If you have been listening to the podcast lately you know that we are reading a complete novel, chapter by chapter, each week. The book is called Anything You Can Do, and was written by Randall Garrett. I thought it would be a good idea to take a blog moment and throw the spotlight on this amazing writer.
Randall Garrett (1927 – 1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He contributed to the science fiction pulp magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. Garrett is best known for his work on the Lord Darcy series. Darcy is a detective in an alternate history, created by Garrett, where things are governed by the rules of magic rather than physics. These novels are rich with jokes, puns, and the main character is the stuff of Sherlock Holmes.
Garrett was a storyteller at heart and was highly sought after as a speaker or presenter for science fiction conventions. He was a complicated man. Although cherished by his friends, he horrified many women, to whom he routinely introduced himself with obscene propositions. Isaac Asimov once referred to Garrett offending Judith Merril enough that she emptied an ashtray over his and Garrett’s heads.
Garrett became ill in the summer of 1979 and spent the last eight years of his life in a coma. He was married to fellow author Vicki Ann Heydron who, while Garrett was comatose, largely wrote the Gandalara Cycle fantasy series. She credited the series to the both of them.
This Week’s Podcast:
On the podcast this week we probably the funniest listener story to date. It is a UFO story and should not be missed. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.