Wasp

Wasp WASP he was sent to make war against another planet to terrorize and destroy it singlehanded We want you to become a WASP

  • Title: Wasp
  • Author: Eric Frank Russell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • WASP he was sent to make war against another planet, to terrorize and destroy it singlehanded We want you to become a WASP.

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    • Eric Frank Russell

      Eric Frank Russell was a British author best known for his science fiction novels and short stories Much of his work was first published in the United States, in John W Campbell s Astounding Science Fiction and other pulp magazines Russell also wrote horror fiction for Weird Tales, and non fiction articles on Fortean topics A few of his stories were published under pseudonyms, of which Duncan H Munro was used most often.

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    • Have you ever had a wasp fly into your car while you’re driving? Have you swerved trying to swat the creature, and nearly careened into a tree or lamppost, killing yourself and your passengers? This idea - that a tiny insect can kill a carload of people and cause thousands of dollars in damage - is the central analogy in Eric Frank Russell’s Wasp. In Russell’s story one lone man wages war like a wasp, using cunning and surprise to destroy vast amounts of material, paralyze a society and ev [...]


    • This surprisingly unknown Golden Age SF novel features a human agent who is recruited for a daring psy-ops mission against the Sirians, a thinly disguised version of WW II Japan. When he arrives for his briefing, the agent's controller starts by telling him a story. Four fully-grown humans are driving along in a car. A tiny wasp, weighing only a few grams, flies in through the window, and stings one of the people. It manages to create so much panic and confusion that they drive off the road and [...]


    • There seems to exist some very real confusion as to just what English sci-fi author Eric Frank Russell did during WW2. Some sources would have us believe that he worked for British Intelligence during the war years, while others claim that he was merely an RAF radio operator and mechanic. Whatever the real story may be, the writer put his war experiences to good use over a decade later, when he wrote what would be his sixth novel out of an eventual 10, "Wasp." Initially released as an Avalon Boo [...]


    • Summary: EF Russell's best-known book, Wasp is an excellently told story of one man working undercover in wartime to build enemy paranoia and confusion in preparation to a (less-bloody) invasion. Funny and clever idea- and story-SF with little character development and an "alien" culture clearly based on the Axis powers. Eric Frank Russell worked in British military intelligence during WWII, in a group that dreamt up strange tricks to counter Axis intelligence. As one of the most inventive minds [...]


    • 4.5 stars. A classic (and controversial) SF tale focusing on the use of "terrorism" as a way to bring about the downfall of an evil alien government. Well written and a lot of fun. Recommended!!


    • Read this if you want to know how terrorism 'works'. And mind you, Eric Frank Russell was one crafty author. His aliens are more like humans than not. Just to avoid any controversy, Russell created a far away planet (Planet Jaimec) on which our protagonist (or is he?) must practice his 'skills' of terrorism for the whole humanity.Now let me just leave you with one of the gems from the novel (don't worry, it won't spoil anything, the dialogue takes place in the first chapter itself):"Finally, let [...]


    • Great book. Loved this quote: "It looked as if he was doomed to become a hero from sheer lack of courage to be a coward."


    • Sometimes, when you read too much about Hubbard and Scientologists being creepy, you have to clink out and read some Golden Age SF.This one's actually a lot of fun: Terrans (why never "earth"?) are at war with the Sirians, who are technologically behind but make that up in bigger numbers (gee, I wonder on which political conflict of the 1950s this is based). A human is sent to one of the outer Sirian planets to stir things up. The protagonist is sent with unlimited money and advanced tech to imp [...]


    • I'm in the mood for science fiction, so I got this classic on my Kindle. Wasp meets the basic standard for enjoyable reading: a coherent story that kept me engaged. I bet this book affects today's readers very differently than the Cold War audience for which it was published. I wouldn't even classify this as science fiction. The story is about a guy chosen by his government (Earth) to be a lone terrorist against the enemy (an alien planet). As long as you accept that the aliens are truly aliens, [...]



    • "Yet he forced a government to start jumping around like fleas on a hot griddle. It shows that in given conditions, action and reaction can be ridiculously out of proportion. By doing insignificant things in suitable circumstances one can obtain results monstrously in excess of the effort.""We can never gain victory Ailey by postponing defeat.""You'll be crammed to the gills with everything likely to be useful to you: weapons, explosives, sabotage, propaganda, psychological warfare, map reading, [...]


    • In the future, Earth is at war with Sirian Empire, a fascist police state. A human secret agent, James Mowry, after being recruited and trained as a subversive is sent to planet Jaimec. His mission is to cause domestic chaos among the Sirians, foment unrest in order to faciliate a Terran attack. Singlehandedly, Mowry creates the illusion of a revolutionary organization, Dirac Angestan Gesept. The "live long" valediction is a wonderful foreshadowing for Star Trek's "live long and prosper."


    • "It would be a very long time before anyone, especially in America, was ready for a terrorist hero" points out Lisa Tuttle in her introduction to this 1957 novel, as an explanation as to why Neil Gaiman never got around to making a movie of it despite purchasing the rights. And one can see her point. This is a novel one feels very guilty about enjoying.The story is the basic wartime espionage plot. Lone secret agent is secretly dropped in the middle of enemy territory with instructions to cause [...]


    • Wasp is a rousing 1950s scifi adventure! with *strangely* out of place and interesting psychological ponderings. Specifically, it's a great study of how masses of people *actually* behave when there's a great big looming terrorist threat out there.A lone agent, whose body structure kind of matches that of Sirians, an alien race humanity is waging war against, is sent to infiltrate the Sirian totalitarian society and cause trouble. He is a wasp - a saboteur, who, like a tiny wasp that can harass [...]


    • This book is meant to be Russell's finest work. In many ways it is very typical in style of 1950's science fiction. It concerns an alien who infiltrates a planet to pass as a local and undermine them so they lose in a war to the aliens. That is a common enough premises, but the wrinkle is that here the alien is a human who goes undercover amongst the aliens.The biggest problem is the aliens themselves. There society is exactly the same in every way as Hitler's Germany and the aliens are virtuall [...]


    • This was one of the very first SF books I ever read. I loved it then and reread it many times as a teen. I wanted to introduce my grandsons to some of the Golden Age authors and as we were looking at my collection, we spotted this one. I wasn't sure if the book would hold up over time, especially as the subject of terrorism holds new feelings since this was written.We talked about the background and the boys loved the book as did I on what has to be a 15th read ;-) I was surprised at how fresh t [...]


    • -Visión entrañable pero poco actual.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. James Mowry es reclutado por el Servicio Secreto, debido a sus antecedentes, historial y personalidad, para llevar a cabo acciones de subversión y desestabilización entre la Mancomunidad Siriana con la que la Tierra está en guerra. Tras su adiestramiento técnico, una nave le deposita en el planeta Jaimec y comienza su labor empezando por pequeñas cosas.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite: [...]


    • Laba klasiska diversanta dienasgrāmata. Mazliet atgādina kaut ko starp Šakāļa diena un Adatas acs. Beigas pārsteidza. Pat bija jāsmejas, kā parasti situācijā, kad pēkšņi kāds tevi apčakarē vai pašam rodas bezizejas situācija.


    • This is the grand-daddy of humourous sci-fi.You get tranported onto an alien world, strangely reminiscent of 1950s soviet russia/east germany.You' ll witness James Mowry, our reluctant hero, work as a wasp = as a secret agent/propagandist, bringing the bureaucratic dictatorship down.The storyline moves quickly, and the humourous description of situations and characters will keep you smiling as you discover how Mowry keeps escaping the sinister secret police. A true gem of 1950 sci-fi.


    • 1957 sci-fi book that is short (about 170 pages) and very entertaining. Some sci-fi from the "Golden Age" can be a little dated here and there but this book is not dated at all. It feels current especially because of the subject matter of a terrorist, or "wasp," from earth sent to some distant planet in a far future to wage a one man war of terror on a militaristic people. This is a fun book full of suspense, moments of humor and action.


    • This gem is very clever. Described as a "terrorist's handbook " it makes use of the power of rumour and confusion. It deserves to be much better known.


    • Last year a read a short story by this author called "Waitabits". I kept looking for more by him and finally realized it was all published in the mid-fifties. So, I checked the library and got this one. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed it. It has a "Lost Boys" feel to the ending. By which I mean that once you get there, it feels like the whole book was a set up for the punch line. This isn't to say that the journey wasn't enjoyable. It very much was. A human agent dropped alone behind en [...]


    • My impression of "Wasp": Very little science fiction in a science fiction bookOK, I get the idea that the author wanted to emulate WWII in a science fiction setting. But, aliens and the alien planet behave are almost a perfect copy of human beings. and Earth. The alien society, motivations, infrastructure, etc are too human like. After a while reading about greed, typewriters, car-rentals, phone-operators, buses, etc. one wonders where is the alienness of the storyA few different names here and [...]


    • Not really my kind of thing unfortunately, I was expecting much more philosophical consideration of the notion of being a "wasp". But the main character is basically mindless and thoughtless, just follows his orders, and the story is just one long pure action sequence from start to end. No reflection on the morality of what he is doing, no attachments formed with the locals, he just coldly and ruthlessly exploits them in line with his orders to destabilise them. On this front, there is a few cyn [...]


    • I found Wasp to be a quick read, not overly taxing. This, however, should not imply that the story is thin or lacking. The text is gifted with the small details and subtle complexities that made for a book that I couldn’t put down.I would read a whole series of these, a trilogy, watch a Netflix original or HBO show of this. Wasp goes firmly in my paddock of books that I would use to gently introduce someone to the SCI-FI genre.My only criticism would be that it is was written a while ago, so t [...]


    • Terry Pratchett said of Wasp that he couldn't imagine a funnier terrorists' handbook. I think that notion is quite on-point with this book. To say nothing of its grittiness, its quick pace, and high level of intensity. It is also very smart (even complex "futuristic" items seem to have reasonable function and design) and well-written to the point that, in the best way, everything makes sense. Lead Terran James Mowry's actions are calculated but often still very human on the distant planet of Jai [...]




    • A gut clenching, nerve-wracking adventure with an undercover Terran agent. Written in 1957 this book provides an insider look into the workings of a saboteur in a land distant from his own.


    • Wonderful book about what a single terrorist can do – full of humour. Maybe if more people read it, they wouldn’t panic as much as they do.


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