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The Green Odyssey

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  468 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The Green Odyssey has been called "rollicking science-fiction adventure," "uproarious," "swashbuckling," and "sheer fun," and described by science-fiction critic Sam Moskowitz as "filled with engaging humor." The adventure begins when Alan Green arranges passage on a "wind roller," a sailing vessel of the plains, by dazzling the captain with a financial scheme that offers ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Berkley (first published 1957)
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Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, own
So I recently picked up some oldies: Farmer, Pohl, Norman, and this one I picked up rather curious by the cover. Now the only other thing I've ever read by Farmer was Venus on the Halfshell, you know, the one "supposedly" written by Kilgore Trout, and I had like that book, so why not? It seemed like a good gamble, and it was. It's been a while since I've read something that was truly out there (not in the "out there" out there sense, but in a sci-fi/fantasy sense). I think what immediately struc ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: lis590kk, sci-fi
Pulpy 1950s sci-fi! I tried really hard not to let the title or the synopsis influence me but I kept finding similarities between Alan Green, a shipwrecked Earthman, and Odysseus, a shipwrecked Greek. They're both wily survivors who occasionally mess up (sometimes humorously). I liked the first half of the book better, because of the descriptions about the world and society where Green landed. The latter half seemed rather predictable to me, but the action might satisfy adventure readers.
Ernest Hogan
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A swashbuckling, mind-blowing space opera that still manages to come off as original sixty years after it's original publication.
Dan Schwent
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: farmer
The Green Odyssey is about Alan Green (get it? Alan Green? Green Odyssey?), an Earth man stranded on a primitive world that's largely a giant, level grassy plain. He has a nagging wife and a side job as the gigolo for a pretty but unwashed Duchess. When he gets wind of a ship crashing near a far away city, he sees his ticket home.

The book is largely a journey, with Green as a passenger on one of the wheeled wooden ships. Along the way, he encounters crazy creatures, leftover tech from an ancient
Ty Matthews
Absolutely entertaining and capturing from the get go! The visual imagery was just cinematic! And to show how strange the culture difference between our planet and their is just think of the kissing culture and how unsuitable it'd be to be in our screens.

Also it was somewhat funny how though higher and less barbaric and sexist the modern terrestrial live is dreamed by the author he can't hide the 50s in the protagonist. Partly explainable by the long stay in such extreme conditions. All in all
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shows a bit of its age in gender roles and stereotypes. Regardless, it's a fairly well constructed novel of a far flung future where the empire of man has risen, fallen, and risen again. The story takes place from the view of a man of a technological society stuck on a back water planet for a number of years.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-farmerverse
A pretty straight forward sci-fi adventure of a man stranded on an alien world doing his best to survive amongst the unstable political situation and get off the planet by basically wheeling and dealing.
Nothing wildly memorable, but a nice pulp adventure feel to it.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it liked it
read 10.01.86
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I had a hard time putting this one down. What a great sci-fi story!
Mark Hodder
This is from the middle period in the development of the “planetary romance” SF sub-genre, advancing the conventions established by authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Bracket while laying the foundations for later works by such as Roger Zelazny and Gene Wolfe. It was Farmer’s first novel, and in tone it’s much more a precursor to his World of Tiers series than to his more sexual and controversial works. It’s a short read, filled with humour, thrills and inventiveness, and while not part ...more
Michael W.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Science Fiction, it was quite fun. The underpinnings the author's agnosticism and scientism become clear rather quickly. The story flows well and the reader will not want to put it down.

The LibriVox audio addition, read my Mark Nelson, is a pleasure. Obviously Nelson enjoys his reading, is clear in his enunciation, and has a voice that makes it easy on the ears. I recommend the book.
Herman Ceulemans
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it when "Zwerfeilanden in het Groen" was published in Dutch translation by Luitingh in 1968 ! Even after so many years I still find it an entertaining and swashbuckling tale !
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-cd, 2010-s
This is an interesting look at a new world with distinctly human problems
The book stars John Green, as a spaceman from Earth crashlanded on an alien planet that is, luckily for him, populated by a species that appears to be a lost branch of humanity. Unluckily, he is cast into slavery. But when he hears about two more spacemen being held captive in the capital, he decides to flee his role as a sex slave for the local Duchess--and flee the wife Amra and family he's established on the planet. Again, luckily for him, Amra is having none of that, and follows him. The boo ...more
Ally Atherton

This sci-fi/ fantasy adventure is set in a distant future where humans have colonised the solar system. Green's space ship crash lands on a primitive and barbaric Earth like planet where he is forced to live as a slave. He works his way up and becomes a gigolo for the local Duchess who is beautiful but extremely smelly. One day he hears that another space ship has landed and that two Earth men have been captured and he decides that this could lead to his return home. He decides that he must act
Il primo testo pubblicato sotto forma di romanzo da Farmer è una veloce ma gustosa variazione sul tema dell’uomo solo su un pianeta ed in una società aliena. Per un incidente, l’ittiologo Green naufraga su un mondo che vive una specie di medioevo e dovrà fare i salti mortali – anche logici, talvolta – per cercare di liberarsene. La lettura del libro richiede poche ore ed è perciò adatta alla stagione, ma il lavoro dell’autore per costruire una civiltà extraterrestre si fa apprezzare: forse il fi ...more
Robert Hepple
First published in 1957, this novel is set on a planet populated by humans with a medieval feudalistic society, with some evidence of a high technology culture in the distant past. The central character is shipwrecked survivor of an Earth based freighter which was lost some years earlier, who, having been a slave since that time makes a bid for freedom after hearing a story about a spaceship having landed in another continent. The story is mainly about his adventures in the resultant journey. As ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another one of those classic sci-fi books that is a must read every few years at the least. I’ve read this thing about five times already and thought it was time for another reread. This is a cleverly spun tale of being marooned on a strange alien planet which for the most part is very feudal in all appearance. Alan Green only hope is to get to the iron vessel at Estorya. This demon vessel is obviously a spacecraft and his only hope for leaving this miserable world.
Lee Belbin
SF that goes back the equivalent of AD 1000 on a strange grass planet where the hero Alan is a marooned space traveler, married to a impressive local. He escapes his consort role via land 'ships', discovers space faring remnants and a new arrival and makes good. Quirky but readable.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is classic "old school" science fiction, from the days when rocket ships and anti-gravity machines were exotic enough to carry the day. It's a fun story with good characters, but it's not very deep or thought-provoking.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this on audiobook. A fun story. The way it opens makes you really want to know more about the background of the character and what exactly is going on. In that way it sucks you in. The action sequences are a bit lackluster though. Fun stuff.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book, not your typical sci-fi book, but I guess since it takes place in outer space. It was quite humorous in places also which is not typical of sci-fi books. Will definitely have to read some other books by this author
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Farmer's biggest advantages have always been very good universe building and this is demonstrated in this short novel very well.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
riverworld is better
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1979 grade B+
The Green Odyssey is a fast paced Planet Stories style tale, similar to Leigh Bracket's and Edgar Rice Burroughs' work. It's light on the science, heavy on the sword-play.
Emanuele Gemelli
Honest book, but nothing more than that.
Jonathan Norton
Very good short SF novel from the 50s, about an Earthman trying to escape a less-advanced society he has crashlanded into. Some very imaginative ideas and a good tale.
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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