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Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds

(Alacrity FitzHugh and Hobart Floyt #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Minor Terran bureaucrat, Hobart Floyt, has been left a mysterious inheritance by the ruler of an empire located many light-years away. Earth's government is broke and its functionaries want Floyt to collect the money. To make sure he succeeds, they blackmail a brash young spacer named Alacrity Fitzhugh into shepherding him on a dangerous interstellar quest. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 12th 1985 by Del Rey Books
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Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh books are the best of Brian Daley's work, although all of his stories are great. Daley was a master of good storytelling, where there was never a wasted page, and the adventure and humor never stopped. In this series, our heros travel from a shantytown on the Moon out to a distant star system to claim a surprise inheritance where they make friends and enemies with some of the most powerful people in the galaxy. There is great science fiction at work here - ...more
Patricia Green
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful cast of characters! But more than that, I found Daley's made-up words to be incredibly clever and evocative. The language of this book is simply not duplicated in more current novels; it's rich and decadent. I highly recommend this very well written romp through the spaceways. ...more
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a fun, humorous book. A well worn plot set in a rather shallow future, but the characters were good & it all worked very well together. There are a couple of others that follow this. All great rainy day material. Candy books that I keep around to read occasionally for relaxation.
Mary Lauer
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series. I was thrilled to see it finally available in Kindle version. A great sense of humour which never seems like it's trying too hard, fabulous inventiveness, and characters you can actually like and root for. HIGHLY recommended. ...more
Lori S.
Hearing this on audio for the first time is a treat.
Daniel Swensen
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds would make a great movie. The main characters are a nice spin on the classic mismatched "buddy" duo, and the inheritance / will-reading gag is not one you see too often in science fiction. What really shines in Daley's work, though, is the loving treatment given to alien cultures and habitations. From the odd gift-giving habits of the "lashup" families, to the property-hungry alien who gets turned on by a game of Monopoly, Daley's setting is clever, funny, and a gre ...more
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eternal
I am definitely biased on this one. I discovered this some enchanted summer when I was 16 and way too into sci-fi because girls were hard to come by when home-schooled and living in the woods of Maine. This series did the trick. Plenty of epic science fiction and just enough sex and adventure to keep my hyper active teenage mind engaged.

For me, this series, by the writer of the Han Solo Star Wars books, was far bigger and better than Star Wars itself, with much more realism and fun.

For the youn
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this series back when it first came out and loved it. I was excited to be able to get the ebook edition and after reading through the first book again I am very pleased at how well it has aged. Many SF books from that era did not. Both main characters are well fleshed out and likable, the plot moves along well and the world is a lot of fun. The plot does suffer a bit near the end as it becomes clear that it is part of a longer series, but overall I highly recommend it even now.
Christopher D'Amico
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh barely know each other…or at all…. But when the latter, an alien to Earth, is taken to task for a trumped-up charge, and the former xenophobic Earth-dweller is bequeathed an unknown part of the recently-deceased galactic director’s will, the rather trepid twosome will learn a lot about each other very quickly. But will they survive to hear (and enjoy?!) what Floyt might inherit?
A quick-read sci-fi adventure that blends a fish-out-of-water with a lot of other di
Interesting thoughts but not his best book
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good an adventure story that I have read for a long time. I have already bought the next book in the series.
Mark E.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first of a series of three. I read it long ago, back when Brian Daley was still alive, but it remains in the top three, and maybe even the top one science fiction trilogy I have ever read. Daley puts two unlikely characters together, a space bum and an earth hugger (my terms) and puts together a duo that make amazing chemistry. The story is intriguing, exciting and hilarious, and I remember my relief, as I finished this first book, knowing I had the second book on my desk, ready to b ...more
Zachary Mclaughlin
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Great book. After a string of epic fantasy novels it was nice to read something short and fast paced. The story is linear, doesn't confuse you with too many characters and takes place in a sci-fi world that is actually somewhat believable. Could have been edited a bit better, I found a handful of typos. The characters are somewhat straightforward, lacking a bit of complexity, but the abscence of description allows the action to take place uninterrupted. ...more
John Pedersen
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read the Hobart Floyt / Alacrity Fitzhugh books several times. I'm working on downsizing my library, so I read these one more time before I get rid of them. Fun books - well imagined universe (the Third Breath of Humanity, the Precursors), decent characters (Heart, Dincrist, Baron Mason, the Foragers, Sintilla, Governor Redlock), amusing and imaginative plot lines. They're not great literature, but they are great fun! ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series is terrific. The first one is good, but the second and third are great.

The first book starts off a little grim, but Brian Daley knows how to write a fun book, and he really shows it with these. The characters are great - you find yourself wanting to know more about them. Once I got into things, the humor really came out, too.

Man, I wish he had had a chance to write about 3 more books, it felt like things were just hitting their stride.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first SiFi book of Daley's I have ready. I love his fantasy novels and was not disappointed by his SiFi story. As always he doesn't just tell a story with cool interesting characters he builds amazing worlds for them to occupy. I am very much looking forward to the other 2 books in this trilogy. Highly recommended ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rollicking pulp star blazer akin to Abbott and Costello in outer space sans the slapstick. Loveable characters, a quick pace, intriguing verbiage, interesting socio-political undercurrents, and just some good, old-fashioned Saturday serial/matinee adventure.
Shannon Reel
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Great characters, great bad guy (well, bad government) to fight against, and terrific new universe.
Ralph McEwen
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
OK you never know where you'll learn something. From this book I learned that recumbent bicycles have been around along time and were banned from racing around 1938. My research says 1934. ...more
Chris Mcdermott
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down my favorite science fiction series. A rambling space adventure in a fun universe.
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I first read these as a teen, and had a crush on Alacrity. I love these books - fun space opera with good characters, lots of plot intrigue, etc.
Alex Stockdale
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
First in a series that does a great job of blending space opera with humour.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most humorous and ejoyable reads ever.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dale Rosso
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Really enjoyed the story.
Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it

The main characters's name is Alacrity Fitzhugh. Make of that what you will.

Connor Stack
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
The humor and styalized characters remind me of The Fifth Element. It's just a really good, page-turning adventure. ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read it as a kid. Loved every moment of it
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get excited about it... sad to say ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-other
Good "old school" science fiction. I enjoyed it. ...more

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Brian was born in Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey on Dec. 22, 1947. A blizzard kept him and his mother at the hospital over Christmas, and the nurses sang "Away in a Manger" to them.

His middle name is Charles. He grew up in Rockleigh, NJ. His mother's name was Myra and his father's name was Charles. He has an older brother, David, and a younger sister, also named Myra. He had no child

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