Smallworld: A Science Fiction Adventure Comedy [NOOK Book]

Overview

"A showcase for Green's bone-dry satire. A delight." - The Telegraph


"A talented writer having lots of very smart fun"


Mount Ararat, a world the size of an asteroid yet with Earth-standard gravity, plays host to an oddball community whose children are protected by the Devil, a mechanical killing machine.


But who placed the robot there, and who - or what - is really in need of protection?

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Smallworld: A Science Fiction Adventure Comedy

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Overview

"A showcase for Green's bone-dry satire. A delight." - The Telegraph


"A talented writer having lots of very smart fun"


Mount Ararat, a world the size of an asteroid yet with Earth-standard gravity, plays host to an oddball community whose children are protected by the Devil, a mechanical killing machine.


But who placed the robot there, and who - or what - is really in need of protection?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011153204
  • Publisher: Fingerpress
  • Publication date: 12/19/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 121,864
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dominic Green has written several short stories for Interzone magazine, often in a satirical vein, and his story The Adventure of the Lost World appears on the BBC Cult TV website.


His story Send Me a Mentagram was picked for the prestigious Year's Best Science Fiction anthology in 2003, and The Clockwork Atom Bomb was nominated for a 2005 Hugo Award.


Interzone published a special issue devoted to Dominic and his stories in July 2009.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Starts slow.. hits stride.. and then...

    ... then you get confused. Basically, the book seems to be designed as a 'serial' of stories, combined into one sequence. It takes a couple of chapters to get into the flow of the book, at which point, it really does hit the stride. However, by the end of the book, you will get confused by the large number of characters that seem to just show up from earlier chapters without being previously mentioned, including a couple of characters that go through characteristic changes for absolutely no reason. Lots of potential, but you have to get ready for a roller-coaster (ups and downs) of a read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Highly Original Sci-Fi

    The holy grail for sci-fi readers is reading a story that doesn't recycle memes set down by those that helped originally define the genre in the first place. Though the story does have it's flaws, I was delighted to read something that seemed to be covering fairly new ground. I haven't enjoyed a sci-fi story as much since discovering some of the first cyberpunk books in the early 80s. I found those a bit difficult to follow at first and enjoyed watching them grow into their own popular sub-genre. Give it a try, especially for free on your Nook.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Pretty good concept

    Interesting treatment of an unlikely environment. The chapter themes were inspired. However, by the end, I was getting confused by the large cast of characters and their story lines.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Very good read!

    I took a chance on this book, thinking I probably wouldn't like it. And I am very glad I did! It is great! Humorous, witty, intellectually stimulating. I highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Sarcastic, humorous, scifitastic and...

    Thought provoking, in a good way. Excellent characters and conflict. Great science and the story telling keeps pulling you along. I really enjoyed these continuous stories alot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Enjoyable and often thought provoking

    The first half was very entertaining. Worth reading if only for gems like the Amazonian cattle ranches being pushed out by genetically modified rain forests. I, though relatively literate, found myself looking up many references in this book. It was well worth taking the time to do so. -Subtle... some even very subtle, but very entertaining.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2011

    Haven't seen anything like this in ages

    It's not easy writing science fiction in an era when you literally CAN stand up and wave a stick around and make incredible things happen. But this book brings back the days when authors would craft a series of related stories on an original theme and produce a book like Pratchett's "Colour of Magic".

    Here we have 2 themes that haven't been worked threadbare previously - an extended family not-so-hick farmers and their relation with a Devil who's definitely real, if not in the traditional way. And a bureaucratic Universe that keeps intruding.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Read it

    This book really got me hooked. Very good sci fi. Its a hard balance to strike between the science of the sci fi and character development. This author knows how. When you get to the end of a book and you feel as if you missing a real person you know he did a god job. Well done

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    A must read

    Fun, inventive, and you really want to read it till the end. Without spoiling the book, it a cross between Pratchett and Gaiman.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Little confusing

    I must confess I skipped over parts of the book because it was boring and confusing, but it was a pretty good read overall.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    Smallworld was an interesting read and definitely different from

    Smallworld was an interesting read and definitely different from any other standard science fiction book I have read of late. I would not call it a laugh a minute comedy. It is funnier at the end. A good read for anyone who wants something different.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    Not funny.  Not exciting.  Boring.  Abrupt style.  Unsatisfying.

    Not funny.  Not exciting.  Boring.  Abrupt style.  Unsatisfying.   Some interesting sci-fi concepts, but not fun to read.  Really not fun to read.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Dizzy romp

    A bit confusing in part due to the number of ever changing character traits. But all in all a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Quirky cool sci-fi.

    Not really much comedy, but it's an excellent read nonetheless. Has some semi-silly Hitchhiker's elements that I enjoyed.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    This was an entertaining read, albeit not the comedy I'd expecte

    This was an entertaining read, albeit not the comedy I'd expected from reading the blurb. Nor does it really work as a novel, as it reads more like a collection of (long) short stories strung together and linked by virtue of a shared cast and setting. The writing is good and there are moments of very clever (and often bizarre) humour - I particularly liked the escape from the penitentiary through psychoanalysis and Helen of Troy's personality inside a killing-machine robot (both of which appeared in the final story) - yet many of the supporting cast were too one-dimensional to care about and I frequently forgot who was who. However, the science-fiction setting was fun and obviously well thought-out; I just wish the author had done the same with more of the myriad of characters involved along the way. In summary, I did enjoy it and would have been happy to spend money on this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    surprisingly good

    Improves as it goes on; enjoyable throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Good premise

    An interesting idea but roughly executed. Far too many characters and excessive impossibilities for even a science fiction novel. Scenes are choppy and events are often unclear. At the same time the many twists are funny and many aspects will dellight scifi lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Wow

    I read this book. Well it might be a book. It's not like any other book I have ever read and I did finish it. I read every page. I'm not sure what happened but I think some of the people (machines?) lived. Out of the Box. That would be a nice way to describe it. Out of the box. I give it four stars because the author was nice enough not to charge me for reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Classic style sf, well written

    Vintage sci-fi, well written. Extra star for being free but still more entertaining than some recent sf I've purchased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

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