Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, free download

An anonymous poster to the Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede movie thread just made my day: turns out Bradley Denton has posted the entire book as a PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives download. You are in for some treat: I think that this is the great American comic science fiction novel, a book about the quest to exhume Buddy Holly's corpse from Lubbock, TX to prove that he can't possibly be broadcasting an all-powerful jamming signal from a hermetically sealed bubble on a distant, airless moon. Bradley Denton's homepage

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede PDFs: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede PDFs (Coral cache mirrors): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Alive and Well movie site


  1. Bradley Denton is a genuinely good writer. Like Avram Davidson or Howard Waldrop, he’s someone with the chops to be working mainstream or literary fiction but he’s associated with genre SF.

    People, if you don’t take advantage of this you’re missing out.

  2. Sadly, it appears Mr. Denton’s site (and the Coral Cache mirrors) are toast. Any chance it can be posted to bittorrent, or at least an alternative mirror?

  3. Omigod, Cory Doctorow called me ‘An anonymous poster’. I’m *famous*.

    Very much enjoying the book, too – thanks for introducing me!

  4. Unfortunately, this book and the movie will perpetuate the myth that Buddy Holly was some sort of uber nerd, which is certainly not true.
    He wore thick horn rims, as did r&b and jazz musicians of that period, but he was anything but a nerd. His image as a “nerd” is the result of some perfectly dreadful professional studio portraits (for example, the infamous “finger snapping pose”)

    Bob Illingworth was a teenager in 1958, and an amateur photographer, and he snapped some excellent photos of Buddy onstage (as well as other rock n roll stars). His photos really capture the energy and excitement of Buddy & the Crickets performing.

    Here they are:

  5. I read that book long ago, and still have my deadtree copy, but I can’t actually remember anything about it.

    Since the links seem to be pretty much overloaded, I checked my ebook collection and found an HTML copy. Let’s see how my free ISP=provided web space likes some traffic:


    (This link is only temporary– my limited space is recycled often, so download it while you can.)

  6. OMG I think I still own this book! I remember reading this when I was kid. I came across it while moving a few years back and read it again, and I think it deserves another go.

  7. I’ve been rotting my eyes since I read the same post on the original article.

    It’s compelling me to waste some trees and work toner… I mean, if i bind it and keep it its not a waste, right?

    Until tomorrow morning I’ll be continuing to destroy my eyesight, regardless.

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