“Trunk and Disorderly” is a 2007 science fiction novelette by Charles Stross. It is about a rich, spoiled man who flounces about the solar system pining for lost love and great thrills.
Ralph MacDonald Suzuki (yeah – that’s his name) is a spoiled, rich, playboy ancestor of Scottish royalty and Japanese business conglomerates. This story begins as his robot butler / lover leaves him right before he engages in a death defying orbital jump with some of his friends who are also in the spoiled, rich, playboy ancestor club! Unfortunately he lives… and also unfortunately his robot lover doesn’t come back to him like she usually does. Instead he gets a new butler – one awesome lady who can do anything and everything! It’s a good thing she’s so talented too, because Ralph’s sister has asked him to babysit her foul tempered mini-mammoth and that turns out to be quite a handful. Anyway, as Ralph, his butler and Jeremy the mini-mammoth rocket off to Mars for the after-jump party (hosted by the fabulously rich and decadent Abdul, in his mansion of a thousand rooms!) they stumble upon a coup of sorts, and bravely (or not so bravely) decide it’s up to them to save not only their lavish way of life but lives of lots of lavish people as well! Whew!
My Two Cents
- Story: – Yeah, it was a cool story. The ideas of combined cultural names was nifty, but the best part was Jeremy the mini mammoth! Ha – that alone made the story worth reading!
- Writing: – Hands down the best (and funniest) thing about this highly entertaining story is the style in which it is told! Very fun – near genius I’d say, what?
- Fun Factor: – This story was a blast to read! I wouldn’t recommend it for kids, but those who are beyond your teen years and want a good laugh then I highly recommend this one!
Where To Get Trunk and Disorderly
- You can download a free mp3 version of “Trunk and Disorderly” from Subterranean Press.
- It is also collected in the excellent 2008 anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 2.