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Book Title: Escape Velocity|
The author of the book: Christopher Stasheff
Edition: Berkeley Ace
Date of issue: September 1986
ISBN 13: 9780441216024
Format files: PDF
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This prequel to The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff is--as one would expect from Stasheff--lots of fun and a darned good read. Although Warlock and the books that follow it in the series represent a major breakthrough (for the time) in the sub-genre of science fantasy, Escape Velocity seems to be pure, if weird, regular science fiction.
It is great fun getting to know Rodney d'Armand's ancestor Dar Mandra, who is himself much like Rod. Dar is a "prisoner" on Wolmar, which has been abandoned by Terra. When he meets a shapely bald "Hume," and discovers a plot to overthrow the Terran government, the plot takes off. Joined by a hilarious cast of characters (including Whitey the Wino and a monk from the Order of St. Vidicon of Cathode), Dar barely escapes one scrape after another before settling down with Whitey's niece as the ships take off that will eventually colonize Gramarye, the planet investigated by Rodney d'Armand in Warlock.
I acknowledge that the writing of Christopher Stasheff isn't for everyone, but for those who understand a little history and enough science and fantasy, his writing is a treasure trove of jokes and puns. Similar to the style of Harry Harrison (The Stainless Steel Rat), Stasheff's writing is outrageous fun.
I strongly recommend this book to science fiction/fantasy fans and to all true nerds everywhere!
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Read information about the authorChristopher Stasheff was an American science fiction author and fantasy author. Stasheff was noted for his blending of science fiction and fantasy, as seen in his Warlock series.
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