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Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves (Bill, the Galactic Hero #2)

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  863 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Bill would give his right arm to defend his Emperor against the alien Chingers - which is lucky seeing as he has two of them...

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

Mass Market Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Avon Books
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Scott Rhee
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
It took Harry Harrison nearly 40 years to write a sequel to his underrated anti-war satirical novel, "Bill the Galactic Hero", and, while it's not nearly as clever, scathing, and apropos as the original, "Bill the Galactic Hero: The Planet of the Robot Slaves" is still humorous and entertaining.

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
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Okay, imagine a world in which a ship has crash landed. Half the people love Malory's Morte d'Artur and model their culture on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and the other half love Edward Gibbons The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and they have based their culture on Ancient Rome. A man, posing as the god Mars, keeps the two at perpetual war with each other to keep things "sharp" for the Romans.

That's just one chapter.

It's a pretty breakneck pace; pure satire and not a l
P.J. Taylor
I read this book originally when I was in my late teens and this is the first time since then that I've re-read it. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy this book very much at all. It seems my tastes have changed. Whilst I chuckled occasionally this is nowhere near as good as I remember. Very silly, school boy humour with very little plot. Best avoided . . .
Kumar Ayush
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Towards the end, it feels like some plot elements are being stretched without any reason. There are some repetitive elements too.

I enjoyed the absurdist humour, and the characters do a good job, but not very happy with the plot.
Geert Daelemans
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, humour
An enjoyable read with a message

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
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
It goes without saying the book is well written by a master of SF. However, I think this particular chapter in the series lacks depth. Its theme is clear, that war is a ridiculous tragedy and promoted by the jingoistic machinations of nihilistic leaders. However, I'm not sure the well intended message follows the plot's cadence. Bill's antics, as seen before, are like a garbled stream of thought. One crazy act of self preservation simply leads to another with humorous outcomes. As fun as this ma ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, I really did. Stainless Steel Rat is my old time favourite and this book being written by the same author must be as good, right? Not so much.

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
John Lawson
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, humor
Eternal army private Bill finds himself marooned on a planet largely run by sentient machines. Very juvenile humor ensues.

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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Though it claims to be Volume 1, this is technically a sequel. However, there's a complete summary of Bill the Galactic Hero at the beginning of this book, so it's a fine standalone read.

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.
May 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
At 17 I loved this book. At 20-something I liked this book. But now I am 43 and am finding this particular one lacking. I also found, while still enjoying the original Bill-book, I did not like that one as much. I suspect I will find the same issue with those that follow. Bummer. Should have left the fond memories of a younger person intact.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A fun little story. Some clever touches, like Meta's name (I'm linking it to Bill's foot issue) Unfortuantely the whole story goes round and round. It's like a good old Great British farce. You can see where it's going and yet you still hang on in there. Was well worth reading if only for those really clever bits that put a smile on your face.
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who might otherwise not read science fiction
Totally tubular. Each chapter has more & more ridiculous plot twists.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Sammis
Jan 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
My least favorite Harrison book.
Carnivorous Mower
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not near as good as I remembered. Not sure if I'll persevere with the rest of the Bill series.
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
It was ok but awfully silly.
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff, sci-fi, own-read
Enjoyable drivel.
Al Petrie
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A less than perfect beginning to a series of books based on the life of Bill the Galactic hero. Still: Death to Chingers!
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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
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