Crosstime Traffic (1992) is a SFF collection. This volume contains nineteen short stories -- fourteen SF stories and five Fantasies -- and an introduction.
- "Introduction" (1992) by the author explains why he wrote short stories and how long it took to get one published.
- "Paranoia Fantasy #1" (American Atheist, 1975) is the first short story he sold to a magazine. The other three Paranoia stories haven't sold as of the publication date.
- "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers" (Asimov's, 1987) is his most successful short story. It won a Hugo and was nominated for the Nebula.
- "A Flying Saucer with Minnesota Plates" (Asimov's, 1991) is also about Harry's.
- "An Infinity of Karen" (Amazing, 1988) was originally entitled "Eurydice", but the editor didn't think anyone would get the reference.
- "The Drifter" (Amazing, 1991) finds a crosstime experiment volunteer drifting through the timelines.
- "Storm Trooper" (Asimov's, 1991) confronts the DSC squad with another police agency.
- "One-Shot" (Asimov's, 1990) brings a time traveler back to save JFK.
- "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" (Alternate Presidents, 1992) is an alternate history story about the 1932 election.
- "Real Time" (Asimov's, 1988) considers a time traveler stranded in the past, but still defending the future.
- "New Worlds" (Asimov's, 1991) takes a crosstime crew to a world with FLT travel.
- "One Night at the Local Bar" (Space Gamer, 1980) takes a spacer to a Terran bar crowded with all kinds of human varients.
- "Science Fiction" (Analog, 1991) follows two boys as they build a spaceship in the backyard.
- "Watching New York Melt " (Newer York, 1990) is about the attitude of NYC inhabitants. This story was co-written with the author's wife.
- "Monster Kidnaps Girl at Mad Scientist's Command" (Pulphouse, 1992) lampoons the media, but has a happy ending.
- "Windwagon Smith and the Martians" (Asimov's, 1988) carries Smith and his windwagon to Mars for a race.
- "The Rune and the Dragon" (Dragon, 1984) is a Fantasy that doesn't end in the way you would expect.
- "The Palace of Al-Tir al-Abtan" (Marion Zimmer's, 1989) is a Fantasy with a wizard and a thief that also doesn't end as expected.
- "The Final Folly of Captain Dancy" (Rebirth of Wonder, 1992) relates the problems of the crew after Dancy dies in an alley without telling them what he was planning.
- "After the Dragon is Dead" (Marion Zimmer's, 1990) leaves the hero winning the princess and thinking everything will be happy ever after.
These tales show the author's range, versatility and humor. He seems to prefer a little social commentary in his stories, a well grounded SFF tradition. OTOH, the stories seldom have depressing endings.
However, this author doesn't follow the standard plots. He insists of turning the tale in unexpected directions. For example, "After the Dragon is Dead" starts where so many stories conclude. He also likes to use cliches with a twist.
The author has been selling novels since 1980. The first -- [[ASIN: The Lure of the Basilisk]] -- began The Lords of Dûs series. He has many other series, the longest of which is The Legends of Ethshar,
This is the author's first collection. Other short stories are collected within Celestial Debris. Of course, there is also Tales of Ethshar, but it is constrained to short works within that fantasy milieu.
Highly recommended for Watt-Evans fans and for anyone else who enjoys short tales of science fiction and fantasy. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin