COWBOY HEAVEN by Ron Goulart


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Goulart's comic-strip narratives are just good enough to make you wish he'd write a real science-fiction novel. Cowboy Heaven is a memorabilia palace about to open in Texas; the plot concerns the efforts of an agent to send a malfunctioning robot stand-in to the opening in place of veteran property Jake Troop, whose $70,000 Japanese mechanical ticker is unfortunately on its last transistor. There's the usual complement of lively Goulart throwaways (""Effigy is a tough medium to work in"") and routines: a couple of rival rainmakers running for governor of California; the robot Jake's tendency to switch over to the memory banks of a George Saintsbury android. Otherwise, the kind of vehicle the Jumblies went to sea in.

Pub Date: Feb. 2nd, 1978
Publisher: Doubleday