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    Keith Laumer
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    Dennis Dobson; First Edition ~1st Printing edition (1968)
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Galactic Odyssey book. Along the way I downloaded a free copy of Keith Laumer's Odyssey, which is an omnibus of Galactic Odyssey and several other books. I took a brief glance at the opening of Galactic Odyssey. and was quickly hooked. It was raining, starting to sleet. My last ride had dumped me twenty country miles from nowhere. If I didn't get warm soon I was going to die. That's why I took a chance on that weird corn silo.

John Keith Laumer (June 9, 1925 – January 23, 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. His older brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Laumer's The Other Side of Time). Frank Laumer, their youngest brother, is a historian and writer.

By Keith Laumer This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. Galactic Odyssey (aka Spaceman!) was first serialized in IF magazine (May тАУJuly, 1967) and first published in novel form by Berkley in 1967. тАЬA Trip to the CityтАЭ (aka тАЬIt Could Be AnythingтАЭ) was first published in Amazing, January 1963. тАЬHybridтАЭ was first published in The Magazine of F&SF in November 1961.

It was raining, starting to sleet. My last ride had dumped me twenty country miles from nowhere

It was raining, starting to sleet. It all starts when a poor, sad, underdog is walking and talking about his misery. or what he thinks is a silo.

1 week, 1 day ago. 27 12:06.

Billy Danger had gone past hitting the skids - now he was freezing to death in a blizzard. So he took shelter in a corn.

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My seventh grade math teacher, Mr. Swain, loaned this book to me in 1967 and it took me about 20 years to find another copy in the pre-Internet days. I now own two copies, just in case. Very well written and a great adventure story that spans many memorable places.
good story line...
No problems, arrived promptly, as described.
Everything was ok.
fire dancer
Keith Laumer's _Galactic Odyssey_ was originally a three-part serial in _If_ under the title "Spaceman!" It is a solid piece of space opera in which Laumer plays it straight. It avoids the Mickey Spillane style of writing that Laumer has sometimes adopted when he is at his worst. It is not a classic-- there is nothing terribly original about _Galactic Odyssey_-- but it is certainly passable entertainment.

As I write this review, I am looking outside at our latest Chattanooga snow and ice storm. The novel opens with our aptly named hero, Billy Danger, caught in an ice storm in the Midwest, broke and busted with no place to go. He takes shelter in a silo to survive the night. Only it isn't a silo. It is a disguised alien space ship. In a very short time, Danger wishes that he were back out in the sleet.

The ship turns out to be a hunting yacht, commanded by the boorish and homicidal Lord Desroy, the lovely Lady Raire, and the crafty sergeant-at-arms type Sir Orfeo. Billy finds himself groomed to be the new gun-bearer. But Lord Desroy's stupidity and recklessness lead to disaster on an alien world. Billy and Lady Raire must first fight for survival on that world. Later, Billy must go on a quest in search of Lady Raire. His quest takes him all over the galaxy.

It is a galaxy filled with worlds named Topaz and "Greu and Poylon and Trie and Pandache's World and the Three Moons" (92) that are less poetic than their names. It is a galaxy filled with "oak-tough tube men" (92), purple-palmed aliens, clam-shaped creatures, echinodermoid forms, bat police, and (worst of all!) double-dealing bureaucrats. But Billy has allies in the form of loyal pirates and a fierce cat. He does not give up his search.

In a throwaway scene near the end of _Starship Troopers_ (1959), Robert A. Heinlein reveals that his narrator hero is black. Much has been made of the fact that Billy Danger (who is also the narrator) is also black. But I don't think that Heinlein and Laumer were using their heroes to say the same thing. Heinlein's thesis was that if humanity faced a great enough common foe, racial differences and rivalries would fade away. ( I am not sure that I find this thesis convincing.) Laumer seems to be saying that on his home planet, Billy Danger's race was a liability. But in a dog-eat-dog, devil-take-the hindmost galaxy, Billy Danger's race didn't matter. His ability did. _There_ he was able to succeed.
Keith Laumer's long and varied career as a science fiction writer has seen all manner of interesting stories come and go. No matter what you think of his writing style, his ideas are as varied as one could possibly wish for.

Some of his books are better than others, like any writer, and I want to say that if you have enjoyed *anything* he has written, you owe it to yourself to find a copy of this book.

Now, I don't want to spoil the story - I don't consider the job of a book reviewer to tell you the plot, or even tease you with a little bit of the plot - so you will find no spoilers here. Instead, let me tell you that the book will leave you thrilled and awed, not to mention envious.

This isn't a new book, and it is so easy for SF to become dated. But that doesn't happen here, because although the story is certainly set in such a way as to be basically unrecognizable to us as "here" and/or "today" for the vast majority of the work, Laumer pulled off what few SF authors manage. That is create a book without any significant anachronisms or techno-blunders, areas where modern technology obsoletes an idea or even a plot line. The book actually reads just as well today as it did when it came out. Maybe better.

So if you're looking for a galactic odyssey, or a galactic adventure, this is the book to get and read. Prime grade-A good stuff from one of the most productive and interesting times for science fiction.

By the way, when young people express an interest in SF in book form, this is the first book I give them. Hooks 'em every time. *Every* time.
An old-fashioned pulp sf adventure that lives up to its title. Four stars if that's what you are looking for.
This book was great. I've never read a book by Kieth Laumer before, but after this I'm sure I'm going to read more. It all starts when a poor, sad, underdog is walking and talking about his misery. After this he wanders off to a mysterious farm and goes to sleep in a silo... or what he thinks is a silo. He actually just put himself into a spaceship. He wakes up to hear the rest of the crew talking about what to do with him. This book was very descriptive, and I would recommend it to any SciFi fan. I thought this book was incredibly well written. I was able to put myself in the main character, Billy Danger's, shoes. If you liked the X Files or Star Wars, you're going to love Galactic Odyssey.