Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Zombie Vampires

By Harry Harrison and Jack C. Haldeman II
Volume 4 of the series has Bill, starship trooper, off on an adventure that bears a striking resemblance to the 1979 movie, Alien.
Assigned to the Bounty, captained by Captain Blight, Bill is the lone MP on board, in charge of a group of angry, disgruntled criminals. Bill soon becomes angry and disgruntled too because he and the criminals are restricted to a diet of okra while the captain and the officers eat like kings. Then the captain limits their drinking water and the criminals revolt. The captain and officers are captured and forced to live on the despised okra while Bill and the criminals stuff themselves on the choice goodies denied them for so long.
Their plan is to abandon the officers on a desolate planet. Upon their arrival, they discover the planet's only installation, a communications station, is deserted. They set about exploring, and Bill finds a cavern under the station filled with strange pods and things go downhill very quickly after that.

This was a pretty good and funny read, especially if the reader is familiar the the movie the book lampoons. Overall, it is a silly story, just for fun mainly, but I enjoyed it.

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