Bad Timing and Other Stories
a collection of short stories by
Big Engine, U.K., ISBN: 1-903468-06 X
Molly Brown's first published science fiction story, Bad Timing,
won the British Science Fiction Association Award for best short
story of 1991. Since then, a Hollywood feature film based on
Bad Timing has gone into development, her work has been translated
into more than a dozen languages, her short stories have been
included in such "Best of..." collections as: The Best of
Interzone, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth
Book of Comic Fantasy, and The Best Time Travel Stories Ever
Written, and she has become known for defying traditional genre
boundaries with her unique mix of comedy, crime, science fiction,
Now, for the first time, twenty-one of Molly Brown's most
popular short stories are available in one volume.
"Watch out! Molly Brown's BAD TIMING and Other
Stories is not so much a short story collection as an
explosion of parallel universes and provocative ideas. Wow!"
"Molly Brown is the best company imaginable. If you can't get a date with
her (and you probably can't), the next best thing is reading her stories --
which are funny, creepy, sweet, touching and wicked in equal parts. If you
buy this book, you won't regret it in the morning."
"Molly Brown's short stories are extremely crisp, clever and a joy to
read... a collection is long overdue."
"Molly Brown's first short story collection is a blast: an
effervescent mix of comedy, horror, and sheer weirdness."
"Identity-challenging SF with a hint of Philip K. Dick mixes with light
comedy and outright horror... If there's a dud tale in this collection
I've skipped over it. The gems would be enough to make up for them
"Subversive, darkly comic... Brown picks up elements from SF, fantasy,
horror and everyday life, gives them a brisk shaking and dumps them in
our laps. This Pandora's box of a book is well worth opening."
"Bad Timing and Other Stories covers the body of published short
work by Molly Brown (one of Interzone's shining lights), and what
an exciting writer she is... Some pieces are just downright weird
(I loved them for this, by the way), and many others moved from
funny to scary. There is much here for all tastes with barely a
disappointment to be found."
"Molly Brown has long been one of the most idiosyncratic and distinctive
of writers, dealing in fiction that frequently defies category (or more
precisely, creates its own category). This beguiling collection is a
demonstration that the short story is a particular metier of hers, and the
disturbing offerings here present a panoply of dark imagination... Is it
a crime piece? a horror story? Forget the categories - simply enjoy the
fractured visions that Brown provides in this astringent collection."
"I would happily recommend it to readers who enjoy the bizarre, the weird
and the way-out."
"... an impressive and unusual range... She works equally well in horror, science fiction, and comic fantasy."
"Every story in this collection has merit and many are outstanding.
Because of the great variety, this is one author whose collection
you can happily read in one sitting."
(Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association)
"One gets the feeling, reading her, that she could turn out upon
request anything from a Joanna Russ feminist parable to
Vollmannesque sleaze-beat reportage... Molly Brown is a
writer big enough to contain multitudes."
Science Fiction Weekly
"Bizarre, striking, incisive and hilarious..."
"Every story catches the reader from the first line. You have
to find out what is going to happen!"
"The tone can be anything from lighthearted and funny to the
darkest noir... With so much variety of style and mood, and
so many twists and turns in every tale, there should be something
to appeal to everyone."
"There are vampires, cannibals, Chinese sorcerers, cops and
anarchists... Even the grimmest stories will make you grin."
"Anybody who enjoys intelligent, witty stories that straddle
sci-fi, horror and crime will want to read these stories again
"I'm hungry for more from this versatile and talented writer."
excerpts from customer reviews posted on amazon.co.uk
"With these short stories, you are spoiling us."
Order Bad Timing and Other Stories from Amazon.co.uk or direct from the publisher.
about Molly Brown,
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(c) 1996 - 2001 Molly Brown