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The Pirates of Ersatz Paperback – Apr 30 2009

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (April 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0559060084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0559060083
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.1 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pirates of Ersatz Nov. 21 2012
By Carey E. Dorset - Published on
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A great story for old time sci fi fans. Murray Leinster was one of the masters of the 50s and 60s. The only hitch I found was in looking for the original Pirates of Zan. I initially found this one, and bought it, but wasn't sure if it was the same story, so bought Pirates of Zan as well. It was the same story, so get one or the other, but not both.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pirates at their best! March 17 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Rollicking excitement along with neverending bloodless mayhem and treachery. If you love adventure, pirates, comedy, science fiction and just darn good writing, then you will love this book! It has everything, love, romance and battles in space. I've owned a copy of this book for more years than I wish to think about and it still thrills me every time I pick it up and dive into some of the best writing ever produced. The money you spend for this book will be some of the best spent money of your life!
Pirates, in space (aka Pirates of Zan) Nov. 17 2013
By Manly Reading - Published on
Format: Paperback
If I had not known that this was written by Murray Leinster* in 1959, I might have suspected it was early Jack Vance from a decade earlier. There is a little of that whimsy and faint sense of the ridiculous, although it's a little more heavy-handed in places than Vance generally was. All of that is something of a compliment, by the way.

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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome! April 21 2013
By quatromadre - Published on
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Amusing, fun, and very good for children. No profanity, violence or dumb romance. Humour at every turn. Nothing but time between this and a classic.
A nice, easy read Sept. 28 2013
By S. Matthews - Published on
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I ended up reading this book for my book club. I have to admit I did enjoy it because it is a nice easy read (a little slow at times) and it seems more like a juvenile or junior high read than an adult novel.
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.

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