Bill, The Galactic Hero Book Summary and Study Guide

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Bill, a very stupid grunt gets conscripted as a very small cog in the Emporers war machine.
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An absurd take on the science fiction war -from the point of view in the smallest part of the place - very funny, with lots of sly sideswipes at other authors\pieces of work.
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This is a parody of futuristic military regimes. Bill, an ordinary farmer, is drafted into the army and conditioned to be a fighting grunt. Everyone is out to get everyone else, and when Bill accidently breaks an obscure rule he gets in trouble too, and goes on the run.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Training/Apprent.    -   Yes Working up the ranks of...    -   armed forces Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier    -   farmer Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   unfriendly aliens    -   big overbuilt futuristic city Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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