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Bill, the Galactic Hero: Planet of the Hippies from Hell Paperback – 4 Sep 1995

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (4 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057505526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575055261
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,341,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Harrison (1925-2012) Harry Harrison was born Henry Maxwell Dempsey in Connecticut, in 1925. He was the author of a number of much-loved series including the Stainless Steel Rat and Bill the Galactic Hero sequences and the Deathworld Trilogy. He was known as a passionate advocate of Esperanto, the most popular of the constructed international languages, which appears in many of his novels. He published novels for over half a century and was perhaps best known for his seminal novel of overpopulation, Make Room! Make Room!, which was adapted into the cult film Soylent Green.

David Bischoff is an American SF author. Born in Washington D.C. and now living in Eugene, Oregon, Bischoff writes science fiction books, short stories, and scripts for television. Though he has been writing since the early 1970s, and has had over 80 books published, Bischoff is best known for novelizations of popular movies and TV series including the Aliens, Gremlins, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and WarGames.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 1999
Format: Paperback
ON loan to the GBI, Bill is sent on a special mission to the ultimate trooper's paradise - Barworld, in Bill, the Galactic Hero ... On the Planet of The Hippies from Hell (published in the US as: Bill, the Galactic Hero ... On the Planet of Ten Thousand Bars) by Harry Harrison and David Bischoff. Along with fellow agent Elliot Methadrine (a G-man - he says "Gee" a lot and reminds Bill of his old buddy Eager Beager - and look what happened to him), Bill's mission is to investigate a series of Time/Space disturbances emanating from Barworld and to stop the Chingers, believed to be at the bottom of the problem, achieving time travel. But who is the wild eyed and hairy hippie hitman who nearly assassinates Bill and how does he vanish into thin air? Who is the equally hairy man who offers to tell Bill the meaning of life itself before he also vanishes? And to what lengths will Bill go to get a drink? Will he really put on a frock to get into an establishment like Uncle Nancy's Cross-Dressing Emporium? All these questions are answered (and complicated even further) in this highly enjoyable and improbable tale. Absolutely ridiculous but fun - and recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not the best but good 8 Mar. 2002
By W. Heyser - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just so people don't get confused, I thought it might be a good idea to mention here that this is exactly the same book as Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Ten Thousand Bars, or if it isn't it's virtually the same. On the whole the book is good, although I must say it isn't as good as some of the others in the series. It has its amusing moments, but it is a bit on the bizarre side, no denying. If you enjoyed the previous outings of Bill then you ought to read this one for continuity sake if nothing else. I know this isn't a stellar review, but it's still a good book and worth the time it takes to read.
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Written due to contractual obligations- H. Harrison was forced to ghost sign this 14 Dec. 2012
By Larry - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Harry Harrison's orginal work of "Bil the Galatic Hero" he was forced to come up with 4 more books that were written by hack writers. While Mr. Harrison overlooked and finally bought off on it, these 4 books were simply written to make money as parodys.
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