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Bill, The Galactic Hero
Bill, a very stupid grunt gets conscripted as a very small cog in the Emporers war machine. 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....
Deathworld I
Jason DinAlt is a gambler who comes to the plany Pyrrus, a world where every living thing--plants and animals--are hostile to human life, and the humans there are very, very tough. Jason tries to figure out why the animals are hostile, but the more he digs, the more the people there get hostile to him....
Deathworld II
Deathworld II, one of Harrison's best works, is the story of gambler Jason DinAlt crash landing on a planet with an arrogant captor, Micah Samon. The captor becomes a fellow slave when both are taken prisoner on the planet, and have to work their way up through the labor force to plot an escape....
Deathworld III
The Pyrans, a race of hardy people, are lead to the planet Felicity by the gambler Jason DinAlt in an effort to mind the planet's rich mineral deposits. But a race of fierce warriors doesn't want them to do this. Rather than wipe out the warrior race, Jason infiltrates them in an effort to undermine and replace their leader, Temuchin....

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Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers
A very funny spoof of E E Doc smith's Skylark books, so read both and compare them! Two clever university students design a spaceship and go about fighting in wars in an random arbitrary fashion. Purposefully misogynistic, shallow, and convention defying....Hilarious! ...
Stars & Stripes Triumphant
Ballantine, Jan 2003, 24.95, 256 pp. ISBN 034540937x The American Civil War is cut short when England invaded the split United States causing the South to rejoin with the North into one nation again to successfully repel the enemy. England attacks again, this time through Mexico. To get the British troops off American soil, the United States invades Ireland, forcing the English troops to return home and fight in Ireland. The British troops wer...
The Hammer and the Cross
Born the bastard son of an english thane, Shef goes on to lead the viking army of the way to re-shape the history of the world. In this book, Shef goes from ranks of thrall to carl to Jarl. ...
The Stainless Steel Rat for President
At the beginning of the story, career criminal James Bolivar diGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, escapes from the scene of his latest crime, but is later captured and recruited, reluctantly (his reluctance, not theirs), by the Special Corps, an elite team of special police whose job it is to control and prevent intergalactic crime. When his first mission goes wrong and Angelina, a highly dangerous and attractive criminal, escapes, Jim is determined to see t...
The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
In perhaps the wackiest of the Stainless Steel Rat adventures, Jim DiGriz must go hopping all over time (the past) to stop He, (that's his name, He), a villain who plans to take over the world by going into the past and killing his enemy's ancestors. Jim travels to 20th century Earth, 18th century England, and to the distant future to stop He....
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!
A large number of very well armed monsters are invading the galaxy and only Slippery Jim DiGriz can stop them. He gets off to a slow start but moves more quickly when his wife and child get kidnapped. Donning an alien disguise, he infiltrates the enemy and discovers a familiar enemy behind it all.......

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The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge
In perhaps the very best Stainless Steel Rat book, Jim goes to Cliaand, an aggressive militarist planet that has taken to invading its neighbors. The story of his infiltrating their military intermixed with his dry wit makes this one of the most amusing books ever written....
The Technicolor Time Machine
Very funny book, I laughed out loud all the way through. A 60's film maker has little money to make a film, and decides to film a historical epic using a time machine which he has just acquired. Lots of chaotic fun ensues, especially with the crazy Norse berserker who is to play the leading role......(for some crazy reason Ottar turns up in a bill the galactic hero book also) Very funny, especially when the director starts to lose his marbles under the...
West of Eden
In this book, the dinosaurs never became extinct. The reptiles are the dominant species on the planet. The humans, or Tanu as they are called, live as hunter-gatherers. The winters become longer and longer and the Tanu go further south than usual to hunt for food. This is how they discover the existance of reptiles that walk like humans and the find them disgusting. The reptiles, the Yilané, are also fleeing from the longer and colder winters. They...


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