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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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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   change of heart Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Asteroid Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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

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