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This funny and insightful science fiction classic introduces Shoogar the greatest wizard ever known in his village His spells can strike terror in the hearts of even his most powerful enemies But the enemy he faces. This is good if a bit campy The running jokes puns are cute but they really do wear a bit thin by the endPurple As A Mauve is a visitor to a far away planet from Earth where he discovers a furry race of proto human types They must be a VERY close match as eventually there is an instance of interbreeding which is toughThrough a series of comedy of customs misunderstanding Purple Lant Shoogar and the bicycle making brother Orville and Wilbur um make that Orbur and Wilville nudge nudge have to make a flying machine from primitive industry to get Purple back to the northern hemisphere to call down his mothership and go home The Kitty Hawk um make that Kathawk is the ship they make for the journey but only after the visitor turns the local society on its ear and invents crime and money for them while he is at itI dont know that the story being told from the point of view of Lant was the a great way to go other than that is made it easy to say things in the way of Purple did this specific thing so he must have intended THIS thing because in our culture that s the way it worksStill it is a short read at 316 pages and it is certainly worth the time

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The Flying Sorcerers

In Shoogar's world for an intruder whose powers match his own let alone one whose powers might exceed his So before the blue sun can cross the face of the red sun once Shoogar will show this stranger just who is bo. In all honesty the collaboration between Gerrold and Niven first drew me to this book Yes David Gerrold is best known for writing one of the best original series Star Trek episodes The Trouble With Tribbles And that s where I got my start with him too What many people may not realize is that he s written other things novels even When I encountered his Chess With A Dragon I marveled at how esoterically he could write Throwing in Larry Niven one of the greats in science fiction just improved my impression that this would be a great bookAnd it is It s corny and it s campy and it s not intended to be taken seriously at all That s one of the things I most enjoyed about it Science fiction doesn t necessarily have to be gritty and dark It s a wonderful media that should allow exploration of the great what ifs through whatever means the author chooses To this day Joss Wheadon s Firefly remains one of my most favorite TV series because he managed for the most part at least to balance the tense moments with humor It s a thin line to ride and very few writers are able to do it wellI liked the duo being able to poke fun at things such as the main character Lant s sons being named Wilville and Orbur first making bicycles and then moving on to flying machines The reference continued when they called their flying ship the Cathawk If you don t get this one you need to study the history of the Wright brothers a little I laughed to realize the names of some of their gods must be referencing other science fiction writers but the only one I understood was Caff god of dragons cough Anne McCaffrey cough The biggest joke as I know others have mentioned is the actual name of the traveler trying to get home I didn t get it at first as the translator keeps saying as a shade of purple gray which is why they call him Purple throughout the entire book It should have been as a shade of light purple because mauve isn t really purple gray Minor uibble I know There are other things like this clever puns and plays on the things we know but I don t want to list them all here since you really have to read the book to understandSo aside from the humor the story is told in an interesting way We see everything through Lant s eyes As Lant is from a primitive society descended of humans that landed on the planet so long ago they don t realize there s anything else When Purple comes along he unintentionally disrupts their society All he wants to do is go home but he needs their help to do that Thus we have the drive of the storyI thought Gerrold and Niven did a masterful job of explaining advanced concepts through the viewpoint of Lant and his society Females are property and don t even have names but soon gain a sort of independence as technology develops through the need to get Purple home In many ways it feels like a story of a European explorer on Earth discovering a native tribe in the Americas but from the natives point of view This isn t something we normally see especially in science fiction so I give them full marks for turning the Stranger in a Strange Land trope on its ear And with some of the natives embracing the new technology the uestion is left as to whether or not Purple s interference was a good thing or a bad thing The struggle of conservancy vs liberalism rages onThough not a perfect book I enjoyed the humor the novelty of the storytelling and the uestions we re left with at the end of the day Is the Prime Directive an absolute law or do we dare interfere if it means a chance to get home Gerrold and Niven leave that up to the readerAs a female I personally applaud every story about women gaining rights so in my personal opinion yes Purple s interference was a good thing

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Now is like none he has ever seen before The stranger has come from nowhere and is ignorant of even the most basic principles of magic But the stranger has an incredibly powerful magic of his own There is no room. This book was on my shelf unread for many yearsat least twentyonly to be lost with nearly 6000 others to a fire Prompted by a reference to another Gerrold book for which I went searching i came across it and decided it was about time I should read it and it goes on my Books I Should Have Read Already shelfThe best part of the book are the subtle and not so subtle puns and a couple of period references The body of the book is just okay and really it seemed a chore to get through I almost never summarize fiction plots in reviews because I don t like to spoil them for othersI will say that one segment referred to a federal worker event during the Reagan regime


10 thoughts on “The Flying Sorcerers

  1. says:

    This book is simply delightful light SF The scene is a faraway planet where a furry and peaceful people live in

  2. says:

    The Flying Sorcerers is a 1971 novel by David Gerrold and Larry Niven who had just published Ringworld his opus magnum one year earlier I have read the 1982 German edition Die Fliegenden Zauberer at some time in the last millennium but this time tackled the English versionOn the surface this book is a robinsonade Purple a scientist from an

  3. says:

    This is good if a bit campy The running jokes puns are cute but they really do wear a bit thin by the endPurple As A Mauve is a visitor to a far away planet from Earth where he discovers a furry race of proto human types They must be a VERY close match as eventually there is an instance of interbreeding which is toughThrough a series of comed

  4. says:

    David Gerrold is hilarious The storyline is suspiciously similar to another very popular Larry Niven advanced human is stranded amidst primitive aliens works with prehistoric technology to rescue himself while learning valuable lessons and altering the natives' lives forever But in The Flying Sorcerers the story is told from the PO

  5. says:

    1977 grade A1994 grade A2018 grade AWritten with Larry NivenThis is a story about what happens when an arrogant alien scientist lands in a low tech society has a conflict with the local sorcerer is stranded and then has to use the local skills to escape It is told from the point of view of one of the local leaders who has to keep the peace Despite the title and the primitive culture it is not really fantasy but is hard s

  6. says:

    This book was on my shelf unread for many yearsat least twentyonly to be lost with nearly 6000 others to a fire Prompted by a reference to another Gerrold book for which I went searching i came across it and decide

  7. says:

    In all honesty the collaboration between Gerrold and Niven first drew me to this book Yes David Gerrold is best known for writing on

  8. says:

    This parody hadn't aged very well The jokes come so fast that they're trying a bit too hard and the sexism is horrendous It is funny in place

  9. says:

    Borrowed from a friend on our return flight from Seoul Korea to San Francisco to Portland I enjoyed this book very much It was a light hearted sci fi adventure with bits of comic relief interspersed It's a wonderful good paced story about a technologically advanced spaceman one magician who becomes marooned after coming into contact with a pr

  10. says:

    Simply wonderful and one of the best books i've ever read It's well written perfect classic golden age science fiction Shows growth of all characters throughout the novel This book is a sci fi love letter and has tons of references to acclaimed science fiction authors and influences on the genre as well It's v

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