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The Pirates of Ersatz

The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
By: (1896-1975)

Bron is the offspring of infamous space pirates but instead of following in the family footsteps he decides to become an electronic engineer. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get out, something pulls him back in. This is a tongue-in-cheek space adventure along the lines of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. It was originally published in the FEB-APR issues of Astounding Science Fiction in 1959.

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THE PIRATES OF ERSATZ

BY MURRAY LEINSTER

[Illustration]

Sometimes it seems nobody loves a benefactor ... particularly nobody on a well heeled, self satisfied planet. Grandpa always said Pirates were really benefactors, though....

Illustrated by Freas

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It was not mere impulsive action when Bron Hoddan started for the planet Walden by stowing away on a ship that had come to his native planet to hang all his relatives. He'd planned it long before. It was a long cherished and carefully worked out scheme. He didn't expect the hanging of his relatives, of course. He knew that they'd act grieved and innocent, and give proof that they were simple people leading blameless lives. They'd make their would be executioners feel ashamed and apologetic for having thought evil of them, and as soon as the strangers left they'd return to their normal way of life, which was piracy. But while this was going on, Bron Hoddan stowed away on the menacing vessel. Presently he arrived at its home world. But his ambition was to reach Walden, so he set about getting there... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - August 27, 2014
Subject: The Pirates of Ersatz
Very amusing tale told by an excellent reader Elliot has a great range of accents which he gave full vent to even a Romanian styled princess was convincing (ish) Don't be put off by the cover


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