The Doctor and the Rough RiderMike Resnick
fantasy, alternate history > steampunk
The successful "Wild West meets steampunk" series continues
It's August 19, 1884. The consumptive Doc Holliday is preparing to await his end in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, when the medicine man Geronimo enlists him on a mission. The time the great chief has predicted has come, the one white man he's willing to treat with has crossed the Mississippi and is heading to Tombstone — a young man named Theodore Roosevelt.
The various tribes know that Geronimo is willing to end the spell that has kept the United States from expanding west of the Mississippi. In response, they have created a huge, monstrous, medicine man named War Bonnet, whose function is to kill Roosevelt and Geronimo and keep the United States east of the river forever. And War Bonnet has enlisted the master shootist John Wesley Hardin.
So the battle lines are drawn: Roosevelt and Geronimo against the most powerful of the medicine men, a supernatural creature that seemingly nothing can harm; and Holliday against the man with more credited kills than any gunfighter in history. It does not promise to be a tranquil summer.
Michael Diamond Resnick (1942-2020) was an American science fiction writer and editor. He won five Hugo awards, a Nebula award, was the guest of honor at Chicon 7, and was executive editor of Jim Baen's Universe.
His daughter Laura Resnick is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author.
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Weird West Tales :: Series
Doc Holiday, post-Okay Corral, teams up with a succession of historical figures to battle the enemies of a steampunk America.