Item description for Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison...
The wild, galaxy-hopping adventures of brash young scientists Jerry Courtenay and Chuck van Chider are at the core of this classic space opera. When the two college students develop a faster-than-light space drive in their homemade workshed, they decide to sneak it aboard their football team's airplane as a prank. The boyish plan backfires, however, and the boys find themselves, along with their crush Sally and the seemingly loveable school caretaker, Old John, hurtling through the solar system towards Titan—an icy moon of Saturn inhabited by hideous ice creatures. Titan and the 20th century are only square one as the foursome becomes embroiled in a vast, intergalactic, century-jumping battle.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2006
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1932100830 ISBN13 9781932100839
Availability 0 units.
More About Harry Harrison
Harry Harrison is the author of "Deathworld," "Make Room! Make Room!" (filmed as "Soylent Green"), the popular Stainless Steel Rat books, and many other famous works of SF.
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Mindless juvenile dreck Sep 21, 2008
If you are all of the following, you probably will enjoy this book:
1. A time traveler living in the U. S. circa 1960. 2. A fan of the old Flash Gordon TV shows. 3. A not-too-bright, sexist, teenaged boy.
The novel is set up like Flash Gordon serials with cliff-hangers at the ends of most chapters. The humor is dated even for 1973 (when I was 18). This book's idea of great humor is the irony of a black caretaker at a college being a Soviet-trained spy from East Germany. The sexism exceeds that of all the Stainless Steel Rat novels. The characters are caricatures. I realize that Harrison is trying to satirize silly sci-fi action dramas, but he doesn't succeed.
Harry Harrison can write great novels. It's too bad that he also can write dreck like this. Avoid this and read the earliest Stainless Steel Rat books.
Enjoyable nonsense Mar 15, 2008
Very silly and amusing science fiction satire (although satire might be too high-faluting a word for this book, 'piss-take' is more its level) on bad space opera.
I'm not a big reader of sci-fi so there were probably many in jokes that I didn't notice, but I had a ball reading this. Utter nonsense from start to finish, centering around a form of space travel powered by cheddar!
Funnier than The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Feb 16, 2001
I am prompted to write because I just finished reading a comparable book, Douglas Adams' Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy, after hearing the radio shows many years ago. THHGTTG doesn't make its way into prose very well, and seems really dated.
By contrast, Harrison's is really sharp satire, and he uses the liberties that science fiction gives him to make his points with great force and absurd humour.
If we discover a species is stupider than we first thought, can we eat them? Who should one side with in a war; a cruel democracy or a kind dictatorship? And when does hero-worship cross the line into homoeroticism?
Harrison raises issues of politics, racism, sexism and a thousand other touchy subjects in a hilarious and outrageous book.
The galaxy's star-fleet being led by a souped-up 747 is a delightful image which sticks in my mind from this book.
Oh, and I think Harrison raided his legal textbooks to name the aliens. A garnishee is a claim you can make over someone's wages or property, and Lord Percy was an English Judge.
This book deserves to be in print again....and, especially, tobe made into a high-budget movie.
Terrific fast pace sci-fi spoof. My favourite book at school May 28, 1999
I loved this book as a teenager in High School. It was a very hard book to put down. Very entertaining, funny and full of fast paced sci-fi action. Though as much as I loved it back in 1987, I daresay I'd probably find it a bit dated now. But there were twists and turns that still made it a fantastic adventure story
A fun farce of a space opera, though a little dated. Jan 28, 1999
Chuck and Jerry didn't know what to expect when Jerry put cheese in the particle accelerator, but they surely didn't expect to have to end up saving the galaxy from the mind controlling Lortonoi.
This is a fun farce, though not nearly as shocking and titillating as it must have been when it first appeared in 1973.