I remember reading these as a teen and loved them but have very little recollection of the details.
As I recall it was a series of short stories, several books in all, set in a bar somewhere on Earth where many of the visitors were interstellar travelers of various types.
They were well-written and entertaining and I recall there was a blurb on the cover of at least some of the books to the effect that the series had won some sort of juvenile SF award.
I'd like to reacquaint myself with this series, especially as my kids are nearing the age at which they might enjoy reading these stories as well.
Greatly appreciate any help.
August 4th, 2009, 04:44 AM
Larry Niven's example is Draco's Tavern (link HERE (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/n/larry-niven/draco-tavern.htm)); more likely it's Spider Robinson's Callaghan's Bar, as there's quite a few of these. (list HERE (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/spider-robinson/).)
For younger readers, perhaps, there's Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (link HERE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_from_the_Mos_Eisley_Cantina)) edited by Kevin J Anderson. Perhaps the most famous bar in SF!
August 4th, 2009, 06:56 AM
In the '70s and '80s, Spider Robinson achieved a kind of fame for godawful punnery for his series of stories about Callaghan's bar. Over the last 15-20 years, he's been writing novels that center around the bar.
Before that, there were the Gavagan's Bar stories by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt. I believe Tales From Gavagan's Bar was one title. They pretty much set the standard.
August 4th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Bingo! Callahan's Crosstime Saloon and at least the one subsequent book are the ones I remember. I'd forgotten all about the punniness, but sure enough, it's starting to come back.
These must still be popular as the used paperback price on Amazon is near twenty bucks.
August 4th, 2009, 10:59 AM
Oh good: result!
Didn't realise they were that hard to get, Glenn: but i'm sure with a little bit of searching on the ol' Internet you can get them cheaper....
And Randy: thanks for reminding me of the L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt connection. I was trying to think of those this morning but couldn't quite remember.
August 4th, 2009, 12:17 PM
Although certainly not the desired stories, the British produced "Tales from the White Hart" by Arthur C. Clarke back in 1957 link (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/arthur-c-clarke/tales-from-white-hart.htm).
August 4th, 2009, 12:49 PM
I'd agree with that, mostlyharmless. I've one of those lovely signed PS Publications editions that I ordered just before ACC died....