Here’s something for anyone who has any interest in the science fiction/fantasy sub-genre call the “space western.” And that is that Wyatt McLaren has just published a brand-new collection of three Buck Johnson stories that includes an interesting section of author commentary. If you like westerns and cowboy stories set on other worlds, you’ll likely want to take a look at this collection titled Dragon Drive on Terul.
Here’s how the blurb reads:
“. . . this book takes something new and places it with the old. Never before have I seen a book where the wild west meets the fantasy side. Who would have thought that a grumpy cowboy would be out there rounding up dragons. The book was very exciting . . .”
It was tough enough herding longhorns – an undertaking fraught with danger and hardship – to Abilene or Kansas City or Sioux City. So just think what it would be like trailing dragons instead of cattle hundreds of miles across the uninviting terrain of planet Terul.
But Buck Johnson, Skeeter Evans, and Snort Jones are attempting it. And if everything goes right, they’ll sell the dragons for a good price and finally be able to get off Terul. But things seldom go as planned – especially when dragons and Terullians are involved.
This three-plus-more collection of Buck Johnson stories, titled “Dragon Drive on Terul,” comprises three short stories and a bonus section of author commentary. Think of Star Trek, The Rounders, and a little Lonesome Dove all shaken together and poured out, and you’ll have some idea of what you’re about to taste when you step into Buck Johnson’s life.
All the necessary characters that the genre calls for are here: the strong, irascible, often flawed boss; the loyal, indolent, slow-moving sidekick; and his more flamboyant, unpredictable foil. And the setting is wild enough to allow the western aspect of it to play out as it should.
If you like a little bit of science fiction and fantasy mixed with a lot of western/cowboy story, give Dragon Drive on Terul a read.
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