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They Also Serve

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The launch carrying the mail, supplies and replacements eased slowly in toward the base, keeping the bulk of the Moon between itself and Earth. Captain Ebor, seated at the controls, guided the ship to the rocky uneven ground with the easy carelessness of long practice, then cut the drive, got to his walking tentacles, and stretched. Donning his spacesuit, he left the ship ...more
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Published (first published November 30th 2010)
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I've always liked early-middle pulp writers who worked multiple beats to make a living--so you've got writers working for science fiction, mystery, and even romance magazines. I have no idea if that was Westlake's story, too, but he's primarily a mystery writer and this was the first science fiction story of his that I've read. Will it live up to the craftsman-like qualities I expect from multiple-genre working writers?

Yeah, sure. It was a little bulky and stiff; for instance, its infodumps were
Feb 10, 2012 Eric_W rated it it was ok
Very early Donald Westlake. Short and of little interest except to Westlake fans (like me) as an example of writing before he hit his stride. It's also interesting for the implicit critique of MAD and the Cold War during the fifties.
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Really interesting. The end was pretty cool. Not the best but not the worst. It lies somewhere between "a good effort" and "a shaking concept"...and it's not necessarily a bad place to be at!
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Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950's, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ru ...more
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