- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (Sept. 1 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575072407
- ISBN-13: 978-0575072404
- Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 1.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 236 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,938,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
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.
The deadpan humor about the universal nature of red-tape and the crass stupidity of both sides in the conflict comes across as fresh today and must have seemed startling at the height of the cold war.