Oh my... you know not....?GlytchMeister wrote:Callahan's?
Spider Robinson's SF-ish stories set in "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon". They're told from the viewpoint of Jake, a folksinger and guitarist.
Puns are just as much part of the atmosphere at Callahan's as they are here. I'd guess that the Callahan's stories have been a formative influence on a lot of us here... probably on most of the most-insufferable among us.
My recommendation: start at the beginning ("The Guy With The Eyes") and go through them in order... there are spoilers if you jump around too much.
Go. Find copies. Read.
Lemme put it this way... the spirit of the Wapsi forums, and the spirit of a particular noisy Irish bar called Callahan's, are twins separated at birth. Lots in common.
EDIT: just dug around a bit and found that Spider has done a bunch of podcasts... including one in which he reads "The Guy With The Eyes"!
http://www.spiderrobinson.com/podcast.html for the index, http://media.libsyn.com/media/spiderweb/SOTW050a.mp3 to get this specific podcast directly.
He also has one where he reads Sturgeon's "Slow Sculpture"... and another, entitled "Suicide Prevention Kit", in which he reads Sturgeon's "A Saucer Of Loneliness"! This makes today one of the best Mondays I've had in quite a while... gotta do some downloading!
Talk about formative influences... Spider has described "Saucer" as one of the two reasons he didn't blow his brains out during a tough period in his youth. Although I can't make quite the same claim, I do deeply understand why he cherishes that particular story.
EDIT again: God's navel! He's got a reading of "The Magnificent Conspiracy" as well. I am so glad I looked!