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The Magnificent Wilf

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Earth is contacted by Galactic Civilization and diplomat Tom Parent and his wife Lucy, a linguist, must represent Earth to the galaxy. There's only one tiny catch -- Lucy is, or may be, a Wilf. And you know what that means....
Paperback, 292 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Baen Books (first published 1995)
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Steve Isaak
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Magnificent is a clever, laugh-out-loud funny lark of a science fiction novel that builds on its episodic, character- and action-thrilling events. While the stakes are life-or-death high for Tom, Lucy, Rex (their dog) and this galaxy's alien races, Dickson maintains a frolicking feel throughout this superb and character-twisty work. This is one of my favorite reads in any genre, perhaps even an all-time favorite read. This is a book worth owning.

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Thomas Bätzler
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this book. First published in 1995, it reads much like 50's Pulp SF, complete with whacky aliens, flying cars and an adoring yet capable wife/sidekick. As such it was mildly amusing, but ultimately not very satisfying.
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Just fun science fiction.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone, humor, sci-fi
Enjoyed the first third of this book, but then the husband took main stage making the wife be a doormat for a large section of the next third, with a sudden reversal at the end. Kind of felt weird and not very funny to me.
Robert Keefer
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A comedy science fiction story worth your time (it's a quick read) if you need a laugh. Nothing too deep or mysterious, charter development a bit shallow, but funny at the right times.
Adam White
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Light, fluffy and fun read. I agree with another reviewer here who said it felt like a collection of short stories with the same characters - rather than a novel. But that said, did giggle a lot, and knocked it off in a afternoon. So if you like enjoyable non taxing, light brain fluff, this is worth the few hours you will need to read it.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a fun romp through space as a married couple from earth become ambassadors on an alien planet. My favorite bit involved saving a singing Jell-o mold from being eaten for dessert! Very fun stuff.
Fredrick Danysh
Tom Parent and his wife are touring the galaxy on a diplomatic mission. The acceptance of Earth by the rest of the galaxy depends on their performance. The fly in the ointment os that Lucy is a Wilf.
Audrey Hare
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Sorry Dad, didn't really like this one.
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably should be 3.5 stars. A lite fun read that won't tax the brain. Often seemed more like a collection of stories than a novel.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.