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Its a Lat Lat Lat Lat World gThis is such a fun read Harrison is one of those writers who can cover a lot of material in a handful of sentences He s alsoot a sharp sense of wit witness his satirical take on Cold War politics The Infinite Air gender relations and sexuality in this slim adventure Moreover Harrison doesn t hesitate to mess with convention and take his story in directions that some would consider controversial You will neveruess where the characters take their lives by the story s endThis is the kind of writing that keeps me interested in science fiction The massive multi book stories that contemporary writers offer today may look epic but their size is too daunting a writer has to be incredible to hold my interest that long and much of the prose that I encounter is passable at best Harrison is someone who can fit a number of ideas in a fraction of the pages and make you laugh His is a talent that I recommend to any reader Does for classic space opera what Team America World Police does for Thunderbirds Though I m sorry to say there s not uite as much The Spill gratuitous sex Iot into Harry Harrison because of the
Deathword And The Slippery and the Slippery diGriz stories the Stainless Steel Rat This was the payoff Gawd he must have had fun writing this The Pleasantville Eagle Cheddite The Hardy Boys on a believeable level I had seen so much of this novel in other works but I madly iggled all the way through Come on Jerry the accumulators are crackling with barely restrained power Chuck shouted Deliberately ridiculous dialogue sets the scene for Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers Harry Harrison s classic spoof on Pulp era science fiction Two college students Chuck and Jerry accidentally discover a powerful new substance made out of cheddar cheese cheddite and use it to a space ship out of a 747 which just happens TO BE AVAILABLE ALONG WITH THEIR be available Along with friend and former Communist spy John and their love interest Sally who mainly screams faints and cooks the omni competent heroes both Chuck and Jerry are simultaneously brilliant engineers scientists and rugged outdoorsmen meet up and fight with alien races every one of which has fortunately listened to your radio broadcasts and learned fluent English and set up the Galaxy Rangers modelled on the Texas Rangers which apparently no one other than Earthmen could possibly have thought of beforeThe Pulp era is a period roughly between the 1890s and 1950s in which inexpensive fiction magazines were mass printed on cheap wood pulp paper They were not not exclusively science fiction SF but the enre definitely Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? got its start in these publications with lurid exploitative and sensational subject matter The uality was to put it politely highly variable The top writers of SF Clarke Asimov Heinlein etcot their start in pulps but most of it was being written to provide cheap uick entertainment with literary uality on the bo. The wild alaxy hopping adventures of brash young scientists Jerry Courtenay and Chuck van Chider are at the core of this classic space opera When the two college students develop a faster than light space drive in their homemade.
Harry Harrison Ì 8 read & downloadR in the 50 s 60 s Earth men were smart courageous WASPs aliens were dumb cowardly BEMs wanted our women Earthman ingenuity courage beat the BEMs EVERY time As a longtime fan of the Lensman series by E E Doc Smith how could I NOT love Star Smashers It s as clever a spoof as anything by the Zucker brothers Fun oofy and full of the best faux drama you ll ever findIf you want a rollicking Training the Help (Hedon Falls good space adventure with iron jawed heroes damsels in distress evil aliens and epic scope all done with tongue firmly ensconced in cheekthis one s for you Originally published on my blog here in March 2001As spoofso this must rank as one of the most outrageous ever written Like many science fiction fans I have a considerable affection for the space operas of writers likeEEDoc Smith but I would have to admit that they are poorly written sexist and sometimes usually unconsciously racist They succeed because of their imagination things like alaxy destroying weapons even though written at a time when Mars was as far as most science fiction was
to travelThe parodistic with Smith in particular is very clear at the start which is based extremely closely on his first novel Skylark Two college boys are playing with a particle accelerator and some cheddar cheese when they discover a portable space warp They set off with this in a Jumbo Jet with their irlfriend who can t decide which of them she prefers and school janitor and Communist spy John the token black characterThe story is funny in its own right as well as being a merciless parody of the shortcomings of the enre It also possesses a wonderful twist at the end which like many of the jokes would be spoilt by repetition It s rare that you read the first sentence and realize that this book is oing to be trouble And you finish the first page and realize that you are Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book going to hate this book And you thumb randomly through the contents and whatever happens to catch your eye makes you even annoyedAnd then you put it down Now before anyone accuses me of missing the point here Iet that this book is satire You can I An Eye for an Eye guess accuse me of not having a sense of humor because I didn t think it was terribly funny Harrison seems to have decided to parody the style of macho sci fi herew up with and to deliberately write the worst book he could manage to write in the process In fairness the worst book he could write is still better than the best most authors ever manageThe book is about a couple of Comic SF Parody Will Appeal To Fans Of Douglas Adams SF parody will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams things like Kilgore Trout s Venus of the Half Shell We have three university students 2 Still Side by Side geniusuys and the Oriori No Uta girl they both fancy who has a BA in Home Economics they invent a new substance called Cheddite when a student prank substitutes cheese for the element they were supposed to be bombarding itets weaponised and produces. Urtling through the solar system towards Titan an icy moon of Saturn inhabited by hideous ice creatures Titan and the 20th century are only suare one as the foursome becomes embroiled in a vast intergalactic century jumping battl. Ttom of the priority list Star Smashers most directly references the Lensman and Skylark series of E E Doc Smith who is arguably the Father of Space Opera If you enjoyed the Star Wars series you are enjoying the direct descendants of Smith s writing including the episodic nature of the stories However the scientific pretensions of the main characters are also Harrison s satire on the positions of John W Campbell the hugely influential American science fiction writer and editor As editorWilling To TravelThe Parodistic
of Astounding Science Fiction later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact from late 1937 until his death his dictates on storyAstounding Science Fiction later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact from late 1937 until his death his dictates on story shaped the Four Word Film Reviews genre forenerations While his insistence on scientific understanding by writers improved the uality of the Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes genre from the original pulps he also insisted that heroes be predominantly cigar chewing competentuys He was a notorious racist so the competent Crystal Decoder guys would be white as well Harrison skewers the Campbellian hero type by making Chuck and Jerry absurdly over the topeniuses but with an underlying pettiness which becomes apparent as John proves to be eually competent if not so Sally also chafes against being constantly sidelined and ignored except when being menaced by aliens or when food needs to be prepared but she You Owe Me One gets to rebel at the very end The relationship of Chuck and Jerry asuys is also shown to be rather intense Star Smashers was first published in 1973 so the Golden Age of Pulps and Campbell would have been in the recent memory of people reading it It s worth noting that the Galaxy Ranger s spaceship a converted Boeing 747 had its first commercial flight in 1970 So it was still roundbreaking aerial technology when this book was written as opposed to being the old workhorse aircraft of today This perhaps sums up the current problem of Star Smashers As A Smashers as a the works
and era it is satirising have almost vanished Virtually no one reads Doc Smith any and the Pulp eraera it is satirising have almost vanished Virtually no one reads Doc Smith any and the Pulp era lives on in film Star Wars but also the Super Hero enre Guardians of the Galaxy would be the most obvious homage to the Pulp and Golden Age SF sensibilities out today The late Harry Harrison died 2012 was a Second Son (Jack Reacher, giant of the SFenre in his own right and he stood out by using satire in his classic works such as the Stainless Steel Rat series He also wrote humorous one offs such as The Technicolor Time Machine which is much better than Star Smashers Harrison is deliberately writing badly in Star Smashers to satirise the Pulp style While it is certainly entertaining for a while it begins to drag on the reader despite the book being very short less than 200 pages Star Smashers works best for contemporary readers if you have an awareness of the era it is satirising or if your taste extends to extreme silliness A spoof of Campbellian SF it is funny once Google John W Campbell a very influential SF writeredito. Workshed they decide to sneak it aboard their football team's airplane as a prank The boyish plan backfires however and the boys find themselves along with their crush Sally and the seemingly loveable school caretaker Old John