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Callahan's Crosstime Saloon ➬ [Ebook] ➧ Callahan's Crosstime Saloon By Spider Robinson ➸ – Polishdarling.co.uk Callahan s Place is the neighborhood tavern to all of time and space, where the regulars are anything but Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite, and listen to the stories spun by time travele Callahan s Place is the neighborhood tavern to all of time and space, where the regulars are anything but Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite, and listen to the stories spun by time travelers, Callahan's Crosstime Kindle - cybernetic aliens, telepathsand a bunch of regular folks on a mission to save the world, one customer at a timeCallahan s Crosstime Saloon contains the following stories, virtually all of which were published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact The Guy With the Eyes The Time Traveler The Centipede s Dilemma Two Heads Are Better Than One The Law Of Conservation of Pain Just Dessert A Voice is Heard in Ramah Unnatural Causes The Wonderful Conspiracy.


10 thoughts on “Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    The book is a collection of nine short stories all taking place in a Long Island bar called Callahan s Saloon The book became very popular after its publication, but slowly faded into obscurity so I feel I have to explain what exactly this place is Callahan s is a place which is only found by those who need to find it Its patrons are special kind of understanding people that can listen to anybody who wants to share their pain without being nosy or pushy In other words you only tell your ta The book is a collection of nine short stories all taking place in a Long Island bar called Callahan s Saloon The book became very popular after its publication, but slowly faded into obscurity so I feel I have to explain what exactly this place is Callahan s is a place which is only found by those who need to find it Its patrons are special kind of understanding people that can listen to anybody who wants to share their pain without being nosy or pushy In other words you only tell your tale when you are ready The idea is expressed in the following quoteShared sorrow is lessened, shared joy is increasedAlsoJust as there are laws of Conservation of Matter and Energy, so there are in fact Laws of Conservation of Pain and Joy Neither can ever be created or destroyed But one can be converted into the other I can find other quotes in the same vein What makes these stories science fiction is that when I said those who need to the find the place, I meant anybody normal people around NYC area, time travelers, aliens, etc Any being or creature can have its own set of troubles or seemingly unsolvable problems.Once somebody or something come into the open so to speak, the patrons try their best to help, or at least to lessen the pain Any means of doing this are fine from bad and corny puns to loaning a personal car to a complete stranger I mentioned popularity of the book To put it simple Spider Robinson struck a cord In real life people spent countless hours trying to find the imaginary place This goes to say lots of us had a need for Callahan s to exist Sadly all the searches failed So a stranger came to Callahan s After some time he she it unburden him her it self and the people of the crowd take its turn at helping This is a plot of all nine stories While it sounds like a boring repeat, the problems are all very different and the book is short enough not to feel like a reader is stuck in a loop aka Groundhog Day Spider Robinson and the main character of the stories Jake are liberals the way the word was understood in late seventies and some time beyond Rereading this book made me realize something important In the last decade I find my views and those of modern liberals becomeanddifferent I thought it was due to me getting close to old age and all the old people are supposed to be conservatives So now I finished reading and finally understood that my views have not changed What changed was the definition of liberal Now modern liberal reviewers call the book racist because in one story a black guy dies before a white one , homophobic because while there was a transvestite character he was only an episodic one , misogynistic because the ratio between male and female characters was not 50 50 If you do not believe me, read the negative reviews and see for yourself what is wrong with the book Anyhow, my rating is firm 4 stars not outstanding, but really good Thanks to such people I will not call myself a liberal I am definitely not conservative Who the heck am I I promised to avoid ranting, but broke my promise I am sorry P.S Read the book if you are not going to be triggered by all the bad things I just described Avoid it like plague if you hate bad corny puns it is full of them


  2. carol. carol. says:

    Enjoyable short stories, but not quite riveting or deeply involving Robinson originally wrote these stories as a sort of serial for Analog magazine, and as a group, they show that heritage Part of what works for them is the mood, a positive, friendly, we welcome all vibe with a little bit of accommodating wierdness However, story to story becomes repetitive if attempted in one sitting.Where Callahan s stands apart is it s focus on struggling with the problems of existence and meaning, and h Enjoyable short stories, but not quite riveting or deeply involving Robinson originally wrote these stories as a sort of serial for Analog magazine, and as a group, they show that heritage Part of what works for them is the mood, a positive, friendly, we welcome all vibe with a little bit of accommodating wierdness However, story to story becomes repetitive if attempted in one sitting.Where Callahan s stands apart is it s focus on struggling with the problems of existence and meaning, and humanity, and the great focus the bar clientele have on empathizing with each other This is Cheers with puns instead of sarcastic put downs Be warned, Callahan s clientele truly love puns, and they will edge into the most serious of stories Xanth ain t got nothing on Callahan s.Mostly stories aren t explicitly sci fi, being set in an modern anytime New York bar but instead play with sci fi concepts like time travel, lurking aliens, and humans with extra abilities Never fear, all problems can be solved with some creativity and thought And most likely, bad puns


  3. Stephen Stephen says:

    4.0 stars I think the above describes the essence of the book much better than I can, but I will go ahead and ramble for a few paragraphs anyway However, before I begin PLEASE BE AWARE that this review contains some overt sentimentality and just plain sappiness If it gets to be too much, you might want to have a salty snack standing by to help take the edge off of course then you might need a to wash it down, which is actually a nice lead in to a review about a book that tak 4.0 stars I think the above describes the essence of the book much better than I can, but I will go ahead and ramble for a few paragraphs anyway However, before I begin PLEASE BE AWARE that this review contains some overt sentimentality and just plain sappiness If it gets to be too much, you might want to have a salty snack standing by to help take the edge off of course then you might need a to wash it down, which is actually a nice lead in to a review about a book that takes place entirely in a bar.This is the quintessential feel good book and one that literally kept me smiling and probably looking goofy while I was reading it Now this book will not knock your hair back with its brilliant, elegant prose and you won t find any original or groundbreaking SF concepts or ideas In fact, while there are SF elements in most of the stories, these elements are, for the most part, simply background material What this book will do is hopefully make you smile and feel better about the world around you, even if only while you are reading it It is like a warm blanket for the soul or a call from an old friend that you haven t spoken to in ages It may not change your life, but it will certainly brighten your day The Callahan Chronicles, of which this is the first book, take place entirely in a bar called you guessed it Callahan s Place The owner is Mike Callahan and his tavern is not on any map but is where people just find themselves when they are in pain or have lost their way in the world It is a place where everyone genuinely cares about one another and where anyone who has something they want to get off their chest can find an audience willing to listen There are no moral judgments made and nothing is off limits As shown above, it is a place built around the concept that shared pain is lessened and shared joy is increased. The book itself is a collection of short stories that deal with a variety of personal and societal issues There is some politics, some religion, some economics and some discussions of war and drug addiction However, despite the seriousness of the topics discussed, the stories and dialogue have a very down home, pastoral feel to it and there is nothing that could be called preaching or lecturing in the conversations To sum up, Callahan s Place is a wonderful place to go and listen to good people help other good people through difficult times It might even make you feel better about humanity in general if only for a little while HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  4. Jamie Jamie says:

    I read five of the nine stories contained herein Not my bag I found it overly chummy,maudlin and less humorous than I was expecting.


  5. Toby Toby says:

    If you say only one thing about this book, I believe that thing would be fun.Spider Robinson s collection of bar stories are barely science fiction but as Ben Bova points out in his introduction, does that really matter These anecdotes are all about encouaging growth as people and a species and taking an attitude of emapthy towads your fellow man, and they re great fun too.I have no idea why it is a Crosstime Saloon, I d assumed it was a bar in some kind of time space vortex outside the n If you say only one thing about this book, I believe that thing would be fun.Spider Robinson s collection of bar stories are barely science fiction but as Ben Bova points out in his introduction, does that really matter These anecdotes are all about encouaging growth as people and a species and taking an attitude of emapthy towads your fellow man, and they re great fun too.I have no idea why it is a Crosstime Saloon, I d assumed it was a bar in some kind of time space vortex outside the normal boundaries of our world but that doesn t really apply as far as I could tell Callahan is a a great Irish bear of a man of encourages his regulars to have pun Sorry, fun Their favourite game is playing with words, especially on Punday nights Tuesdays and they exist as a sounding board for those in despair to share their tales of woe.The stories are peopled with a selection of wonderful characters with improbable names much like Spider Robinson infact and a wicked sense of fun if you come for the science fiction in the first story you ll stick around for the puns and the characters through eightand won t be disappointed in the slightest


  6. Chris Chris says:

    It s very, very, VERY hard to describe this book It s actuallyimportant to understand Callahan s.Callahan s is a bar on Long Island that is, essentially, group therapy The regulars help each other and strangers out with their problems They make toasts by paying double for their drink and throwing the glass into the fireplace, and the toasts are often the opening to a whole new discussion about morality, politics, and empathy Also drinking And puns LOTS of puns.Is this sci fi Many It s very, very, VERY hard to describe this book It s actuallyimportant to understand Callahan s.Callahan s is a bar on Long Island that is, essentially, group therapy The regulars help each other and strangers out with their problems They make toasts by paying double for their drink and throwing the glass into the fireplace, and the toasts are often the opening to a whole new discussion about morality, politics, and empathy Also drinking And puns LOTS of puns.Is this sci fi Many people say no, I say sure, why not It does fitinto weird fiction than any other sci fi genre, but if you can have aliens and time travelers in a story, I say it s good enough to be called sci fi.This isn t a space opera, or a heroic journey to the stars It s a book about people, their problems, and how the understanding and empathy of fellow human beings even if they re drunk can fix a lot of things This book will at times challenge you, and make you think about how your own brain and emotions work, yet still is an uplifting collection as a whole I recommend this to any sci fi fan who is willing to go off the beaten path, and experience a whole new way of looking at the genre Also, if you re a serious sci fi fan and have never even heard of these C mon


  7. Wanda Wanda says:

    This is a good coffee break book you really wouldn t want to readthan a chapter at a time Although I can appreciate puns, I guess I m not as into that as most Spider Robinson fans.


  8. Newly Wardell Newly Wardell says:

    Some books make you long for indescribable things I ve never been in a bar without a tv I cant imagine a group of people going to a bar to enjoy themselves with other patrons I m not a fan of bars but Callahan s is a spot for and unlikely spot for soothing what ails This book was written over 40 years ago and yet its tales of loneliness and pain could be told today without changing a word It s a collection of short stories and they all sort of build off each other while having legs of their Some books make you long for indescribable things I ve never been in a bar without a tv I cant imagine a group of people going to a bar to enjoy themselves with other patrons I m not a fan of bars but Callahan s is a spot for and unlikely spot for soothing what ails This book was written over 40 years ago and yet its tales of loneliness and pain could be told today without changing a word It s a collection of short stories and they all sort of build off each other while having legs of their own The Time Traveler tore my cynical heart in twain Few stories have such fully formed characters The stories made me laugh, think and cry Not in that order People find themselves in Callahan s because they need to be there, I feel like this story finds readers in much the same way Someone on goodreads suggested Spider Robinson and I am forever grateful He is a darn good writer His way of telling a story just floors me I wanna say he s a lyrical storyteller, if there is such a thing I mean he s all over the place I cried because of bad brakes and I cant even drive This book has aliens, 2 time travelers and Adolph Hitler but these arent the things that stick out the most The part that stays with you is the spectrum of humanity and why its important to preserve it They will never make this into a movie but I really want to It s that good


  9. Mike Mike says:

    Come for the review, stay for the pun Fans of Spider Robinson will, I hope, get it.


  10. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    Bloody fantastic I received this as a gift a few years ago and just now got around to reading it as I have too many damn books in my to read pile Now I ve found my new favorite sci fi author, and absolutely plan to getof the books from this series There s plenty in here to provoke thoughts about religion, morality, psychology, sexuality, etc, and plenty of awesome puns It s a fantastic mixture of light and seriousness which had me riveted from the first chapter.


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10 thoughts on “Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    The book is a collection of nine short stories all taking place in a Long Island bar called Callahan s Saloon The book became very popular after its publication, but slowly faded into obscurity so I feel I have to explain what exactly this place is Callahan s is a place which is only found by those who need to find it Its patrons are special kind of understanding people that can listen to anybody who wants to share their pain without being nosy or pushy In other words you only tell your ta The book is a collection of nine short stories all taking place in a Long Island bar called Callahan s Saloon The book became very popular after its publication, but slowly faded into obscurity so I feel I have to explain what exactly this place is Callahan s is a place which is only found by those who need to find it Its patrons are special kind of understanding people that can listen to anybody who wants to share their pain without being nosy or pushy In other words you only tell your tale when you are ready The idea is expressed in the following quoteShared sorrow is lessened, shared joy is increasedAlsoJust as there are laws of Conservation of Matter and Energy, so there are in fact Laws of Conservation of Pain and Joy Neither can ever be created or destroyed But one can be converted into the other I can find other quotes in the same vein What makes these stories science fiction is that when I said those who need to the find the place, I meant anybody normal people around NYC area, time travelers, aliens, etc Any being or creature can have its own set of troubles or seemingly unsolvable problems.Once somebody or something come into the open so to speak, the patrons try their best to help, or at least to lessen the pain Any means of doing this are fine from bad and corny puns to loaning a personal car to a complete stranger I mentioned popularity of the book To put it simple Spider Robinson struck a cord In real life people spent countless hours trying to find the imaginary place This goes to say lots of us had a need for Callahan s to exist Sadly all the searches failed So a stranger came to Callahan s After some time he she it unburden him her it self and the people of the crowd take its turn at helping This is a plot of all nine stories While it sounds like a boring repeat, the problems are all very different and the book is short enough not to feel like a reader is stuck in a loop aka Groundhog Day Spider Robinson and the main character of the stories Jake are liberals the way the word was understood in late seventies and some time beyond Rereading this book made me realize something important In the last decade I find my views and those of modern liberals becomeanddifferent I thought it was due to me getting close to old age and all the old people are supposed to be conservatives So now I finished reading and finally understood that my views have not changed What changed was the definition of liberal Now modern liberal reviewers call the book racist because in one story a black guy dies before a white one , homophobic because while there was a transvestite character he was only an episodic one , misogynistic because the ratio between male and female characters was not 50 50 If you do not believe me, read the negative reviews and see for yourself what is wrong with the book Anyhow, my rating is firm 4 stars not outstanding, but really good Thanks to such people I will not call myself a liberal I am definitely not conservative Who the heck am I I promised to avoid ranting, but broke my promise I am sorry P.S Read the book if you are not going to be triggered by all the bad things I just described Avoid it like plague if you hate bad corny puns it is full of them


  2. carol. carol. says:

    Enjoyable short stories, but not quite riveting or deeply involving Robinson originally wrote these stories as a sort of serial for Analog magazine, and as a group, they show that heritage Part of what works for them is the mood, a positive, friendly, we welcome all vibe with a little bit of accommodating wierdness However, story to story becomes repetitive if attempted in one sitting.Where Callahan s stands apart is it s focus on struggling with the problems of existence and meaning, and h Enjoyable short stories, but not quite riveting or deeply involving Robinson originally wrote these stories as a sort of serial for Analog magazine, and as a group, they show that heritage Part of what works for them is the mood, a positive, friendly, we welcome all vibe with a little bit of accommodating wierdness However, story to story becomes repetitive if attempted in one sitting.Where Callahan s stands apart is it s focus on struggling with the problems of existence and meaning, and humanity, and the great focus the bar clientele have on empathizing with each other This is Cheers with puns instead of sarcastic put downs Be warned, Callahan s clientele truly love puns, and they will edge into the most serious of stories Xanth ain t got nothing on Callahan s.Mostly stories aren t explicitly sci fi, being set in an modern anytime New York bar but instead play with sci fi concepts like time travel, lurking aliens, and humans with extra abilities Never fear, all problems can be solved with some creativity and thought And most likely, bad puns


  3. Stephen Stephen says:

    4.0 stars I think the above describes the essence of the book much better than I can, but I will go ahead and ramble for a few paragraphs anyway However, before I begin PLEASE BE AWARE that this review contains some overt sentimentality and just plain sappiness If it gets to be too much, you might want to have a salty snack standing by to help take the edge off of course then you might need a to wash it down, which is actually a nice lead in to a review about a book that tak 4.0 stars I think the above describes the essence of the book much better than I can, but I will go ahead and ramble for a few paragraphs anyway However, before I begin PLEASE BE AWARE that this review contains some overt sentimentality and just plain sappiness If it gets to be too much, you might want to have a salty snack standing by to help take the edge off of course then you might need a to wash it down, which is actually a nice lead in to a review about a book that takes place entirely in a bar.This is the quintessential feel good book and one that literally kept me smiling and probably looking goofy while I was reading it Now this book will not knock your hair back with its brilliant, elegant prose and you won t find any original or groundbreaking SF concepts or ideas In fact, while there are SF elements in most of the stories, these elements are, for the most part, simply background material What this book will do is hopefully make you smile and feel better about the world around you, even if only while you are reading it It is like a warm blanket for the soul or a call from an old friend that you haven t spoken to in ages It may not change your life, but it will certainly brighten your day The Callahan Chronicles, of which this is the first book, take place entirely in a bar called you guessed it Callahan s Place The owner is Mike Callahan and his tavern is not on any map but is where people just find themselves when they are in pain or have lost their way in the world It is a place where everyone genuinely cares about one another and where anyone who has something they want to get off their chest can find an audience willing to listen There are no moral judgments made and nothing is off limits As shown above, it is a place built around the concept that shared pain is lessened and shared joy is increased. The book itself is a collection of short stories that deal with a variety of personal and societal issues There is some politics, some religion, some economics and some discussions of war and drug addiction However, despite the seriousness of the topics discussed, the stories and dialogue have a very down home, pastoral feel to it and there is nothing that could be called preaching or lecturing in the conversations To sum up, Callahan s Place is a wonderful place to go and listen to good people help other good people through difficult times It might even make you feel better about humanity in general if only for a little while HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  4. Jamie Jamie says:

    I read five of the nine stories contained herein Not my bag I found it overly chummy,maudlin and less humorous than I was expecting.


  5. Toby Toby says:

    If you say only one thing about this book, I believe that thing would be fun.Spider Robinson s collection of bar stories are barely science fiction but as Ben Bova points out in his introduction, does that really matter These anecdotes are all about encouaging growth as people and a species and taking an attitude of emapthy towads your fellow man, and they re great fun too.I have no idea why it is a Crosstime Saloon, I d assumed it was a bar in some kind of time space vortex outside the n If you say only one thing about this book, I believe that thing would be fun.Spider Robinson s collection of bar stories are barely science fiction but as Ben Bova points out in his introduction, does that really matter These anecdotes are all about encouaging growth as people and a species and taking an attitude of emapthy towads your fellow man, and they re great fun too.I have no idea why it is a Crosstime Saloon, I d assumed it was a bar in some kind of time space vortex outside the normal boundaries of our world but that doesn t really apply as far as I could tell Callahan is a a great Irish bear of a man of encourages his regulars to have pun Sorry, fun Their favourite game is playing with words, especially on Punday nights Tuesdays and they exist as a sounding board for those in despair to share their tales of woe.The stories are peopled with a selection of wonderful characters with improbable names much like Spider Robinson infact and a wicked sense of fun if you come for the science fiction in the first story you ll stick around for the puns and the characters through eightand won t be disappointed in the slightest


  6. Chris Chris says:

    It s very, very, VERY hard to describe this book It s actuallyimportant to understand Callahan s.Callahan s is a bar on Long Island that is, essentially, group therapy The regulars help each other and strangers out with their problems They make toasts by paying double for their drink and throwing the glass into the fireplace, and the toasts are often the opening to a whole new discussion about morality, politics, and empathy Also drinking And puns LOTS of puns.Is this sci fi Many It s very, very, VERY hard to describe this book It s actuallyimportant to understand Callahan s.Callahan s is a bar on Long Island that is, essentially, group therapy The regulars help each other and strangers out with their problems They make toasts by paying double for their drink and throwing the glass into the fireplace, and the toasts are often the opening to a whole new discussion about morality, politics, and empathy Also drinking And puns LOTS of puns.Is this sci fi Many people say no, I say sure, why not It does fitinto weird fiction than any other sci fi genre, but if you can have aliens and time travelers in a story, I say it s good enough to be called sci fi.This isn t a space opera, or a heroic journey to the stars It s a book about people, their problems, and how the understanding and empathy of fellow human beings even if they re drunk can fix a lot of things This book will at times challenge you, and make you think about how your own brain and emotions work, yet still is an uplifting collection as a whole I recommend this to any sci fi fan who is willing to go off the beaten path, and experience a whole new way of looking at the genre Also, if you re a serious sci fi fan and have never even heard of these C mon


  7. Wanda Wanda says:

    This is a good coffee break book you really wouldn t want to readthan a chapter at a time Although I can appreciate puns, I guess I m not as into that as most Spider Robinson fans.


  8. Newly Wardell Newly Wardell says:

    Some books make you long for indescribable things I ve never been in a bar without a tv I cant imagine a group of people going to a bar to enjoy themselves with other patrons I m not a fan of bars but Callahan s is a spot for and unlikely spot for soothing what ails This book was written over 40 years ago and yet its tales of loneliness and pain could be told today without changing a word It s a collection of short stories and they all sort of build off each other while having legs of their Some books make you long for indescribable things I ve never been in a bar without a tv I cant imagine a group of people going to a bar to enjoy themselves with other patrons I m not a fan of bars but Callahan s is a spot for and unlikely spot for soothing what ails This book was written over 40 years ago and yet its tales of loneliness and pain could be told today without changing a word It s a collection of short stories and they all sort of build off each other while having legs of their own The Time Traveler tore my cynical heart in twain Few stories have such fully formed characters The stories made me laugh, think and cry Not in that order People find themselves in Callahan s because they need to be there, I feel like this story finds readers in much the same way Someone on goodreads suggested Spider Robinson and I am forever grateful He is a darn good writer His way of telling a story just floors me I wanna say he s a lyrical storyteller, if there is such a thing I mean he s all over the place I cried because of bad brakes and I cant even drive This book has aliens, 2 time travelers and Adolph Hitler but these arent the things that stick out the most The part that stays with you is the spectrum of humanity and why its important to preserve it They will never make this into a movie but I really want to It s that good


  9. Mike Mike says:

    Come for the review, stay for the pun Fans of Spider Robinson will, I hope, get it.


  10. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    Bloody fantastic I received this as a gift a few years ago and just now got around to reading it as I have too many damn books in my to read pile Now I ve found my new favorite sci fi author, and absolutely plan to getof the books from this series There s plenty in here to provoke thoughts about religion, morality, psychology, sexuality, etc, and plenty of awesome puns It s a fantastic mixture of light and seriousness which had me riveted from the first chapter.


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