The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions

The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions

by RobertRankin (Author)

Synopsis

The pickled Martian's tentacles are fraying at the ends and Professor Coffin's Most Meritorious Unnatural Attraction (the remains of the original alien autopsy, performed by Sir Frederick Treves at the London Hospital) is no longer drawing the crowds. It's 1895; nearly a decade since Mars invaded Earth, chronicled by H.G. Wells in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Wrecked Martian spaceships, back-engineered by Charles Babbage and Nikola Tesla, have carried the Queen's Own Electric Fusiliers to the red planet, and Mars is now part of the ever-expanding British Empire. The less-than-scrupulous sideshow proprietor likes Off-worlders' cash, so he needs a sensational new attraction. Word has reached him of the Japanese Devil Fish Girl; nothing quite like her has ever existed before. But Professor Coffin's quest to possess the ultimate showman's exhibit is about to cause considerable friction amongst the folk of other planets. Sufficient, in fact, to spark off Worlds War Two.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Publisher: Gollancz
Published: 11 Aug 2011

ISBN 10: 0575088540
ISBN 13: 9780575088542
Book Overview: Robert Rankin's Far-Fetched-Fictional Steampunk sequel to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS!

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A phantasmagorical cornucopia of Wellsian whimsy, dizzying intergalactical intrigue and daring doings that seldom fails to divert, delight and amuse. * WAR-OFTHE-WORLDS.CO.UK *
Author Bio
Robert Rankin is the author of THE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE TOYMINATOR, KNEES UP MOTHER EARTH, THE BRIGHTONOMICON, THE WITCHES OF CHISWICK, THE DA-DA-DE-DA-DA CODE, NECROPHENIA and RETROMANCER. He lives in Brighton.