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Colony Paperback – 26 Jul 2001
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About the Author
Rob Grant spent three years writing for Spitting Image and with Doug Naylor co-wrote the hit series Red Dwarf. For Penguin he co-wrote two bestselling Red Dwarf novels, and was the sole author of BACKWARDS. He lives in Highgate, London.
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One of the intended crew, Charles Gordon is celebrating his last days on Earth when he wins a fortune in a casino - reluctant to leave his new found wealth and envisaged lavish lifestyle behind, he decides to stay.
He gives his Mayflower entry to Eddie O'Hare - the main character of the book. Eddie has hit a bit of a financial crisis (a lot of one actually) and seizes the chance to escape, given the fact that someone attempted to kill him earlier - it seems like a pretty good opportunity.
Once on board, he discovers he has replaced a fascist loon who is the community planner - and soon after - he is killed.
Revived several generations later; the ship is ran by the inbred descendants of the original crew. They are retarded and the captain has a habit of giving new planets rude names. The ship is in a state of disrepair and seems to have forgotten how to auto-repair itself. And on top of all this - a centuries old mentalist is trying to kill Eddie.
His adventure often seems a bit daft, but it is entertaining enough to take you through the full story. I suppose it's best described as "a yarn". This isn't going to be your favourite book, but you'll care enough about the lead character to want to know what will happen to him.
This is a funny book - not laugh out loud hilarious, but it is still funny. It is sci-fi, and it's different to Red Dwarf, it seems a little like The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy with its anti-heroic Eddie O'Hare.
This isn't best sci-fi comedy piece you'll come across, but it is still a worthy read. I feel this is a 3.5 star book, but as there is no option for that, I'd say it is more deserving of four than three. You might not consider it to be one of those books you want to read over again - but I'm sure you'll want to explore more of Rob Grant's solo works, and for that I strongly recommend his non-sci-fi novel "Fat".
- Jonathan Capps