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Wasp (udgave 2000)

af Eric Frank Russell (Forfatter)

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The war had been going on for nearly a year and the Sirian Empire had a huge advantage in personnel and equipment. Earth needed an edge. Which was where James Mowry came in. If a small insect buzzing around in a car could so distract the driver as to cause that vehicle to crash, think what havoc one properly trained operative could wreak on an unsuspecting enemy. Intensively trained, his appearance surgically altered, James Mowry is landed on Jaimec, the ninety-fourth planet of the Sirian Empire. His mission is simple: sap morale, cause mayhem, tie up resources, wage a one-man war on a planet of eighty million. In short, be a wasp. First published in 1957, Wasp is generally regarded as Eric Frank Russell's best novel , a witty and exciting account of a covert war in the heart of enemy territory.… (mere)
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Titel:Wasp
Forfattere:Eric Frank Russell (Forfatter)
Info:Gollancz (2000), Edition: Collectors, 176 pages
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Wasp - Eric Frank Russell
Pulp science fiction from 1957 which has somehow become part of the Masterwork science fiction series. It holds the premise that a single person can seriously disrupt a world government if it goes about it in the right way; the analogy is of a wasp in a car full of people that can cause a car crash and this may be true because a friend of mine drove into a ditch when a wasp flew in his car window. While a wasp could cause a car crash we are really into a fantasy world in thinking that one person could be instrumental in bringing down an alien military government with the tactics that the protagonist James Mowry uses in this novel. There is not much science but plenty of fiction.

As a serialised entry in a 1950's pulp magazine this could have been splashed on the front page, but as an example of the cutting edge of science fiction writing in the late 1950's it does not cut. 3 stars. ( )
1 stem baswood | Feb 1, 2021 |
Home grown terrorist
pain-in-the-ass patriot
fearless stickerer. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Unfortunate & irrelevant cover. Exciting little story - still exceedingly relevant. Low yuck factor, moderate predictability, no female characters, no sexism or racism. No B&W good vs. evil, which was interesting - that is to say, the Sirians were all too familiar, not evil. Russell is a d* fine writer of classic SF pulp. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A SF Masterwork, and I was pretty sure I’d read this many, many, many years ago, but I couldn’t remember anything about the story. I must have picked up the main points of the plot through general osmosis, because once I started reading the book I realised it was all new to me. The story is simple enough: Earth is at war with the purple-skinned humanoid aliens of the Sirian Empire, so Earth drops an agent provocateur, skin suitably dyed (really? yes, really), into a city on a Sirian world, and his job is to disrupt industry and government to such an extent the Sirian Empire finds it hard to wage war. This involves lots of the sort of tricks that may or may not have been successful during World War II against the Germans. Unfortunately, the Sirians are implausibly stupid, their secret police are more like the Thompson Twins than the Gestapo, and except for a few pieces of sf furniture, the story could just as easily have set in, well, 1957. If you think this reads like a how-to manual for destabilising governments, as some reviewers apparently do, then I suspect you need to get out more. ( )
  iansales | Mar 14, 2015 |
Wasp by Eric Frank Russell is one of the most gleefully subversive books I've ever read. Its SF premise barely disguises an A-Z manual on how to destabilise governments.
Earth is losing a war against the Sirian Empire. In a bid to change the odds one man is disguised as a Sirian and sent to the enemy homeworld. His instructions: to cause as much chaos as he possibly can. He does. And after reading Wasp, you'll know how to follow his example. :D ( )
  othersam | Nov 21, 2014 |
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The war had been going on for nearly a year and the Sirian Empire had a huge advantage in personnel and equipment. Earth needed an edge. Which was where James Mowry came in. If a small insect buzzing around in a car could so distract the driver as to cause that vehicle to crash, think what havoc one properly trained operative could wreak on an unsuspecting enemy. Intensively trained, his appearance surgically altered, James Mowry is landed on Jaimec, the ninety-fourth planet of the Sirian Empire. His mission is simple: sap morale, cause mayhem, tie up resources, wage a one-man war on a planet of eighty million. In short, be a wasp. First published in 1957, Wasp is generally regarded as Eric Frank Russell's best novel , a witty and exciting account of a covert war in the heart of enemy territory.

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