Who I Recommend This To: Classic SF nutters.
Narrator: Mark F. Smith
Publisher: Librivox Recording
Length: 2 hours 12 minutes
In essence, this is a story about saving the world. A horrible, but hardly described, fungus (or mold?) is taking over the world, destroying life as we know it. Affectionately known as the Red Tide. Modern science has barely caught up to meet necessity and the human race may not survive this unthinking evil. But fear not! For we humans shot a group of pioneers into space decades back, and they made hold the key to defeating the Red Tide, and if not that goal, then at least prolonging the existence of humans in the galaxy. Commander Greylorn has been tasked with finding this colony and reestablishing contact, and hopefully saving the humans of Earth.
Too bad there is mutiny on the ship while in transit. Tsk tsk….. Greylorn barely manages to control it long enough for their ship to bump into a sentient alien race. Food and energy are exchanged. Unfortunately a wee surprise joke by the aliens enrages the crew even more, and once again Greylorn faces mutiny. And that is all the plot you are going to get out of me.
I don’t recall there being a single female in this tale, so major negative points for leaving out not only have of the human species, but also half of the alien species too (I’m making a biological assumption there). Other than that, I had fun listening to Greylorn try to thwart the various insubodinates, their half-assed attempts in the beginning, and final culmination. Also, I was not expecting there to be an alien race, and their joke had me laughing. If you read this, or eventually do read it, you will probably question my sense of humor. Overall, not a bad way to spend 2 hours. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more Keith Laumer tales.
Mark F. Smith was our narrator, and for a volunteer at Librivox (free audiobooks, like Project Gutenberg supplies free ebooks), he did pretty darn well, tho everyone had a very slight Tennessee or Kentucky accent.
What I Disliked: Zero females, just like The Hobbit. Sigh……
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