Wednesday, March 7, 2012

eBook Review: Operation: Outer Space

Murray Leinster , Operation:  Outer Space

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 221 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • Average Customer Review: no reviews
  • Price: $0.00 

1. Short review: 

2. Long review:
2.1. What I liked: Good golden-age sf story.
Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Roller coaster, but a small roller coaster.
The book is free. There are versions on Kindle that cost money. Get the free version. (The cover above is from a version that costs money. The free cover is dull.)

2.2. What I did not like:  Leinster used saidisms and adverbs. An example:
"This is your seat, Mr. Cochrane," she said professionally.

"Wait," said Babs confidently.
'Said professionally'? How is that different from just 'said'? And how does anyone say 'wait' confidently?

2.3. Who I think is the audience:  Science fiction fans. 

2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read?  Yes. No worries.

2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book?  I have. It is free, too.

2.6. Other:  Operation:  Outer Space is an easy read. The characters are somewhat one-dimensional. None of them changes in the course of the book. The book is a juvenile space adventure. It is fun but forgettable.

Both Leinster's Operation: Outer Space (published 1954) and Heinlein's Farmer in the Sky (1953) postulated futures in which Earth was overpopulated and food was in short supply. When they wrote these works, that was the most probable future. That future will not be. Today, food is not in short supply. Today, wherever there is hunger, it is the fault of politics, not production.

Two men are responsible for the fact that we can feed the world today:  Norman Borlaug and Henry Beachell. They made the green revolution. I would not be alive today, you would not be alive today, but for the work of these two men.

2.7. Links:  Gutenberg Project download

2.8. Buy the book:  Operation: Outer Space


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