Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bill, the Galactic Hero: The Final Incoherent Adventure!

By Harry Harrison and David Harris

Bill, who specialty is fuse tending, finds himself chosen to be a gunner in a war against the planet Eyerack. His job is pretty simple,  reduced to a sort of video game with a joy stick and a screen. All he has to do is point and shoot at the little targets on the screen, and the military has kindly supplied him with all the tokens he will need to keep the game running. Things are going really good and Bill is racking up a great score. What could go wrong? According to the Captain, Captain Kadaffi, God is on their side. Or is He? It's hard to tell who is right and who is wrong and Bill, after crashing on the surface of Eyerack, is changing sides more frequently than his underwear.

I guess this is supposed to be some sort of commentary on the Iraq war, with characters like Captain Kadaffi and a planet named Eyerack. Bill bounces from side to side, in his search for safety and security. The whole story seems kind of pointless and it just kind of dribbles away to a very unsatisfying ending. Not recommended.

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