"One of the most compelling stories is the first part of Lou Anders's serial novel, 'The Mad Lands, Part 1: Death Wish.' Anders is well-known as an editor, but few know of his writing prowess, according to Roberson's introductory notes; if this story is any indication, Anders's writing prowess won't be a secret for long. In 'The Mad Lands,' Anders tells a complex and gritty tale, set in a sort of apocalyptic western landscape, peopled with con artists and gunslingers and strange animal/machine crossbreeds such as the horsecycle and the tank-turtle. This first installment is delightfully bizarre and refreshingly original, and my only complaint is that the story ended with me wanting more."
What can I say? Thanks, John. Your check's in the mail.