Next of Kin Paperback – Sep 1 2002
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About the Author
Eric Frank Russell (1905-1978) was the first British writer to contribute regularly to Astounding Science Fiction, his first story, 'The Saga of Pelican West', appearing in that magazine in 1937. His novels include Sinister Barrier, Wasp and The Great Explosion and his short fiction has appeared in a number of collections.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is what all science fiction humor should be. The closest I have found are from the stories of Terry Pratchet's "Disk World" and related series', and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," although "Next of Kin" is far superior to them, at least as a stand-alone story. I HIGHLY recommend this story to any reader! It is thoroughly entertaining!
Do not read this book if you want to read serious science giction or military science fiction. That is not what this book is about. It was written to tell a story that should not be taken seriuos and that leaves a smile on your face. And this is exactly what it does, and brilliantly so.
This time the aliens being outwitted are on the other side of an intergalactic war, and they have made the unfortunate mistake of capturing and imprisoning an earthling. But that was not their biggest mistake, the biggest mistake was teaching him their language. For once they learn to communicate their war is as good as lost.
Most recent customer reviews
Wonderful book, I wish I could get hold of a copy and read it again. Highly recommend it to all si-fi readers.Published 1 month ago by Brian
Takes some standard genre subjects - science fiction, espionage, war - and blends them with Russell's quirky humor to produce a brilliantly entertaining book. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 1998
I first read this book in the 60's - it struck me as a futuristic "The Great Escape". The author may have intended to draw parallels with the numerous WW2 escape stories... Read morePublished on March 11 1998