Monday, 28 September 2009

Toby Frost: Space Captain Smith

Captain Isembard Smith of the British Space Empire has a ship (which is admittedly more rust than metal), a crew (consisting of a mildly psychopathic alien, an android sex toy who's reprogrammed herself as a pilot, and a hamster named Gerald) and a mission to retrieve one of those new age, whale saving types and bring her safely to Earth. All while maintaining a suitably stiff upper lip, doing battle with the Ghast insect empire, and avoiding fundamentalists from New Eden, who all seem to want his passenger for themselves.

It's hilarious. Somehow, Frost has taken every sci-fi reference imaginable (and there's a lot of fun to be had playing "spot the reference") crammed it together with the sort of over the top historical fiction you get in Sharpe, or better yet Hornblower, and thrown in enough jokes to get us all the way through a wonderful story. Imagine if Douglas Adams could do endings properly, and you'll have the right sort of idea. Definitely read this.

4 comments:

jonathan pinnock said...

*DISCLAIMER* Toby's a good mate of mine and one of the many stars of the real life writing group that I'm a member of.

Anyway, I have to agree with you that SCS is an excellent read. What's more, the other two books in the (so far) trilogy (God Emperor of Didcot and Wrath of the Lemming Men) are even better.

stu said...

It's a small world. Well, compared to Jupiter at least.

Jodie said...

On the Douglas Adams front - The Eoinn Coffler (yes? no? I'm not sure that's how you spell it) 'sixthquel' to Hitchhikers is out there in ARC format now (although you only get the first half of the book). Have you heard much about it? What do you think, will you be reading it when it comes out?

I can't decide and I need help spending my future money.

Stewart Sternberg said...

This sounds like the sort of romp I could get into. Thanks for the recommendation. I think I'll head to amazon and check it out.