review: Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places

Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places

edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1770530522

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor George Edward Challenger has seen a resurgence in popularity. Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places is the latest addition to the growing body of work based on the belligerent Victorian genius with a big heart and a bigger ego. It’s not a bad anthology, but neither is it raising the bar for new Challenger stories.

The problem is that Challenger is a complicated character, and much as writers focus on Sherlock Holmes haughtily superior intellect, there is a tendency to swell upon the abrasive elements of Challenger. I think all the stories merit inclusion in the anthology, but I disagree with the sequence in which the appear. The abrasiveness of Challenger would be far less in the foreground of readers’ perception if the first two stories were ensconced later in the contents.

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