Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Surfers at the End of Time, by Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw

[Asimov's]
★★☆☆☆

(SF Surfer Humor; Delbert & Zep) Zep invents a board that can surf through time, and he and Del have an excellent adventure. (19,680 words; Time: 1h:05m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

Although there are many other Delbert and Zep stories, there’s no need to read the earlier ones before reading this one.

"Surfers at the End of Time," by and (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.617 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: As always, the story is a mix of surreal events, hilarious commentary from Zep and Delbert with occasional bits of valid science. But the point isn’t to analyze the events; the point is to enjoy the ride.

Con: It goes on too long without anything resembling a compelling plot. I actually got tired enough I would have put it down if I weren’t going to write a review of it. Worse, I got tired of the characters. You don’t read Delbert and Zep stories for the plot; you read them for the characters, so if Del and Zep are boring me, it’s a disaster.

I think one problem is that the boys were more lovable when they were younger. They’ve graduated from being beach bums to just bums, and that’s not a pretty look.

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