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The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold
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Oct 25, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Lighthearted SF fans
Read in January, 1973

This book is simply delightful, light SF. The scene is a faraway planet where a furry and peaceful people live in village-based civilization, where government is basically a mayor and a shaman/magician, where life is good and food is plentiful. Then a human arrives with his computerized translator to study the peaceful culture as an xenothropologist. His name is translated by his device as "As a color, Purple" (which is, be warned, an extended pun).

Thus begins a hilarious story of cultures in collision, great magic, modern invention, and more. Suffice it to say that the story abounds with puns, inside SF jokes, and lighthearted satire while also managing to do very well on its own account as a unique, highly entertaining, story.

Gerrold and Niven are of course both grand masters of SF who are known for their outrageous visions of the future and complex cultures, but this book is a hidden and perhaps largely forgotten gem.

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