Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers

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First edition (publ. Putnam)

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers (1973) is a comic science fiction novel by Harry Harrison. It is a parody of the space opera genre and in particular, the Lensman and Skylark series of E. E. "Doc" Smith.[1] It also includes an homage to Larry Niven's Ringworld.[2]

It is about two college students, Chuck van Chider and his friend Jerry Courtenay, who accidentally invent a device that can transport them through space, powered by a substance called "Cheddite", which is created by irradiating Cheddar cheese.

Through a bizarre chain of events, Chuck and Jerry, their mutual love interest Sally Goodfellow and their janitor-turned-KGB spy Old John find themselves flung into the far reaches of the galaxy, where they become involved in an intergalactic war that could change the universe forever.

Reception[edit]

Theodore Sturgeon, describing the novel as "a Tom Swiftian, gee-whiz parody of the very worst that our severest and most ignorant critics lay on us," concluded that "I love this kind of thing at short-short length."[3]

Wayne Barlowe included the Garnishee of Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers as one of the alien species he covered in Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Resnick (1 August 2003). Resnick at Large. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-1-59224-160-6. 
  2. ^ Larry Niven, N-Space, pp. 123-24.
  3. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1974, p.92
  • Harrison, H. (1973). Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers. G.P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 0-441-78361-9