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Willful Child by Steven Erikson
  

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Hadrian Sawback is a dangerously gung-ho captain who makes James Bond look like a tender conservationist. His crew! Well … his chief engineer is claustrophobic, his security chief is drunk (admittedly not her fault), his doctor is an inflatable alien and his computer has been taken over by a malevolent AI. Now add in some aliens who communicate using slime, a world taken over by pets and a psychotic super chicken and you have some idea what a typical day is like aboard the starship “Willful Child”, except they’ve never had a typical day as this is their first … It is genuinely, brilliantly funny, a wonderful piece of intergalactic nonsense. It runs episodically obviously so should be easy to read in short bursts, yet I could not put it down. I would class it as dangerously addictive and beautifully clever. This is not the epic fantasy that Erikson is renowned for but a brilliant parody of space adventure. Excellent. It begs a sequel.

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Willful Child by Steven Erikson

These are the voyages of the starship, A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life life-forms, to boldly blow the...And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback - think James T Kirk crossed with 'American Dad' - and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through 'the infinite vastness of interstellar space'...The bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken a life-long passion for 'Star Trek' and transformed it into a hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-hi-tech-kit-along-the-way type over-blown science fiction adventure. The result is smart. inventive, occasionally OTT and often very funny - a novel that both deftly parodies the genre and pays fond homage to it.


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'Willful Child is a love letter to 'Star Trek and its fans - a pitch-perfect tour de force; Erikson walks a very fine line without ever once stumbling.'

-ROBERT J SAWYER, Huge Award-winning author of Fast Forward and Red Planet Blues

About the Author

Steven Erikson

Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced fantasy readers to his epic 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence, which has been hailed as a masterpiece. He lives in Cornwall.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Steven Erikson

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www.stevenerikson.com/

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Hardback

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
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9780593073070

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