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The E. S. P. Worm

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  217 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The cast of cosmic characters: A prodigal worm - A telepathic, egotistical, totally unscrupulous little alien running away from his father becomes the biggest prize in the universe. Capture the slimy brat and win an entire planet! A cosmic hustler - An effete snob who ekes out a comfortable living as the President's son-in-law, and perfects his reflexes with endless contes ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Tor Books (first published 1970)
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~Sara~
Mar 01, 2011 ~Sara~ rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
There were a few (very few) wonderful moments in this book that I really liked and the rest was a huge WTF!!! Sometimes I was confused, other times I was annoyed or just plain disgusted, there were a few times that I laughed out loud, but not enough to make it worth while. The one fantastic part of this book was the dystopian "New Victorianism" elements. The women of the future are all required to wear a dress shaped like a giant baggie to cover all but their head and there hands (which were cov ...more
Christopher D'amico
Harold Prodkins is Earth’s first Minister for Inner-Galactic Affairs, thanks to his cousin the President of Earth. He always thought it was a nepotistic conciliation, but after an unfortunate series of strange events, the office—and it’s heretofore lazy occupant—is thrust into the limelight of the galactic stage. With, of course, a beautiful blonde companion and an obnoxious and immature telepathic Jamborang—the titular E.S.P. Worm.
Despite the interesting theme and some funny characters, the boo
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Michele Brenton
I read this as a teenager and found it great fun. Qumax the worm remains one of my favourite aliens of all time. The name Harold Prodkins makes me smile even now - I have a very juvenile sense of humour. If you like Buck Rodgers, Carry On Films, and knock knock jokes - you will probably enjoy this. :)
Jason
Oct 18, 2016 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This is among the worst Piers Anthony novels I've read. His usually troubling sex scenes are here, plus a lot of non-pun humor, which is not something he's good at.

I feel like he might've been imitating Norman Spinrad a bit, here. Whatever he was going for with this more bombastic tone, it was a swing and a miss.
John
Jan 30, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade B. GoodReads book record lists co-author Robert E. Margroff, but doesn't list in shelf author column, nor does this book turn up for him in personal shelf search.
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

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