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Wasp

By Eric Frank Russell 

14 Apr, 2019

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You

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Eric Frank Russell’s 1957 Wasp is a standalone science fiction novel. 

Terra and the Sirian Combine have been at war for a year. Humanity enjoys a significant technological edge, but the Sirians outnumber the Terrans ten-to-one. The solution, as far as Terra’s High Command is concerned, is to adopt tactics in which the weight of numbers cannot come into play. 

James Mowry is given an offer he cannot refuse. He is to become a wasp. 


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F‑IW!

The Great Explosion

By Eric Frank Russell 

29 Apr, 2015

Military Speculative Fiction That Doesn't Suck

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Military speculative fiction doesn’t have to be all pew-pew-pew and Stern People Who Do What’s Necessary. There’s lots of room for other approaches, including satire. The (or at least a) master of military satire was, of course, Eric Frank Russell, a British SF writer active mainly in the 1940s to the 1960s. His milSF story Allamagoosa” won the very first Hugo Award for Best Short Story, in 1955

Inaugurating my series of reviews of MilSFF That Does Not Suck with a classic like Allamagoosa” strikes me as a necessary antidote to the blind military-worship that all too-often characterizes the genre. There are two catches: I actually inaugurated the series last week with Cook’s The Dragon Never Sleeps and I have already reviewed Allamagoosa.” Here, have another worthy Russell work: 1962’s The Great Explosion.


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One of the gentler voices of the Golden Age

The Best of Eric Frank Russell

By Eric Frank Russell 

9 Nov, 2014

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You

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This is intended, not just as a tribute to an author whose work I remember fondly, but also as a tribute to a line of single author collections that had a huge impact on me when I was a teenager. Under various series names, Ballantine’s Classic Library of Science Fiction collected the short works of various pulp-age notables, authors of whom I might otherwise have remained ignorant. I very quickly learned to snap up anything from Ballantine (and later, Del Rey) whose title was of the form The Best of [Unfamiliar Author Name Here]”. This Eric Frank Russell collection was one of those books, and one of the better purchases I made in 1978.

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