I was a little disappointed with this one. After enjoying CALLAHAN'S CROSSTIME SALOON, I was expecting another exclusive collection of stories from that great gathering place. However, this anthology contained several unrelated offerings, as well as selected 'war' stories and and book reviews from the author's life and career. The prose was good, but not what the cover suggests.
The sequel to "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon", short stories featuring new characters plus the old regulars. Human or otherwise, hale and hearty or down and out, regardless of race, creed, or dimension of origin - you're all welcome at Callahan's!
The reason this book scored so low is the downright serious taking both the Lord Jesus Christ's and God's names in vain and the profanity in the stories that weren't Callahan's Place.
The cover picture has nothing to do with the stories in the book. The aliens are not in the book. You might say one of the ones on the cover is in a story, except he is drawn as an alien instead of a human. The lady is very sad, not happy. The other humans, unless I missed someone, do not look like anyone in the book.
60% of the short stories in this book are written for Callahan's Place(Bar) where "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased". Many strange things happen at Callahan's Place including a time traveler story and a someone coming into this continuum from another one. There is very little profanity in the Callahan's Place stories.
There is one great chapter (IMHO) about the affect that R.A.H. (Robert A. Heinlein's) short stories and novels have had on people and the world in general. He is my favorite science fiction author.
Since it would be impractical to get the Robert A. Heinlein's chapter copies right two sided, and get them collated right, let alone the Callahan's Place also,
Since I do not want to reread the taking both the Lord Jesus Christ's and God's names in vain, which I would have to do to find which non-Callahan's Place chapter to avoid I am going to use a Sharpie® on the front cover to say read only the R.A.H. chapter and the Callahan's Place chapters.