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Galactic Odyssey

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  20 reviews
It was strange enough to begin with -- I, Billy Danger, stranded on a planet with the beautiful Lady Raire. After the massacre that tool two of our party, we alone were left, waiting to be rescued.

Hope filled my breast when a spaceship landed, but the batlike dwarfs that emerged, viciously beat me up, grabbed the Lady Raire...and when I came to, they were gone with her.

Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1967 by Berkley
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 14, 2013

Ok, earlier this yr I went on a spree of reading John Brunner bks & reviewing them. He was a new discovery for me - even tho I'd know about him for decades I'd never read the work. That was sortof not a complete waste of my time. It might've been if it were the main thing that I do, but it wasn't. Then I went on a Jules Verne spree. I'd read Verne before, of course, mostly when I was much younger. That was so
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-baen
Why I Read This Book: I read Eric Flint's comments on the death of Christopher Anvil in the latest issue of Locus; I believe Flint said that Baen had released (almost?) all of Anvil's work in DRM-free ebooks, so I visited the Webscriptions site to try a sampler or two. Along the way I downloaded a free copy of Keith Laumer's Odyssey, which is an omnibus of Galactic Odyssey and several other books. I took a brief glance at the opening of Galactic Odyssey ... and was quickly hooked.

Galactic Odysse
There is SO MUCH story crammed into this 200 page book, it's incredible. The very basic plot of the book is that a guy, Billy Danger, is down on his luck and sleeps in a barn one night. The barn happens to be a disguised spacecraft, and he's accidentally become a stow-away. Rather than putting him out the airlock, the owners decide he can replace their former gun-boy. You see, this is a yacht for an interstellar hunting party. After hitting several planets, Billy finally seems to be getting the ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old-fashioned pulp sf adventure that lives up to its title. Four stars if that's what you are looking for.
S.j. Thompson
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another vintage Sci-Fi gem, written in 1967, opens with down on his luck earth man Billy Danger. He's lost in the country, it's begining to sleet and he is about to freeze to death when finds what he thinks is a corn silo but what turns out to be a space ship hiding on earth. Before he knows it, he's been whisked away into space with Lord Desroy, the ship's captain, Sir Orfeo the first mate and the beautiful Lady Raire. Billy is pressed into service as a gun bearer, learns the ropes quickly and ...more
Sci-fi club - Laumer's book was a great example of the Space Opera style from the early years of sci-fi. It stars Lady Raire, the damsel in distress, and Billy Danger, the pure and noble hero, and follows his epic journey to save the fair maiden, all playing across a colourful backdrop of dozens of stars, planets, and races. So many that it seems that Laumer had just been collecting a stack of scenes in search of a story, but no matter, they are all entertaining. Of course, in the end, the damse ...more
David Hill
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite quest SF adventure ever. I first read it in my early teens and I re-read the book about once a year until I was in my twenties. The adventure on the ice-bound world blows away the scene in The Empire Strikes Back -- and it was written some years before Empire was released. If only Laumer had been paid to write longer books -- most come in well under 300 pages, which I guess was pretty typical for the time in which he was writing. Oh, well. If you haven't read this one, read it, it wo ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escapism pur sang. And why not?

If you're looking for an easy, comfortable read, and if you like popcorn action adventure movies, this is the same thing (but in printed form).

This was actually one of my first SF books ever read, and I was hooked on SF ever after.

If you are looking for deep, insightful, emotional stories, this isn't the thing.

If you're looking for entertainment... why haven't you read this one yet?
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's like a classic space opera, with the noble man doing his all to rescue the noble woman. The twist if course is, although it doesn't mean as much now as when it was written, is that the noble hero is a black man (African American), something that he leaves to the very very end to tell us, in true propagandist style. Good for him
Trent Gillespie
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable sci fi classic novel. Fun characters and story line that covers 6 years of adventure. It has some odd coincidences with my book, so it was interesting to read those coincidences. Overall, I really enjoyed it.
Novel completely included in Odyssey. ...more
Bec D
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Galactic Odyssey by Keith Laumer (2000)
Mike S
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
A really great Laumer story, fast paced, imaginative, witty, gritty, funny... classic Laumer. I'm going to read everything he ever wrote, I really like this guy.
Read & Reviewed as part of an collection: Odyssey ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1984 grade B+
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, rollicking, tongue-in-cheek, Laumer. A space opera spoof, sort of cross between Retief and his serious stuff. Recommended.
Josh Goldman
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laumer's fast pace is what Robert Jordan was missing. I'm not sure why this contrast is so salient to me, whatever.
Jesse Toldness
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty much what it says on the tin. A good, solid, old-fashioned space adventure.
Jon Norimann
Entertaining science fiction about a man stranded on a planet. Although one must wonder if the world really needs yet another version of Robinson Crusoe.
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his sa

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