Space Captain Smith Paperback
by Toby Frost
Part of the Space Captain Smith series
In the 25th Century the British Space Empire thrives in Earth's corner of the Milky Way.
The only threat is the gathering menace of the evil Ghast Empire whose arachnoid stormtroopers are hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life.
Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out and battle damaged light cruiser John Pym.
His entire crew comprises his trusted friend Suruk, a seven foot tusked and mandibled headhunter, his android pilot, who is secretly a fugitive sex toy, and a hamster called Gerald.
Their mission is a simple one: to collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the laid back New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to Earth.
Straightforward enough - except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/05/2008
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781905802135
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Review by hagelrat
Space Captain Smith gently and fondly sends up the British Empire (moustaches, tea, stiff upper lip etc) and the sci fi genre while avoiding a clumsy caricature. It's light and entertaining, well written and the characters are sufficiently well thought out and likeable that I am keen to see what the next outing with the crew of the John Pym brings.This is probably a good bet for Douglas Adams fans and people who find PK Dick just a little too surreal, also Red Dwarf, Blackadder Goes Fourth and Farscape fans might enjoy it.
Review by DWWilkin
I wanted to like this book.I like the cover and I liked the premise.A Victorian British Space Empire.But it had only a veneer of that empire. Instead it was pure foolishness, and terrible formatting. It looked anything but professional, and then the jokes are not universal.It is a tongue in cheek space opera romp. And it is poorly done. So poorly that you don't want to read big chunks of it, for it makes little sense, and then the resolutions to the problems that the main characters get involved in are too easily solved for them.So the tension and drama have no power. And as mentioned, the jokes that the author thinks to carry the story are very selective. If you do not know the joke, then you won't get it. It is not like Who's On First for English speakers. Jokes that no matter your age or background you get. Not even jokes centered on space opera, or british empire humor. You have to understand the cultural references of the writer, and if you don't the jokes fall flat. As well as would never be relevant in a time period several hundred years further than our own. Five hundred years from now, the things that Spacers listen to as music, won't be third string tunes from now. If they listen to any of our contemporary music, it is going to have to be best selling cuts from the biggest bands. We don't often play the least known of Bach's work now, and certainly not many of the other chorus master's compositions that were living at his time.That is the setting that the characters banter back and forth. Lessor known cultural references.Not worth continuing on. Shame that the cover is so good.
Review by m4marya
This book made me laugh out loud. That doesn't happen very often. I made my bf put down the book he was reading and read it right after I did. If I had waited I would have ruined the book by reading him all the funny bits, which would have been most of the book. I loved it, and loved the writing, the characters, and was impressed the with sheer amount of silly sexual innuendo. This book is Brilliant!
Review by sloopjonb
Quite amusing. It's space opera with knob gags, basically. Will not translate into American.
Review by Kellswitch
A very awkward start, and over all a fairly awkward book it did improve as it went on. Overall not horrible book but not great book either.The conceit of the book, Victorian era British colonialism played out in the future and with star systems vs. the continents on Earth could end up being an enjoyable one, but at least in this first book it was handled so clumsily and one dimensionally at times that it took me right out of the story, the characters and situations were just to unbelievable to get very involved in and care about.This is the first book in the series as well as the authors first book in general and I can see potential in it the concept, I'm just not sure I'm interested enough to try the next book.
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