Sunday, March 18, 2012

Interstellar Patrol by Christopher Anvil, Edited by Eric Flint


Science Fiction/Space Opera

Interstellar Patrol was the Science Fiction Book Club selection for March.  Christopher Anvil wrote mostly novella and short story length works that were published in several of the Science Fiction magazines during the 1960’s and 70’s.  His works are coincided to be among the classics of that period.  Baen collected and published several different collections of his stories. 

Interstellar Patrol contains the first stories of Roberts, Morrissey, and Hammell as they start on the road to becoming members of the Interstellar Patrol.  Everyone agreed it was a good book and a good way to compare Science Fiction today with Science Fiction during the 60’s and 70’s.

The female members of the club commented on the lack of women in the stories.  There were exactly 3 mentions of women in the first two parts of the book and none were over 3 sentences long.  That was always a problem for me when I first started reading Science Fiction and is one thing that has changed.

This is one of the few times we all liked the book and we all agreed we would like to read Interstellar Patrol II to here more about the adventures of Roberts Morrissey and Hammell as they continue their career in the Interstellar Patrol.

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