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They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded

They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded

James Alan Gardner

Tor Books


Award-winning author James Alan Gardner returns to the superheroic fantasy world of All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault with They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded.

Only days have passed since a freak accident granted four college students superhuman powers. Now Jools and her friends (who haven’t even picked out a name for their superhero team yet) get caught up in the hunt for a Mad Genius’s misplaced super-weapon.

But when Jools falls in with a modern-day Robin Hood and his band of super-powered Merry Men, she finds it hard to sort out the Good Guys from the Bad Guys—and to figure out which side she truly belongs on.

Especially since nobody knows exactly what the Gun does . . . .


Deimatic Behavior

I’M THE SMARTEST ACTUAL human on the planet.

Also the strongest. And the fastest.

But despite my best efforts, I’m not the drunkest. This stupid airplane hasn’t stocked enough...

Praise for They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded

Praise for All Those Explosions were Someone Else's Fault
“Gardner mixes serious physics speculation with snappy dialog, madcap action and real suspense to spin a tale that has all the explosions you could ask for (hence the title) and more than its suspense and laughs.” —Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Walkaway

“Jim Gardner’s All Those Explosions were Someone Else’s Fault is the most sheer fun I’ve had in years. It is what the doctor ordered and why the preacher danced.” —Spider Robinson, co-author with Robert A. Heinlein of Variable Star


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James Alan Gardner

JAMES ALAN GARDNER has twice won the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, as well as the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction, and the Asimov’s Reader's Choice Award. His previous books include All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault and several novels in the League of Peoples universe. He lives in Ontario.

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