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The Space Barbarians (Ragnarok #2)
by Tom Godwin
In three bloody years, Ragnarok survivors ended the Gern Empire and freed Earth and the Athena colony. But Earthers fear and hate the great strength and speed bred over generations under heavy gravity that won the victory. Now a new threat strikes Ragnarok and the rest of mankind refuses to help.
Paperback, 169 pages
Published 1964 by Pyramid Books
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Sequel to Space Prison, which I loved. But, I couldn't even finish it. I found the reaction of the rescued humans to their rescuers (they were jealous and resentful of their rescuers ???!!!) so unbelievable that the story lost all credibility for me.
A nice sequel to the first Ragnarok book, but the characters seem a little dense considering it is obvious who the bad guys are and it takes them half the book to figure it out. It was a quick read though and nice to return to some unique sci-fi perspectives on mankind's future and survival as a species. I personally want mockers to replace smartphones...although I might have allergies I haven't considered.
Tom Godwin (1915–1980) was a science fiction author. Godwin published three novels and thirty short stories. His controversial hard SF short story "The Cold Equations" is a notable in the mid-1950s science fiction genre. He also had three novels published, but these stayed more firmly in John W. Campbell's preferred styles and are less notable. Graduated from Bay Village High School in Bay Village ...moreMore about Tom Godwin...
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