|Plot Summary of Rogue in Space|
Fredric Brown was one of the quirkiest writers of the 40's and 50's. There are so many different minor subplots packed into this small book that it is almost impossible to describe them all. The "Rogue" in space is a sentient asteroid that ventures into the solar system and becomes aware of other life forms (humans) for the first time and ultimately interacts (favorably) with the human main character. However, "rogue" could also refer to the human main character, Crag, a violent criminal who has been offered a lot of money to steal a unique weapon for a deranged, power hungry politician. This weapon is a device which would cause the Earth to collapse upon itself. Crag later dies in a gun battle on another asteroid with this politician when he realizes what this politician is up to. He is revived and saved by the Rogue in Space, who decides to sweep up the entire asteroid belt into a planet, and invites Crag and his friends to come live on it. There's a lot more than that in the book. Everyone who likes their sci/fi a little quirky will love Fredric Brown, one of the greatest underappreciated authors of this genre.
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|Chapter Analysis of Rogue in Space|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- generally friendly contact with alien(s)
- change of heart
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- accused criminal
- Planet surface, need spacesuit
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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