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Bill The Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison

Bill, the Galactic Hero is a humorous, satirical science fiction series written by Harry Harrison. The first novel in the series (Bill, the Galactic Hero) was first published in 1965 and roughly retells the famous anti world war one novel "The Good Soldier Švejk" (written by Jaroslav Hašek) but set in the future.

The overall theme of the series is similar to Hašek's work, with the protagonist tricked into joining the army by an unscrupulous recruiting sergeant. He is then sent on a succession of badly organized adventures. Satire is evident throughout with spoof's of many popular Science fiction authors including Isaac Asimov, Doc Smith, Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers) and Joseph Heller.

Also prevalent throughout is the constant drunkenness, incompetence of officers, petty pilfering that has been seen by many (including a Vietnam veteran) as being very close to the truth.

Books in the series

  • Bill The Galactic Hero
  • Bill the Galactic Hero On the Planet of Robot Slaves
  • Bill the Galactic Hero On the Planet of Bottled Brains
  • Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Tasteless Pleasure
  • Bill the Galactic Hero On the Planet of Zombie Vampires
  • Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Hippies from Hell
  • Bill the Galactic Hero The Final Incoherent Adventure
  • Galactic Dreams
Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
- Terry Pratchett

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