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The Pirates of Ersatz Paperback – Apr 30 2009
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About the Author
Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 - June 8, 1975) was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The Pirates of Ersatz is republished here (in the Spastic Cat edition with classic pirate cover) with what I assume are the original pulp illustrations from Astounding Science Fiction magazine. Mind you, those illustrations are...well...not very good, and could even be random public domain B&W art thrown in to match a particular scene in the book. But I applaud the sentiment, and that line art goes a long way to putting you in the right frame of mind to enjoy classic sci-fi featuring space pirates.
As far as plot goes, its something of a picaresque adventure across a few worlds, involving theft, abduction, piracy, and an unforgettable scene in a high-powered lawyer's office. There are also space-Amish and space pirates, not to mention what appears to be a heavily militarised version of a space UN.
The Pirates of Ersatz is a short book and a fun read. Its YA friendly while still having some reasonable depth here and there. Definitely worth a read if you see the phrase "space pirates!" and are intrigued.
* not actually his real name, but not Jack Vance either
The story is all about a young man named Bron Hoddan, who comes from not only a long line of pirates but also grew up on a planet filled with them. Buut Bron doesn't want to be a pirate, he wants to be an electrical engineer who builds something great, becomes wealthy, gains the admiration of people and marry a delightful girl. Bron doesn't think this is too much to ask and "The Pirates of Ersatz" follows his adventures trying to reach his dreams.