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The Avram Davidson Universe

Seth Davis

This is a podcast dedicated to the life work and impact of award-winning author, Avram Davidson. In each episode, we perform a reading and discussion of his works with a special guest. Join the fan club at www.avramdavidson.com. Avram Davidson (1923–1993) was a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and crime fiction. Davidson was born in Yonkers, NY and and served in the Navy during World War II. His life work includes 19 novels and over 200 short stories, all of which have been widely recognized for their wit and originality. Davidson’s works have won awards in three genres: an Edgar Award for mystery, a Hugo Award for science fiction, and three World Fantasy Awards.

The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 9: Emma Speer “The House the Blakeneys Built”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 8: Robert Eversmann “The Great Rough Beast”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 7: Nancy Klein “Beer! Beer! Beer!” Chapter 1The Avram Davidson Universe -Season 2, Episode 6: Rich Horton “The Sources of The Nile"The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 5: Patrick Bringley & Edward Conlon “The Importance of Trifles”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 4: Ted White “Or The Grasses Grow”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 3: Robert Lopresti “The Necessity of His Condition”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 2: John Kessel “Faed-Out”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 2, Episode 1: Dan Murphy & “Beer Like Water”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1.1 episode 3. A Godson's favorite. “The Bounty Hunter" with Avram's students from William & Mary. ”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1.1 episode 3. A Godson's favorite. "The Lord of Central Park"
I have taken much of my description below from a review by Robert Lopresti. I remember reading this novella when it originally appeared in the October 1970 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, under the dreadful name of "Manhattan Night's Entertainment."  Frederic Dannay was a great editor but a horrific tinkerer with titles.  Avram Davidson had one of those staggering imaginations, like John Collier, James Powell, or Terry Pratchett.  You just never knew what would pour out of his typewriter.  In this case it is the simple story of a young lady from New Jersey and her encounters with a pickpocket, the Mafia, the Nafia, an Albanian Trotskyite who wants to blow up the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Hudson River pirates, and, of course, the Lord High Keeper of the Queen's Bears, who lives in a cave in Central Park.  Okay, maybe I lied about it being a simple story.   The main character is really the titular Lord, alias Arthur Marmaduke Roderick Lodowicke William Rufus de Powisse-Plunkert, 11th Marques of Grue and Groole in the peerage of England, 22nd Baron Bogle in the Peerage of Scotland, 6th Earl of Ballypatcooge in the Peerage of Ireland, Viscount Penhokey in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, Laird of Muckle Greet, Master of Snee, and Hereditary Lord High Keeper of the Queen's Bears.   By now you have probably figured out that Davidson loves words, for their own sake.  He also uses them to tell a wonderful story.   The Marquess is broke and dishonest, which explains why he lives in a cave, cadging most of his meals from meat his trained falcon steals off grills on the surrounding balconies.  He is a sharp fellow and when he spots rope in a store window that could only have been swiped from the British Navy he finds himself confronting the aforementioned river pirates who vehemently deny that they are pirates.  You see, Peter Stuyvesant gave the family the right to collect taxes in 1662, just before the Dutch surrendered to the British.  For a moment no word broke the reverent silence.  Then, slowly, Lord Grue and Groole removed his cap.  "And naturally," he said, "your family has never recognized that surrender.  Madam, as an unreconstructed Jacobite, I honor them for it, in your person."  He gravely bowed.  I won't attempt to explain how everyone else fits into this mad mosiac.  Just get your hands on the story and read it.  Why it hasn't been made into a movie is one of those inexplicable mysteries.  It's practically a film right on the page. For more information please visit www.avramdavidson.com
Aug 14 2021
1 hr 42 mins
The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 12: Alexander James & “Full Chicken Richness"The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1.1 episode 1. A Godson's favorite. “Skinny”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 11: Susan Emshwiller & “The Woman Who Thought She Could Read"The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 10: Melissa Rogers & “What Strange Stars and Skies”The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 9: Michael Kurland & “The Montavarde Camera"The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 8: Scott Bradfield & “Dragon Skin Drum"The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 7: Gregory Benford & "Now Let Us Sleep"The Avram Davidson Universe - Season 1, Episode 6: Alan Dean Foster & “Help! I Am Dr. Morris Goldpepper"The Avram Davidson Universe Season 1, Episode 5 Jack Dann & “Goslin Day"