Unorthodox Engineers (Dobson science fiction) Paperback – 1 Nov 1979
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About the Author
Colin Kapp (1928 - 2007)
Born in 1928, Colin Kapp was both a British SF author and a worker in electronics, later becoming a freelance consultant in electroplating. His writing career began with the publication of 'Life Plan' in New Worlds in November 1958. Kapp is best known for his stories about the Unorthodox Engineers, which gained a modest cult following. He passed away in 2007.
For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/kapp_colin
Top Customer Reviews
This collection of little gems poses intriguing puzzles to the Engineers who are exploring new planets and new technologies. Morals are carefully hidden, but still there, like in The Subways of Tazoo where a wonderful technology wipes out its alien creators because they were too dependant on it and did not see the consequences of adopting it. The Engineers, of course, always solve the riddle.
The clever bit is that people remember these highly original little stories for years afterwards, and they are often quoted in other books!
I just wish there were more like these.
I got it because I was reminded of "The Subways of Tazoo" in SFX magazine (recommended!) and I recalled "The Pen and the Dark" vaguely from my college days.
What can I say? The stories are brief and to the point, and it's interesting to see how unorthodox engineering problems need unorthodox engineering solutions.
Yes, I'd recommend it.
Under-plotted and under-characterised .... or stripped back to a basic premise and unexpected resolution.
You'll either love it or hate it.
I loved it as a kid, and love it now.
It's very well written, and although the characters are not the most fleshed out, the clever foreshadowing of eventual solutions and the charm of the writing definitely wins me over on this one, and I would agree that this is, indeed, an SF Masterwork. Well, technically five... :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will check out more from the author. The problems posed to the engineers were intriguing and made me keen to figure out the solutions before they... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. S. Baker
I read this first when I was at university more years ago than I like to remember. I lent my copy to someone who lost it, so it was great to be able to get a Kindle copy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. A. Parr
If you like good science in your SF stories rather than cowboys in space then you will enjoy this.
Well written and gripping.
I remember reading this from the library many years ago. It clearly made an impression since I've been looking for a copy since. A very amusing read.Published on 13 Jun. 2014 by Nick