Two novels included, both by McCrumb: "Bimbos of the Death Sun" and "Zombies of the Gene Pool". From the dust jacket, on 'Bimbos': "Engineering professor Dr. James Owens Mega--aka Jay Omega, author of the new science fiction paperback, 'Bimbos of the DeathSun'--is at Rubicon, his first science fiction convention. The halls are alive with Trekkers, tech nerds and fantasy gamers decked out in all their Viking finery. Everyone is eager to hail best selling author Appin Dungannon, whose gleeful disdain for his fans is legendary. But somewhere between the exhibition 'Dungeons & Dragons' game and the costume contest, Dungannon gets done in. As Jay encounters possible suspects with their own horror stories of Dungannon's behavior, he realizes...who didn't want to kill him?" On 'Zombies': "In 'Zombies of the Gene Pool', eitht young men dreaming of literary immortality bury a time capsule in the 1950s. Years later, when some of them are famous, the time capsule is excavated amidst a great deal of media hoopla. Things are going splendidly until a guest shows up: a writer who supposedly died 30 years ago. And he is threatening to expose secrets that have been buried all these years. When murder throws the whole agenda into chaos, Jay Omega must separate science ficiton from fact--and unearth another story..."
When I first read "Bimbos of the Death Sun" years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed this parody of a sci-fi convention coupled with a murder mystery. While not a member of that scene myself, I was aware of the culture and do confess to having attended a sci-fi convention (I wore my regular clothes). I later became aware that the author of "Bimbos" wrote a sequel called "Zombies of the Gene Pool."
If you read "Bimbos," than you need to be aware that "Zombies" has the same two protagonists, but without the parody and constant humor. It is almost as if it were a different series. While interesting, "Zombies" is not as much fun as "Bimbos."