collection titled Hazards by Mike Resnick. It features Lucifer Jones. Stories are set in South America during 1934 to 1938. Table of contents below is based on information provided by Mr Resnick in his comments on "Merry Bunta!" & "The Lost Continent of Moo" posts; thanks Mr Resnick. The series of stories is not yet complete, & will eventually be published by Subterranean Press under the title "Hazards".
Update 25 February 2009: This Subterranean note says the collection is due out summer 2009.
Update 23 March 2009: Full ToC of the collection's ARC at Webscription is now reflected below. Webscription also includes an introduction to the cast of characters (not necessary to read even randomly picked up stories).

I list the stories not in the order of their publication date, but in order that I liked them - best first. The ones I've not read come last, in publication order. My rating is in brackets. Some stories are available for download.

  1. "Merry Bunta!" (A); download; Subterranean magazine, Fall 2007: Lucifer falls in love, & goes to great lengths win his lady love. Added to my best of the year 2007 list.
  2. "The Lost Continent of Moo" (A); download; Subterranean magazine, Spring 2007: Lucifer wants to be recognized as god by a tribe, & must gives tests to prove eligibility! Added to my best of the year 2007 list.
  3. "The Island of Annoyed Souls" (A); download; Chris Roberson (Ed)'s Adventure (2005): Lucifer plays savior of very annoyed animals who were once human...

    "Adventures" here is apparently not a reference to his Lucifer collection of the same name set in Africa, but something else.
  4. "A Four-Sided Triangle" (A); download; Subterranean Online, Winter 2009: Lucifer in a multi-sided love affair with a rich heiress in Bolivia.
  5. "Carnival Knowledge" (A); download; Subterranean, Summer 2007: Lucifer gets too greedy during Rio Carnival.
  6. "Spring Training" (A); download; Subterranean Online, Fall 2008: Lucifer conquers Uruguay for Hitler's Germany!
  7. "Connoisseurs" (B); download; Subterranean, Spring 2008: Lucifer's nemesis, Erich von Horst, has enrolled him in helping divide the loot of a heist among fewer crooks.
  8. "A Jaguar Never Changes Its Stripes" (B); download; Subterranean, Winter 2008: Lucifer gets involved in tribal warfare.
  9. "Chartreuse Mansions" (B); download; Subterranean, June 2007: Lucifer in love, then not, with the "Bird Girls".
  10. "El Presidente" (B); download; Argosy, #2: When Lucifer became president of a country of coups, even if for a few hours!
  11. "Mother Scorpion's House of Fallen Flowers" (B); download; Subterranean, Summer 2009: Lucifer gets accidentally associated with a prostitution cum smuggling enterprise in Valparaiso, Chile.
  12. "The Forgotten Kingdom": Yet to be published?
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Anonymous said...

ADVENTURE is a 2005 anthology edited by Chris Roberson and published by Monkeybrain Books.

ADVENTURES is the first Lucifer
Jones book, published as a paperback original in 1985 by Signet, and reissued as a signed, numnered hardcover in 1992 by Wildside Press.

-- Mike Resnick