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Space Viking (Federation)
The first is the better of the two, involving a man who uses a rumor of a super-computer on his home planet, once a planet-wide military base of the galactic Federation, to start a boom of reclaiming military salvage so that he can get a working hyperspace ship together so he can revitalize the planet by shipping luxury goods grown on his planet to Terra. Along the way, of course, he discovers the computer, which he thought was fictional, is real, and ...more
I kept asking when the book was written, since all LibraVox recordings are in the public domain, yet this book discusses hyperdrives and nuclear power and Hitler... turns out it was written in 1963 but it really feels modern and timeless.
This book is partly a store of one man's quest for revenge and how his life didn't really go as plann ...more
Trask’s development as a character is realistic and interesting. Plus, I love series that span an immense amount of time in a create ...more
With Space Kings and their Space Feudalism! And Space Amish (sort of)! It's interesting and I think another example of how Piper (like another favourite of mine, David Drake) pulls from historic battles and whatnot. The only problem with Piper is that his books are great, I just don't want to ruin a fun story for someone else. This one has revenge, though—and a space ship named Nemesis. Oooh. By this point in time, colonising is out, along ...more
There is a group of worlds in the Traveller universe called the Sword Worlds. ...more
Piper states that both Democracy and Government stemming from it are historically flawed concepts, I have no problem with that. Piper's solution is quite frankly authoritarian to the extreme and also contradictory.
"Then your democracy is a farce,and the people only free on sufferance. if their ballots aren't secured by arms, they're worthless"
Then lat ...more
As for the novel itself, it is a fairly typical early 1960s space opera.
Written over fifty years ago, but as relevant as today's headlines. The science is better than many contemporary SF novels, despite being written while we were still struggling to dependably orbit a man.
Great pen and ink illustrations in the Gutenburg edition.
Longer review to follow after i've digested this for a few weeks.
A great read.
I couldn't really get into the characters, but I don't think it matters, that's not what the boo ...more
I've read several of his books, when I can find them, and I've enjoyed all of them. Some more than others. They all have a certain kind of 1940's feel to them.
There are a lot of men, very heroic men, who also know a lot of things and have a lot skills. Piper believed in the very capable man. There are usually women, though not many of them. They are always side cha ...more
Space Viking is set long after the fall of the Terran Federation. Occasional privateers from the "Sword Worlds" launch raids on the remnants of the Federation and loot them for the Sword World nobility. Lucas Trask is about to marry his love Elaine, though the insane noble Andray Dunnan attacks their wedding and kills her. Lucas Trask sells his p ...more
The book ...more
The sound bite plot summary is this. The Federation fell years ago and some planets fell in barbarism, others near barbarism, a ...more
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The old Federation has been dead for centuries, and "civilization" (and the secrets of interstellar flight) were carried on onl ...more
I don't often do well with "anti-heros," and therefore had a little trouble adjusting to a main character who is a self-proclaimed professional murderer and thief - i.e. a member of the Space Vikings who make their living by plundering planets who have lost high (and often even mid) technology. The story, however, made up for this highly unsavory profession by maki ...more
Space Viking is a short space opera involving the protagonist Lucas Trask and a search for ...more
I read this book for the first time in college. I recently fond it free to download on Kindle. It was a very happy coincidence.
It is a great space opera. A relatively short novella, but a great one at that. The characters are very well developed, the heros likable and the villains hateful. The women beautiful, intelligent and articulate, the men strong and heroic. The situations all resonate with history, in such a way that it all feels fa ...more
Okay, so this book has a lot to recommend it--even if the GR summary contains SPOILERS for events that happen (to be fair) pretty early in the book. But not at the very beginning, so. Spoilers. Anyway. Mostly a disquisition on the questions of civilization versus barbarism, plus plenty of space ships, space battles, space politics, space vengeance, and of course the titular vikings! IN SPACE!
Given the period in which it was written, some of the way cool future te ...more
Space Viking is a science fiction novel written by H. Beam Piper and is set in his Terro-Human future history. It tells the story of one man's search for his wife's murderer and its unexpected consequences. The story was originally serialized in Analog magazine. Background Ten thousand refugees from the losing side of The Big War (The System States War of The Cosmic Computer) fled far beyond the boundaries of the Terran Federation and colonized the planet Excalibur. By the b