Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves (Bill, the Galactic Hero #2)
War demands sacrifices, and if you've lost one left arm, have an artificial foot and a set of nifty surgically-implanted tusks, it's a small price to pay for the privilege of being a hero. And Bill knows all about heroism - as part of a motley cre...more
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Published in 1989, "Bill Part 2" (as I will henceforth refer to it, even though it is inexplicably numbered "Volume 1" on the cover, which doesn't make sense as the first "Bill" book was actually publishe ...more
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Bill does not like danger, although he is supposed to really get a kick out of it, him being a Space Trooper and all. But no matter what he does -mainly trying to get danger as far as possible away from him or vice versa- heroism keeps following Bill without mercy. That is why he is still alive and kicking. That is, because of an earlier accident: kicking with his two right arms -there weren't any spare left ones- and his chicken leg -there weren't any human legs ...more
I don't like the main character and I don't think he was made to be likeable, but there is absolutly nobody who reader could care about and keep fingers crossed for. Somebody told me that this book was written as a pastiche on goverment, but at some point it became so riddicules that it reminded me one of the comments fro ...more
I liked the first book. It was edgy and funny, in the same vein as HITCKHIKERS. But this book was just silly, in a dumb way. The first half was dominated by sex and drinking and bodily function jokes (and not very good ones). The second half takes a very sudden turn from humor into satire, first with a fairly dead-on parody of JOHN CARTER OF MARS (Dejah Vu and all, National L ...more
I don't know where the title came from, since there aren't really any robot slaves anywhere. Bill of the ever-changing military rank is stranded with a few others on a planet inhabited by metal creatures, Virginians, Romans, and various characters from Arthurian legend. It is, in a word, silly. Extremely silly. ...more
Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G ...more