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Pity About Earth/Space Chantey

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Pity About Earth is 132 pages. ©1968
• Cover states "Complete Novel".
• Cover and interior illustration are credited to Freas on the copyright page
Space Chantey is 123 pages. ©1968
• Cover states "First Book Publication"
• Cover art and eight interior art pieces (one on each chapter title page) are credited to Bodé on the copyright page.
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Mass Market Paperback, Double H-56, 255 pages
Published 1968 by Ace Books (NY)
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Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really great couple of novellas, totally unexpectedly. Ernest Hill's is about the adventures of an advertising executive and an ape-woman in an amoral future where everything is commercialized and things like cannibalism, human experimentation, manhunting, and straight out murder are the norm. There's an amazing section in a behaviorist lab. Space Chantey is a sci-fi tribute to the Odyssey, totally bizarre and awesome. It's the adventures of Captain Roadstrum and his crew as they travel from wor ...more
Dan'l Danehy-oakes
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
(Note that this is a review only of one side of this Ace double.)

Who knew that there was not one but two Space Odysseys released in 1968?

This is Lafferty's first published novel, and pretty much his shortest -- at 123 pages, the "short side" of an Ace Double. Lafferty is still a tyro at this novel business here, but it's a fun read, even if the schtick does run thin at times.

Schtick? Well, yes; Lafferty at his best was raucously howlingly funny even while telling you terrible things. Here, he te
Scott Golden
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Space Chantey by R.A. Lafferty is based on simple, but fun, premise: a parody/re-telling of Homer's "The Odyssey" in a futuristic outer-space setting. And it works. Credit Lafferty's jokey, tall-tale-telling style, and his characterization of the 'hero' Captain Roadstrum -- a war-weary leader whose combination of arrogance & ignorance while constantly chasing that 'one more thrill' nearly gets himself and most of his crew killed (many times over). You won't necessarily wind up liking Roadstrum, ...more
Erik Graff
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lafferty fans
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
Shelves: sf
This is one of many Ace Doubles I picked up over the years. As is often the case, one novel (novella) is by a name author--Lafferty in this case, while the other is by a relative unknown.
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Ernest Hill won great praise for his first novel, Satisfied with Nothin’, which made its way onto required reading lists at universities from UCLA to Syracuse. He is also the author of A Person of Interest, Cry Me a River, A Life for a Life, and Family Ties. Hill lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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