Galactic Dreams

Galactic Dreams

Harry Harrison

Language: English

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: Jan 1, 1994

Words: 51831
Pages: 228


A collection of tales featuring the legendary Bill, the Galactic Hero, a crazed space soldier given to hilarious misadventures, includes classic stories and a never-before-published account of a daring deed. From Publishers Weekly Few commercial writers are more deserving of their popularity than Harrison ( The Hammer and the Cross ), a fine writer who occasionally reaches brilliant heights. His latest collection boasts moments that rank high, but the overall level is middling. The colloquial "histories" of "Famous First Words" are never less than quaint and at times hilarious, while "At last, the True Story of Frankenstein" stands above most of the myriad variations on Mary Shelley's original. Even in the several pieces (such as "The Pad") that seem to have outlived their day, Harrison's wit is an adequate recommendation. But several tales ("If"; "Mute Million") rely too heavily on their trick-of-the-tail endings, and the lone new story ("Bill, the Galactic Hero's Happy Holidays") is one of the least worthy entries. Diverting if not impressive, this collection is still a pleasant read. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal A dozen stories, including an adventure never before published featuring the galactic hero Bill, demonstrate the versatile talents of this prolific sf veteran author (Stainless Steel Visions, Tor Bks., 1993). Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.