Bimbos of the Death Sun

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Bimbos of the Death Sun
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb - first edition.jpg
First edition
Author Sharyn McCrumb
Country United States
Language English
Series Jay Omega series
Genre Mystery
Publisher TSR, Ballantine
Published in English
February 1988
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-345-48302-7
OCLC 137341615
Followed by Zombies of the Gene Pool
(1992)

Bimbos of the Death Sun is a 1988 mystery novel by Sharyn McCrumb.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel takes place at Rubicon, a fictional science fiction convention taking place in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and at which the guests of honor are Appin Dungannon, a fantasy author noted for his books about hero Tratyn Runewind, and Dr. James O. Mega, an electrical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, who, under the pen name Jay Omega, has written one novel. That novel, a hard science fiction book about a space station crew whose female members are affected by radiation from a star (their intellect is diminished), was retitled "Bimbos of the Death Sun" and given an R-rated cover by the publisher.

Mega is somewhat lost in the world of hardcore SF and fantasy fans at the con, but his companion Marion, a professor of English literature, is more familiar with things, and she guides him through it. They have troubles, such as being asked to judge a fiction contest. All seems to be going somewhat well for Mega, but his co-Guest of Honor, Dungannon, is making it a point to offend everyone at the con. It is hardly surprising when he is killed, a bullet through his heart. The fans react by buying up everything with his signature in the huckster room.

The police are equally at sea. Everyone had a motive to kill Dungannon, but no one had the opportunity, so it seems. Mega corrals the suspects into a role-playing game and works out a confession ala Hamlet. Also, a lot of science fiction fans sing folk tunes, such as "The Skye Boat song."

Awards[edit]

The novel won the 1988 Edgar Award for "Best Paperback Original" and was nominated for the Anthony Award in the same category in the same year.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 14, 2012.