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Space Captain Smith, by Toby Frost (or, Civis Britannicus Sum, tit-face!) Nebhead Send a noteboard - 24/09/2009 10:07:01 PM
Cover of Space Captain Smith It's the 25th century and the British Space Empire is spreading civilisation, democracy and tea across the galaxy. However, the dreaded Ghast hive (evil ant soldiers) are hell-bent on glactic dominion, and wouldn't mind exterminating humanoid life along the way.

Thus sets the stage for Space Captain Isambard Smith, sent on a perilous journey to bring a fair dame into the safety of the Empire in his ship, the John Pym. Keeping the Captain company are his best friend, the alien Suruk (who's idea of a holiday consists mostly of terror, mayhem, and returning with a bag full of skulls for the mantleplace), his pilot Carveth, who's actually a renegade sex-doll, and the ship mascot, a hamster called Gerald. They are pursued across the galaxy by a pantomime cast of bad guys, including the John Gilead (a psychopathical officer from the religious empire of New Eden) and 462, one of the Ghast commanders (with a big behind).

Frost aims for the sort of surreal, off the wall humour found in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Red Dwarf and Pratchett's Discworld novels, and while he falls slightly short (the humour is generally more slapstick than intellectual/ironic) it's still frequently laugh-out-loud funny. The book satirises all that's sacred about being British, from the Victorian sense of decorum and stiff upper lip to the opinion of the French.

The author does know his Science Fiction, and it's fun to play spot-the-reference as you read along. The plot (and there is a plot for the humour to hang of, a pleasant surprise) moves briskly along and the action spices things up nicely.

If you're looking for a light-hearted romp around space with an incompetent but well meaning British chap in a red serge uniform and his frequently violent mis-adventures, Space Captain Smith is for you.
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Spoony made this aaaages ago for me. Never got to use it though... until now!
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Space Captain Smith, by Toby Frost (or, Civis Britannicus Sum, tit-face!) - 24/09/2009 10:07:01 PM 7885 Views
I am tempted - 25/09/2009 09:59:33 AM 1449 Views
Go for it. - 25/09/2009 10:11:23 AM 1630 Views
Re: Go for it. - 25/09/2009 10:17:10 AM 1548 Views
I'll have to borrow that from you too. - 25/09/2009 05:06:35 PM 1552 Views
Sounds like a winner. - 25/09/2009 05:52:57 PM 1604 Views
It was readable enough. Decent time filler. Same for the follow up *NM* - 26/09/2009 02:38:36 AM 787 Views

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