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Space Chantey

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Rediscover Hugo and Nebula award-nominated author R.A. Lafferty with this rollicking reimagining of Homer's Odyssey! Set in the far future, Space Chantey chronicles the adventures of Space Captain Roadstrum and his crew, on a journey through galaxies resonant with myth and peril as Roadstrum valiantly battles to return across the cosmos to Big Tulsa, the Capital of the Wor ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 28th 1976 by Dennis Dobson Books Ltd. (London) (first published 1968)
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Marie
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Jlawrence
A charming if roughly-hewn science-fiction retelling of The Odyssey. Actually, more of mutated reinterpretation than a retelling, light on the science on heavy on silly, surreal and occasionally badwdy fable-ness. In fact, several times the characters comment on how improbable their adventures are (especially their many escapes from doom).

An example adventure: the protaganists land on a planet populated by seemingly Neaderthal giants who travel about on immense floating disks and who kill thems
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Perry Whitford
"We should go home, but I could be talked into something else."
Captain Roadstrum.

Those are the words of our alternative Odysseus from the future, just after the completion of his own ten-year war; so this is Homer, Lafferty style - that old sea-song updated as a new space-song, with additional briny currents of Norse mythology swirled into the stew, topped off with a sprinkling of spicy Texan seasoning.
First stop is Lotophage, the land of the Lotus Eaters, where 'it is always afternoon' and the
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Jonathan Spinasanto
This review is from my blog, Under Your Windows.

Reading Space Chantey (1968) was my second time with R.A. Lafferty. The first was about a year ago: I read Annals of Klepsis. My memory of Klepsis is a bit hazy, as I read the entire thing very quickly. It's mainly a jumble of laughably long names, ghost stories, and lots and lots of dialogue. It was written in such an odd, vague way that there are no really concrete memories of the story left in my mind. That must sound like a negative, but I real
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Kevin
"There are two kinds of silliness. Something can be frivolously silly or deeply silly. This is very deeply silly."

My Father's comments after I urged a copy of Space Chantey into his hands. He considers this every bit as good (and underrated for serious consideration) as the Coen brothers movie made from the same source.

I think he is very much right. In the opening paragraphs, Lafferty asks if there will be a mythology in the future, when computers record every action. Yes, is his reply: In one o
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Olethros
-“La Odisea”, perpetrada con humor bizarro y filosofía fantástica.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tras una guerra que ha durado diez años equivalentes y que ha terminado con diez millones de vidas (pero que económica y ecológicamente ha tenido un efecto saludable), seis grandes Capitanes de Avispas y sus tripulaciones planean la vuelta a casa. Cinco de ellos deciden volver haciendo escala en el mundo Lotophage mientras que el sexto considera imperativo volver a casa con su mujer (cuy
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Maggie
An Odyssey in space, where the perils are strange and the men die left and right. The author makes no attempt to make sense or even, at times, explain how the crew extracts themselves from sticky situations. The poetry/chanteys throughout are not particularly good either, unless you mostly judge poems by the uniqueness of rhymes, in which case it's pretty good. This book tries to make up in (sometimes dark) humor and creativity what it lacks in cohesiveness.
Joseph Andros
WRONG PRONG? BONG GONG
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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, published under the name R.A. Lafferty, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, a history book, and a number of novels that could be loosely called historical fiction.
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