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Slave Ship

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  17 reviews
First they cracked the codes. The big electronic calculators that handled math codes, production lines, found it simple to decipher the small but racy vocabularies of the animals.

Then man had achieved the age-old dream: He could respond when his dog struggled to tell us something, and he could tell that foolish sheep that if he didn't act right he'd be mutton; and, being
Mass Market Paperback, 148 pages
Published September 12th 1969 by Ballantine Books (first published 1957)
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Joachim Boaz
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
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"Robert Foster’s salacious cover for the 1969 edition of Slave Ship (1956) implies a sort of John Norman-esque — of Gor “fame” — sexist slave girl sci-fi fantasy with collars and all. Don’t worry, I bought the novel knowing full well that the “slaves” were not nubile young women but dogs + cats + chimps + seals drafted into the war effort. But a naked seal on a leash won’t sell [...]"
Gabriel Kalb
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Esse é o tipo de livro que achei por uma mixaria no sebo. Pela capa, horrivel por sinal, eu não esperava nada.
Mas no fim me diverti muito com o livro, a forma que o autor escreve é divertida e flui muito bem.
Apesar da história não ser nada de mais, o livro foi bem divertido de ler.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 19, 2015

I just finished reading & reviewing Iain M. Banks's 1st SF novel, Consider Phlebas (1987) (my review's here: ), & it occurred to me that it was the kind of thing that someone might write who might think something like: 'Oh, SF's easy! You just put a bunch of monsters in Outer Space & have them fighting all the time & then add some human love interest.'

THEN I read Slave Shi
Mark Jensen
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I'd give this 3.5 stars. It only lacks four because the conclusion was kind of a letdown, at least in that it wasn't really fleshed out much. It was literally explained in about a page. The book itself is about a fairly hot cold war between the Caodai (pronounced "cow-dye"), a religious movement out of Viet Nam that has taken over about half the world, and the remnants of the Western world. Both sides have interesting very large submersible vessels (think aircraft carrier in size) that take pot ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
An early and minor work for Pohl. The west is engaged in an active cold war with the east. Pohl only briefly sketches the boundaries, but the west includes the US and Russia (not sure of Europe), and the east is unified by the Caodai religion. It is clear that the cold war is not going well for the west, and the protagonist is recruited to a secret project to train animals to "man" warships. In addition, the east seems to have developed a secret weapon that targets users of ESP. The novel is oft ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I think Pohl was trying to pre progressive by having women and non-americans in it, but they are all presented really poorly. The animals aspect ends up having almost nothing to do with what the plot eventually turns out to be.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
In my opinion, the title of the book does not reflect the story therein. There is a brief allusion to it toward the end, but the statement rings rather hollow. Thankfully, there is a twist in the story that does render the short novel worth reading.
Sean Guynes
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A clearly problematic, but fascinating and telling novel. Comparing this to Kornbluth's work, it's clear that Pohl was the weaker of the pair. ...more
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Der inoffizielle Krieg gegen die Codai-Sekte droht heiß zu werden, denn der Gegner hat eine Möglichkeit entwickelt, Menschen von ferne zu töten.

Über weite Strecken fand ich es gar nicht schlecht. Das menschliche Element gefiel mir ganz gut. Das Gezanke der Hauptperson mit seinem russichen Kameraden war recht witzig.
Der Schluss wirkt aber hastig und völlig unausgegoren.
Der mieserable Schnitt bei goodreads ist aber nicht so fair.
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks-baen
Why I Read This Book: I'm a big fan of Frederik Pohl (and have an amusing story of the first time I met him; perhaps I'll tell it sometime). Pohl's first solo novel in 13 years came out last month (April 12th according to his publisher's website). Baen released a bundle of ten (!) classic Pohl books on the 19th; I bought it within minutes of reading the emailed announcement (and quickly got sucked back into Jem ; only the fact I had to finish Great Apes for our SF reading group forced me ...more
Joe Santoro
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: soft_sf
The book was very poorly named, as it has very little to do with slaves or ships. But rather, a near future where a religous Indo-Chinese alliance (called the Caodai) has taken over most of the world (all but the Americas) in the aftermath of a US-Soviet conflict. They call it a cold war, though there is lots of fighting... Pohl seems to mostly be mocking the term. The main character is a Yassarian-like Naval officer, who ends up working with a displaced Soviet (they are 'in exile' in the US) to ...more
God bless our local library for stocking such a silly book. At this point i'd read anything by Pohl, although this beauty from 1957 does push it a little with humans talking to puppies and the dastardly Glotch burning espers to death...pure class obviously. ...more
Alberto Della Rossa
Amo tantissimo Pohl, ma di tanti suoi romanzi e racconti questo è di gran lunga il peggiore che abbia mai letto. Addirittura mi sono stupito fosse suo; ma d'altronde è un racconto lungo del 56, e pertanto uno dei suoi primi lavori (anche se "I mercanti dello spazio" era già uscito). ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1981 grade D+
Rob Roy
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this many years ago, but could not remember the author nor title. Finally tracked it down.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

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