Twenty-two tales by a mythologist for the new millennium, SHIVA AND
OTHER STORIES brings together some of Malzberg's finest work from
the 80s and the 90s for the first time, including many stories
featured in major Year's Best anthologies. From pragmatists like
Huey "Kingfish" Long, who plays human nature like a pat-hand of
cards to win the presidency and then deal with a punk named Adolf
Hitler, to soulless bureaucrats, to a long parade of recalcitrant
dreamers who tragically attempt to impose fantasy on unyielding
reality, Malzberg shows that neither super-science nor djinni magic
can prevail against human folly. At the same time, he's very funny.
A time traveler must confront the crimes he may have committed
against himself. A moralist puts his indignation ahead of his
survival instinct, again, and again, and again; a detective
investigates the murder of the 20th Century itself. This is a wry
and brilliant collection by one of the greatest social critics in
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