- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765358077
- ISBN-13: 978-0765358073
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 16.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,698,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Space Vulture Mass Market Paperback – 2 Feb 2009
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"What a time machine! "Space Vulture" takes me back to Alex Raymond's classic "Flash Gordon "comic strip and to all the other great science fiction adventures that thrilled me as a kid. The book is full of color, action, and fun. Gary Wolf and John Myers have brilliantly managed the neat trick of not only evoking a beloved genre, but actually surpassing it."---Stan Lee""Space Vulture" provides a rollicking good time with a spice of high camp and a moral underpinning far more sophisticated than the original space operas were ever capable of attaining."---Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, astronomer at the Vatican Observatory"Here's the pure quill, a real slam-bang heroic space opera written by men who haven't forgotten a beloved book they shared as boys. Read it, and have a thrilling adventure that would have been serialized in "Planet Stories"."---Gene Wolfe"When both the world and I were very young, there was nothing, absolutely nothing, like "Planet Stories" for young aficionados of blistering action science fiction. And now, believe it or not, it's back, under the title of "Space Vulture". It's a book, admittedly, not a magazine, but it still has the taste and feel and bouquet of the real thing. It's "Planet Stories, " fellas, come all the way back to roaring life again!"---William Tenn
About the Author
Gary K. Wolf is the veteran SF author best known for creating the character of Roger Rabbit in "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, "the basis for the hit film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, " winner of three Academy Awards. He grew up in Earlville, Illinois, and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts.The Most Reverend John J. Myers was the Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, before being installed as archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, in 2001. He holds a doctorate in canon law and has written in that field as well as on theological and pastoral matters. He grew up in Earlville, Illinois, and now lives in Newark, New Jersey. This is his first novel.
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I have well over a thousand books in my library, and have read thousands more, and rarely does one ever find a book this entertaining. As other reviewers have said, if you knock this for being unrealistic or one dimensional you have completely missed the point. These guys have hit the perfect mix of over the top tech, archetypical hero and villain characters, and fun roller coaster plotting to keep you turning pages till the wee hours, and to bring the pulp space opera back to vibrant, pulsating,good timing life. This books only flaw is that it's not part of a series. Where is Space Vulture Returns/Revenge of Space Vulture/Space Vulture Strikes Back/ etc. etc. You get the picture...
There are many parts where undefined alien technology is casually mentioned. I love it, though some may find it cheesy, but hey, if you don't want cheesy, you aren't the target demographic for old-school sci-fi. ;)
The day after I finished it (which took only two days because I couldn't put the book down... would have taken one day, but I guess my one month old daughter needed to eat) I loaned it to my sci-fi-loving father-in-law, because I *had* to share this brilliant book.
Stop reading this and buy it. Now.