Refugee (Bio of a Space Tyrant #1)
CALIGULA OF THE STARS
Though he was later accused of every crime and sexual perversion in the galaxy, Hope Hubris began as an innocent. Because he defended his older sister against the violent lusts of a wealthy scion, Hope and his peasant family were forced to flee Callisto, one of the moons of Jupiter. Pursued by the bloodthirsty scions across the airless de...more
One of Anthony's many flaws is his sexual hangups, and rather like Heinlein, sometimes he lets them all hang out in an ugly, ruinous way. The ending to Heinlein's Friday is justifiably viewed with revulsion by many fans -- I can't describe it without spoiling that novel. However, in Bio of a Space Tyrant, Anthony's ugliness comes to the...more
And, for the most part, I've enjoyed most of the Piers Anthony books I've read (although most seem somewhat juvenile these days.)
I read this one years ago, and, quite frankly, it horrified me. It was not the subject matter which I've seen written about in science fiction, mystery and non-fiction genres, but the constant repetition of violence and pretty much everything offensive. Most of the characters are p...more
This is the first book in Piers Anthony’s Bio of a Space Tyrant. It details Hope Hubris the eventual Tyrant of Jupiter in his younger days.
Hope and his sister are exiled from their home world and travel through the solar system on their way to Jupiter. Along the way they encounter pirates, again and again, who unleash violent horror on the travelers, again and again. The basic storyline is that people who have power over others will perpetrate horrific torture, rape, and murder upon those they c...more
What I remember was that it held my interest through the first two books and then became a little repetative in the third.
I first picked this up because I found the idea intriguing as well as loving the character's conflicting name; "Hope Hubris." Piers Anthony also took the political, geographical and resource divisions on Earth and expanded them throughout the universe.
Hope and his...more
I have read a number of other "dark" sci-fi stories -- Donaldson's "Gap" series among the best -- and "Refugee" compares somewhat ill-favorably. Now, I am...more
But the space travelers had not reckoned on the terrible threat of high space-the...more
This is act one of a classic space opera. Our (anti?)hero is a boy. He loses everything and is tested repeatedly. He suffers horribly as does pretty much everyone he encounters. The brutal rape of his sister at the very start sets the scene for the horrors that unfold.
It's interesting to read this book, written as it was in the...more
Hope Hubris' journey from humble beginnings to Tyrant over all the Solar System.
Earth was divided, after the wars, & redistributed throughout the solar system with each major group getting a planet.
The series dilienates Anthony's views of how true & good leaders evolve.
The conclusion I come to is that if one is truly good(honest, upright, other-focused) then ALL the reins of power are best vested in him.
Hope Hubris solves the major issues, such as drug abuse,...more
Refugee can be a harsh read. The story of Hope Hubris and his family's journey to the Land of the Free on Jupiter is not that of a pleasure cruise. There are rapes, murders, sacrifice and heartbreak ... it is not your usual sci-fi thriller - butt its also not a ponderous, difficult...more
I say "I guess" I liked as some of the story was a little too gory in places for my taste. No, not gory...just probably a true depiction of what a harsh environment a space refu...more
The characters, while likable, are a bit far fetched in their reactions to things. Namely, that Hope Hubris is the sexual desire of all women. And of course by saying "all", Anthony certainly includes Hope's younger sister.
Volume 1 details how Hope Hubris reaches Jupiter and the horrific conditions he faced on getting there. Volume 2 details the rise of Hope Hubris in the Jupiter Navy and his campaign against the asteroid belt pirates. The books purpose to be the biography of the tyrant of Jupiter. It is written in almost a text book style.
I have mixed feelings about the book. Anthony seemed intent on providing a sense of normalcy for all...more
I originally started this as a paperback but (as often happens to me)...more
The series does greatly improve after book one but I am concerned that many readers will bail after this volume.
Picture a teenager on sex drugs and acid with a pen and paper. Piers Anthony should have his hands cut off for writing such rubish.
Probably not suited to anyone who is disturbed by that sort of thing.
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more