Five things about The unicorn trade in lieu of a review

1) Some pieces by Poul, some by Karen; happily, the best stories are the collaborations.

2) Lots and lots of poetry by Karen … none of it all that good.  Odes to astronauts and various pulp science fiction authors…meh.

3) Karen really liked the ganja, it would seem, based on the many references to it in her works here.

4) The cover.  Like most covers for fantasy books in the 1980s (this was first published in 1984) it has no bearing on the contents.  But for crying out loud — they couldn’t at least get a picture of a unicorn? (Which would would be no more or less relevant to the content than the picture of a supersized fairy and a pegasus, but at least it would fit the title a little better.)

5) I didn’t think this was a very important or memorable collection but I just looked Karen Anderson up on Wikipedia and evidently the haiku in this collection are considered the first science fiction haiku.  And apparently she was the first person to use the term “filk music.”  Embarrassingly, Poul Anderson was among the pioneers of that very annoying form.

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