A Hero By Any Other Name

What does a sidekick do after retirement? What does a brilliant villain do whilst he meets an evil more than himself? Is it strength that defines a hero, or whatever else? All of those questions and extra are responded in A Hero by means of the other identify, a suite of reports via a few of today's best-known technological know-how fiction and fable authors. those riveting adventures delve into the lives of a few not-so-conventional superheroes, sidekicks, and villains. This isn't all tights-and-fights, yet a glance at heroes that may without end adjust your viewpoint on those that decide to dwell in the back of a masks. contains tales from Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Janine okay. Spendlove, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Bryan younger, Jean Rabe, R.T. Kaelin, Maggie Allen, and Ron Garner

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Tulip, wind-flower, and columbine Blossomed. To his believing mind These things were real, and the wind. Blown through the mullioned window, took Scent from the lilies in the book. " cried Friar Jerome, "Whatever man illumined this. Though he were steeped heart-deep in sin, Was worthy of unending bliss. And no doubt hath it! Ah! dear Lord, Might I so beautify Thy Word! What sacristan, the convents through, Transcribes with such precision? who Does such initials as I do? Lo! I will gird me to this work, And save me, ere the one chance slips.

I lost the Third that own'd me when French Noailles fled at Dettingen; The year James Wolfe surpris'd Quebec, The Fourth in hunting broke his neck; The day that William Hogarth dy'd The Fifth one found me in Cheapside. This was a Scholar, one of those Whose Greek is sounder than their hose; He lov'd old books and nappy ale. So liv'd at Streatham, next to Thrale. 'Twas there this stain of grease I boast Was made by Dr. Johnson's toast. ) And now that I so long to-day Have rested post discrimina, Safe in the brass-wir'd bookcase where I watch'd the Vicar's whit'ning hair.

My Lever left me long ago, I know not when or how— I can't build "castles in the air," my Mason's missing now. And yet, in spite of these mishaps, I have some pleasures still. For can I not devour my Lamb and Bullock, too, at will? A tit-bit, too, from Hog(g) is rare—a slice of Wolf(e) not bad— And then, when I am thirsty—why, I've Porter too, bedad. My Spencer has been boned, 'tis true, but they have left my Hood, Nor have they filched my Mackintosh, so I can face a flood. At last I've found a Key to Lock(e), though, it is odd, no doubt, That, when I take his meaning in, I find his meaning out!

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