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The Dinosaur Train by James L. Cambrias
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Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley
The Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallnan
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I Know a Woman by Quinn Dalton
Leaving a Light On by Claire LaZebnik
Lifetime Loser by James Ross
Moving Day by Cindy Chupack
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Persistence of Memory by J. M. Snyder
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The Political Prisoner by Charles Coleman Finlay
Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Regent's Knight by J. M. Snyder
Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace
Simplexity by Jeffrey Kluger
Smoky the Baby Goat by Mary Elting Folsom and Veronica Reed
There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch by Clare Beaton and Stella Blackstone
The Truth About Nigel by Jennifer Weiner
The Two-Month Itch by Sarah Mlynowski
Voodoo Dolls, C-Cups and Eminem by Melissa Senate
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Comments for The Dinosaur Train

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionThe Dinosaur Train: 08/06/08

"The Dinosaur Train" by James L. Cambrias in the July 2008 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction reminds me of "Bread and Circus" by Steven Popkes (FSF February 2008). Here, though, the saguaros aren't playing football; they are performing in a traveling circus in 1980. They are struggling to hold on to the hey day of the traveling act by including a laser light show and disco music. Unfortunately, Brenda, the star of the show, is off her feed and no one knows why.

Cambrias describes 1980 better than many nostalgic stories do. He sets the scene with generic brand cola, disco and Ronald Regan. There's also that lingering feeling that the golden age of American culture was over.

Then there is Brenda the brachiosaurus Imagine if Winsor McCay's Gertie had been real and had gotten that chance to tour the United States and sixty years later, he and she were still touring.

Read more at The Worm Seat, The Barking Dog.

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