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10 thoughts on “The Stainless Steel Rat

  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    This was an interesting book to read Pulp sci fi written in 1961 and reprinted dozens of times First in a successful and long running series My copy comes from the late 80s when it was selling very well.The main points of interest for me were how poor a prediction of future technology it was, and how badly sci fi was written 55 years ago.The Stainless Steel universe has the standard many times faster than light travel, instant communication via psychic telephone men this time , and highly This was an interesting book to read Pulp sci fi written in 1961 and reprinted dozens of times First in a successful and long running series My copy comes from the late 80s when it was selling very well.The main points of interest for me were how poor a prediction of future technology it was, and how badly sci fi was written 55 years ago.The Stainless Steel universe has the standard many times faster than light travel, instant communication via psychic telephone men this time , and highly intelligent robots.A strange distinction is made between robots and computers The robots have robot brains and can do complex jobs like being policemen some run on coal Computers on the other hand do bugger all You feed them navigation instructions on tape They take anything from 1o seconds to several minutes to search modest databases And that s pretty much it.Files are held in filing cabinets on paper Our hero spends a fair time rustling his way through dusty heaps of files.Currency is paper and coin Our hero a thief who turns policeman steals money in bags and carries it to other planets hidden in his luggage.So in short, the laws of physics are overturned at will with not even a two word description of the engines or principles involved, and the computer revolution goes unanticipated.The story is a rather silly one about chasing a murderous female criminal who Slippery Jim falls in love with in a deeply unconvincing 1950s movie kind of way The plot is pretty thin and involves a bunch of face changing and unlikely guesswork The world universe building are very basic and rather uninspired.I found the book s only saving grace to be that the first person narrator, Jim, has a strong, lively voice with a measure of humour to it Given that the sci fi failings were pretty common to most all of the sci fi around at the time I guess the strong voice accounts for the books popularity.Essentially this work was of its time and has dated badly.Fortunately it s a very short book, perhaps only 50,000 words or so Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    To understand the unique brilliance and enduring popularity of the Stainless Steel Rat, it s important to understand the world in which these stories take place It is the far future and genetic manipulation and controls have bred the malcontent or criminal gene out of humanityall but a few anyway Society is sterile, homogenous and lifeless Shattering the status quo is James Bolivar DiGriz aka The Stainless Steel Rat and his roguish, adventure filled criminal schemes He is an exc To understand the unique brilliance and enduring popularity of the Stainless Steel Rat, it s important to understand the world in which these stories take place It is the far future and genetic manipulation and controls have bred the malcontent or criminal gene out of humanityall but a few anyway Society is sterile, homogenous and lifeless Shattering the status quo is James Bolivar DiGriz aka The Stainless Steel Rat and his roguish, adventure filled criminal schemes He is an exciting anomaly in a BOREfically milquetoasty galaxy filled with MEH As DiGriz himself explains early on in the novelMy life is so different from that of the overwhelming majority of people in our societyThey exist in a fat, rich union of worlds that have almost forgotten the meaning of the word crime There are few malcontents The few that are bornare caught early and the aberration quickly adjusted.Some don t show their weakness until they are adults, they try their hand at a petty crime burglary, shoplifting or such They get away with it for a week or twobut sure as atomic decaythe police reach out and pull them in That is almost the full extent of crime in our organized, dandified society Ninety nine percent of it, let s say That last one percent is me and a handful of men scattered around the galaxy Theoretically, we can t existbut we do We are the rats in the wainscoting of society we operate outside of their barriers and outside of their rules Society hadrats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings haverats than concrete buildings But there are rats in the building now as well Now that society is all ferroconcrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps between the joints and it takes a smart rat to find them A stainless steel rat is right at home in this environmentThe worldview described above gives the actions of the Stainless Steel Rat a context that I find very compelling He is an adventuress spirit who in an earlier time would have been a treasure seeker or a soldier of fortune In this deeply constrained society, however, DiGriz s options for personal expression are so limited that he gave society the finger and decided that master criminal with a heart of gold sounded like fun And fun he has This story is like a needle full of liquid happy and will take the hard edge off just about any bad day The writing is light hearted but smart and DiGriz s sardonic, witty narration is just awesome The plot is clever and well thought out As for DiGriz, he will endear himself to you faster than a sad eyed puppy He is truly one of the great characters of science fiction and this first adventure of the Stainless Steel Rat is carting bags of smiles and are a sure fire cure for the blues 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  3. carol. carol. says:

    First, notice the cover Do you know why my review copy looks so different from the one you may have read Published 1970, baby, this edition comes courtesy of the local library system Let s give it up for the librarians, shall we, the ones who track down my ridiculous requests for books published before I was figuratively, of course, my dears I like to think of myself as the real life equivalent of the heroine in Bellwether, who was on a mission to check out unused books so that they wouldn First, notice the cover Do you know why my review copy looks so different from the one you may have read Published 1970, baby, this edition comes courtesy of the local library system Let s give it up for the librarians, shall we, the ones who track down my ridiculous requests for books published before I was figuratively, of course, my dears I like to think of myself as the real life equivalent of the heroine in Bellwether, who was on a mission to check out unused books so that they wouldn t be weeded and replaced.But I digress Of course I do You know why Because I just read a book first published in 1961, I m drinking and listening to Three Dog Night, and I m all hazy on what decade I m supposed to be in Because I m likely to digress even further so off topic , you can find the entire review at to my friends that reviewed this, particularly Eric, whose recent review helped draw my attention to it


  4. Becky Becky says:

    Right up front, I m going to tell you that this is a book that is about to suffer for being judged out of time By me Now, I m not usually the type to notice offenses to the feminist cause in everything, but I couldn t help but find this book, and its depiction of literally the ONLY female character in it besides prostitutes, that is, but they don t count ridiculous in the worst way As soon as the secretary was mentioned, and it was of course assumed that she must be working for a male Right up front, I m going to tell you that this is a book that is about to suffer for being judged out of time By me Now, I m not usually the type to notice offenses to the feminist cause in everything, but I couldn t help but find this book, and its depiction of literally the ONLY female character in it besides prostitutes, that is, but they don t count ridiculous in the worst way As soon as the secretary was mentioned, and it was of course assumed that she must be working for a male who was pulling all the strings, I knew that this book and I were going to have issues Perhaps I could have moved past those issues Perhaps It was written decades ago, and women and men had their roles and all But then toward the end, I knew there was no redemption for this book for me Because, as forward thinking as Harrison no doubt thought himself or so it seems to me, knowing nothing about him at all other than having read this one book for casting a woman as the antagonist, and making her smart, and independent, he ruined all of that when he THEN made her psychotic about her looks and actually had the main male character say something to the effect of I had wondered how someone so beautiful became so smart and she was cursed by ugliness Because ugly women can be smart, but beautiful women who are smart are SUCH a rarity that they defy reality And of course, no matter how insane or murderous they are, it s impossible not to fall in love with a woman like that.I can t even right now If he had handled Angelina better, this might be a 4 star book for me There was a decent amount of humor, the futuristic society was interesting, the heist details were on point all things considered , and the main MALE character was interesting at least until Angelina came into the picture and ruined everything I don t hold her responsible for that, though She was just written that way A shame really


  5. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3 of fiveDistastefully sexist, but 58 years old The book, not the reviewer Although I m regularly informed of my innate inferiority of character due to sexism It was a modest amount of fun reading it because I like capers Slippery Jim diGriz plans a fun caper indeed, thrice in fact, and I had no problem seeing how to modernize the capers Still and all, I can t really think of a reason to read the book if you haven t already because there s really nothing substantive to be gain Rating 3 of fiveDistastefully sexist, but 58 years old The book, not the reviewer Although I m regularly informed of my innate inferiority of character due to sexism It was a modest amount of fun reading it because I like capers Slippery Jim diGriz plans a fun caper indeed, thrice in fact, and I had no problem seeing how to modernize the capers Still and all, I can t really think of a reason to read the book if you haven t already because there s really nothing substantive to be gained and a lot of attitude changes have rendered the central points of the plot outdated to the point of actually becoming offensive in a MeToo world.So you ve been warned enticed, depending on your social orientation


  6. Jamie Jamie says:

    3.5 stars Great setup for what would become sci fi grandmaster Harry Harrison s most enduring series and character, Jim diGriz, AKA the Stainless Steel Rat Funny, clever and daring, he makes the perfect inter galactic rogue extraordinaire in a galaxy that s been mostly purged of crime thanks to scientific advancements that enable the early detection and elimination of deviant personality traits He stays one step ahead of the authorities, constantly moving on to his next scam on a new planet w 3.5 stars Great setup for what would become sci fi grandmaster Harry Harrison s most enduring series and character, Jim diGriz, AKA the Stainless Steel Rat Funny, clever and daring, he makes the perfect inter galactic rogue extraordinaire in a galaxy that s been mostly purged of crime thanks to scientific advancements that enable the early detection and elimination of deviant personality traits He stays one step ahead of the authorities, constantly moving on to his next scam on a new planet with a completely unsuspecting populace and local law enforcement.The first half of this Stainless Steel Rat debut is great fun and packed with action and memorable quips Yet it loses steam in the second half, becomingintrospective and even sappy as the Rat develops a love interest and they try to outwit each other She proves at least as cunning and lotunscrupulous Still, overall a great setup for a classic sci fi series


  7. Juho Pohjalainen Juho Pohjalainen says:

    Good action, clever spy thriller and a bunch of crime geniuses that actually come across as smart, and a sympathetic main character, allthan make up for the relatively petty shortcomings of slightly uneven plotting and shallow universe I believe I will keep up with the series.


  8. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    A fun, entertaining and, above all else, quick read Just what the doctor ordered after finishing the mammoth tome that is A Game of Thrones This Sci Fi lite meets hardboiled cop dramedy makes for a nice, mindless distraction It probably only deserves 3 stars this ain t Shakespeare, folks , but I m willing to bump it up a full starfor the pure enjoyment of it all Some will consider the writing so so or even subpar, while others will complain of stereotypical characters I actually enj A fun, entertaining and, above all else, quick read Just what the doctor ordered after finishing the mammoth tome that is A Game of Thrones This Sci Fi lite meets hardboiled cop dramedy makes for a nice, mindless distraction It probably only deserves 3 stars this ain t Shakespeare, folks , but I m willing to bump it up a full starfor the pure enjoyment of it all Some will consider the writing so so or even subpar, while others will complain of stereotypical characters I actually enjoyed the overly cocky main character , but those people need to pull the stick out and relax on this one


  9. Eric Eric says:

    What we have here is a time capsule from 1961, when Harrison, the author of Make Room Make Room , wrote a pulpy sci fi adventure as an homage to prototypical science fiction adventures of an even earlier era While this didn t age as well as one would hope, and may get knocked down by fans ofcontemporary science fiction on that account, I enjoy occasionally looking back in time and reading influential genre works, as they give a glimpse into how the genre was built and evolved into what i What we have here is a time capsule from 1961, when Harrison, the author of Make Room Make Room , wrote a pulpy sci fi adventure as an homage to prototypical science fiction adventures of an even earlier era While this didn t age as well as one would hope, and may get knocked down by fans ofcontemporary science fiction on that account, I enjoy occasionally looking back in time and reading influential genre works, as they give a glimpse into how the genre was built and evolved into what it now is This work is a particularly good example, as I am not sure sci fi gets Han Solo without first having Slippery Jim diGriz, a.k.a the Stainless Steel Rat.And Jim is the kind of brash, rapscallion anti hero with a heart of gold that sci fi is littered with And we love him for it.One early plot development that did not sit so well with me, however, was how easily Jim was turned by the Special Corps On his first job for them, for example, he is given a luxury spacecraft that he uses to catch another criminal, and at no point does he consider stealing it himself and disregarding the mission.Also of note was that while at first, the treatment of females in this novel left a bit to be desired, that gets turned upside down when the mastermind antagonist turns out to be a femme fatale that is so manipulative, she ensnares Jim, a master con artist in his own right, with little effort


  10. Jim Jim says:

    This was a nice blast from the past, a fast moving space opera with a wonderful main character, Slippery Jim DiGriz He s a thief, con man, liar, but a pretty good nice guy for all that Just a bit of a square peg in the round holes of the future This was the first book published might be the best book, although the next one


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The Stainless Steel Rat ➳ [Reading] ➶ The Stainless Steel Rat By Harry Harrison ➩ – Polishdarling.co.uk In the vastness of space, the crimes just get bigger and Slippery Jim diGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, is the biggest criminal of them all He can con humans, aliens and any number of robots time after In the vastness of space, the crimes just get bigger and Slippery Jim diGriz, The Stainless Steel Rat, is the biggest criminal of them all He can con humans, aliens and any number of robots time after time Jim is so slippery that all the inter galactic cops can do is make him one of their own.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Stainless Steel Rat
  • Harry Harrison
  • English
  • 02 July 2019
  • 1857984986

About the Author: Harry Harrison

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name Harry Harrison born Henry Maxwell Dempsey was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room Make Room , the basis for the film Soylent Green He was also with Brian W Aldiss co president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Excerpted from Wikipedia.



10 thoughts on “The Stainless Steel Rat

  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    This was an interesting book to read Pulp sci fi written in 1961 and reprinted dozens of times First in a successful and long running series My copy comes from the late 80s when it was selling very well.The main points of interest for me were how poor a prediction of future technology it was, and how badly sci fi was written 55 years ago.The Stainless Steel universe has the standard many times faster than light travel, instant communication via psychic telephone men this time , and highly This was an interesting book to read Pulp sci fi written in 1961 and reprinted dozens of times First in a successful and long running series My copy comes from the late 80s when it was selling very well.The main points of interest for me were how poor a prediction of future technology it was, and how badly sci fi was written 55 years ago.The Stainless Steel universe has the standard many times faster than light travel, instant communication via psychic telephone men this time , and highly intelligent robots.A strange distinction is made between robots and computers The robots have robot brains and can do complex jobs like being policemen some run on coal Computers on the other hand do bugger all You feed them navigation instructions on tape They take anything from 1o seconds to several minutes to search modest databases And that s pretty much it.Files are held in filing cabinets on paper Our hero spends a fair time rustling his way through dusty heaps of files.Currency is paper and coin Our hero a thief who turns policeman steals money in bags and carries it to other planets hidden in his luggage.So in short, the laws of physics are overturned at will with not even a two word description of the engines or principles involved, and the computer revolution goes unanticipated.The story is a rather silly one about chasing a murderous female criminal who Slippery Jim falls in love with in a deeply unconvincing 1950s movie kind of way The plot is pretty thin and involves a bunch of face changing and unlikely guesswork The world universe building are very basic and rather uninspired.I found the book s only saving grace to be that the first person narrator, Jim, has a strong, lively voice with a measure of humour to it Given that the sci fi failings were pretty common to most all of the sci fi around at the time I guess the strong voice accounts for the books popularity.Essentially this work was of its time and has dated badly.Fortunately it s a very short book, perhaps only 50,000 words or so Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    To understand the unique brilliance and enduring popularity of the Stainless Steel Rat, it s important to understand the world in which these stories take place It is the far future and genetic manipulation and controls have bred the malcontent or criminal gene out of humanityall but a few anyway Society is sterile, homogenous and lifeless Shattering the status quo is James Bolivar DiGriz aka The Stainless Steel Rat and his roguish, adventure filled criminal schemes He is an exc To understand the unique brilliance and enduring popularity of the Stainless Steel Rat, it s important to understand the world in which these stories take place It is the far future and genetic manipulation and controls have bred the malcontent or criminal gene out of humanityall but a few anyway Society is sterile, homogenous and lifeless Shattering the status quo is James Bolivar DiGriz aka The Stainless Steel Rat and his roguish, adventure filled criminal schemes He is an exciting anomaly in a BOREfically milquetoasty galaxy filled with MEH As DiGriz himself explains early on in the novelMy life is so different from that of the overwhelming majority of people in our societyThey exist in a fat, rich union of worlds that have almost forgotten the meaning of the word crime There are few malcontents The few that are bornare caught early and the aberration quickly adjusted.Some don t show their weakness until they are adults, they try their hand at a petty crime burglary, shoplifting or such They get away with it for a week or twobut sure as atomic decaythe police reach out and pull them in That is almost the full extent of crime in our organized, dandified society Ninety nine percent of it, let s say That last one percent is me and a handful of men scattered around the galaxy Theoretically, we can t existbut we do We are the rats in the wainscoting of society we operate outside of their barriers and outside of their rules Society hadrats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings haverats than concrete buildings But there are rats in the building now as well Now that society is all ferroconcrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps between the joints and it takes a smart rat to find them A stainless steel rat is right at home in this environmentThe worldview described above gives the actions of the Stainless Steel Rat a context that I find very compelling He is an adventuress spirit who in an earlier time would have been a treasure seeker or a soldier of fortune In this deeply constrained society, however, DiGriz s options for personal expression are so limited that he gave society the finger and decided that master criminal with a heart of gold sounded like fun And fun he has This story is like a needle full of liquid happy and will take the hard edge off just about any bad day The writing is light hearted but smart and DiGriz s sardonic, witty narration is just awesome The plot is clever and well thought out As for DiGriz, he will endear himself to you faster than a sad eyed puppy He is truly one of the great characters of science fiction and this first adventure of the Stainless Steel Rat is carting bags of smiles and are a sure fire cure for the blues 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  3. carol. carol. says:

    First, notice the cover Do you know why my review copy looks so different from the one you may have read Published 1970, baby, this edition comes courtesy of the local library system Let s give it up for the librarians, shall we, the ones who track down my ridiculous requests for books published before I was figuratively, of course, my dears I like to think of myself as the real life equivalent of the heroine in Bellwether, who was on a mission to check out unused books so that they wouldn First, notice the cover Do you know why my review copy looks so different from the one you may have read Published 1970, baby, this edition comes courtesy of the local library system Let s give it up for the librarians, shall we, the ones who track down my ridiculous requests for books published before I was figuratively, of course, my dears I like to think of myself as the real life equivalent of the heroine in Bellwether, who was on a mission to check out unused books so that they wouldn t be weeded and replaced.But I digress Of course I do You know why Because I just read a book first published in 1961, I m drinking and listening to Three Dog Night, and I m all hazy on what decade I m supposed to be in Because I m likely to digress even further so off topic , you can find the entire review at to my friends that reviewed this, particularly Eric, whose recent review helped draw my attention to it


  4. Becky Becky says:

    Right up front, I m going to tell you that this is a book that is about to suffer for being judged out of time By me Now, I m not usually the type to notice offenses to the feminist cause in everything, but I couldn t help but find this book, and its depiction of literally the ONLY female character in it besides prostitutes, that is, but they don t count ridiculous in the worst way As soon as the secretary was mentioned, and it was of course assumed that she must be working for a male Right up front, I m going to tell you that this is a book that is about to suffer for being judged out of time By me Now, I m not usually the type to notice offenses to the feminist cause in everything, but I couldn t help but find this book, and its depiction of literally the ONLY female character in it besides prostitutes, that is, but they don t count ridiculous in the worst way As soon as the secretary was mentioned, and it was of course assumed that she must be working for a male who was pulling all the strings, I knew that this book and I were going to have issues Perhaps I could have moved past those issues Perhaps It was written decades ago, and women and men had their roles and all But then toward the end, I knew there was no redemption for this book for me Because, as forward thinking as Harrison no doubt thought himself or so it seems to me, knowing nothing about him at all other than having read this one book for casting a woman as the antagonist, and making her smart, and independent, he ruined all of that when he THEN made her psychotic about her looks and actually had the main male character say something to the effect of I had wondered how someone so beautiful became so smart and she was cursed by ugliness Because ugly women can be smart, but beautiful women who are smart are SUCH a rarity that they defy reality And of course, no matter how insane or murderous they are, it s impossible not to fall in love with a woman like that.I can t even right now If he had handled Angelina better, this might be a 4 star book for me There was a decent amount of humor, the futuristic society was interesting, the heist details were on point all things considered , and the main MALE character was interesting at least until Angelina came into the picture and ruined everything I don t hold her responsible for that, though She was just written that way A shame really


  5. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3 of fiveDistastefully sexist, but 58 years old The book, not the reviewer Although I m regularly informed of my innate inferiority of character due to sexism It was a modest amount of fun reading it because I like capers Slippery Jim diGriz plans a fun caper indeed, thrice in fact, and I had no problem seeing how to modernize the capers Still and all, I can t really think of a reason to read the book if you haven t already because there s really nothing substantive to be gain Rating 3 of fiveDistastefully sexist, but 58 years old The book, not the reviewer Although I m regularly informed of my innate inferiority of character due to sexism It was a modest amount of fun reading it because I like capers Slippery Jim diGriz plans a fun caper indeed, thrice in fact, and I had no problem seeing how to modernize the capers Still and all, I can t really think of a reason to read the book if you haven t already because there s really nothing substantive to be gained and a lot of attitude changes have rendered the central points of the plot outdated to the point of actually becoming offensive in a MeToo world.So you ve been warned enticed, depending on your social orientation


  6. Jamie Jamie says:

    3.5 stars Great setup for what would become sci fi grandmaster Harry Harrison s most enduring series and character, Jim diGriz, AKA the Stainless Steel Rat Funny, clever and daring, he makes the perfect inter galactic rogue extraordinaire in a galaxy that s been mostly purged of crime thanks to scientific advancements that enable the early detection and elimination of deviant personality traits He stays one step ahead of the authorities, constantly moving on to his next scam on a new planet w 3.5 stars Great setup for what would become sci fi grandmaster Harry Harrison s most enduring series and character, Jim diGriz, AKA the Stainless Steel Rat Funny, clever and daring, he makes the perfect inter galactic rogue extraordinaire in a galaxy that s been mostly purged of crime thanks to scientific advancements that enable the early detection and elimination of deviant personality traits He stays one step ahead of the authorities, constantly moving on to his next scam on a new planet with a completely unsuspecting populace and local law enforcement.The first half of this Stainless Steel Rat debut is great fun and packed with action and memorable quips Yet it loses steam in the second half, becomingintrospective and even sappy as the Rat develops a love interest and they try to outwit each other She proves at least as cunning and lotunscrupulous Still, overall a great setup for a classic sci fi series


  7. Juho Pohjalainen Juho Pohjalainen says:

    Good action, clever spy thriller and a bunch of crime geniuses that actually come across as smart, and a sympathetic main character, allthan make up for the relatively petty shortcomings of slightly uneven plotting and shallow universe I believe I will keep up with the series.


  8. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    A fun, entertaining and, above all else, quick read Just what the doctor ordered after finishing the mammoth tome that is A Game of Thrones This Sci Fi lite meets hardboiled cop dramedy makes for a nice, mindless distraction It probably only deserves 3 stars this ain t Shakespeare, folks , but I m willing to bump it up a full starfor the pure enjoyment of it all Some will consider the writing so so or even subpar, while others will complain of stereotypical characters I actually enj A fun, entertaining and, above all else, quick read Just what the doctor ordered after finishing the mammoth tome that is A Game of Thrones This Sci Fi lite meets hardboiled cop dramedy makes for a nice, mindless distraction It probably only deserves 3 stars this ain t Shakespeare, folks , but I m willing to bump it up a full starfor the pure enjoyment of it all Some will consider the writing so so or even subpar, while others will complain of stereotypical characters I actually enjoyed the overly cocky main character , but those people need to pull the stick out and relax on this one


  9. Eric Eric says:

    What we have here is a time capsule from 1961, when Harrison, the author of Make Room Make Room , wrote a pulpy sci fi adventure as an homage to prototypical science fiction adventures of an even earlier era While this didn t age as well as one would hope, and may get knocked down by fans ofcontemporary science fiction on that account, I enjoy occasionally looking back in time and reading influential genre works, as they give a glimpse into how the genre was built and evolved into what i What we have here is a time capsule from 1961, when Harrison, the author of Make Room Make Room , wrote a pulpy sci fi adventure as an homage to prototypical science fiction adventures of an even earlier era While this didn t age as well as one would hope, and may get knocked down by fans ofcontemporary science fiction on that account, I enjoy occasionally looking back in time and reading influential genre works, as they give a glimpse into how the genre was built and evolved into what it now is This work is a particularly good example, as I am not sure sci fi gets Han Solo without first having Slippery Jim diGriz, a.k.a the Stainless Steel Rat.And Jim is the kind of brash, rapscallion anti hero with a heart of gold that sci fi is littered with And we love him for it.One early plot development that did not sit so well with me, however, was how easily Jim was turned by the Special Corps On his first job for them, for example, he is given a luxury spacecraft that he uses to catch another criminal, and at no point does he consider stealing it himself and disregarding the mission.Also of note was that while at first, the treatment of females in this novel left a bit to be desired, that gets turned upside down when the mastermind antagonist turns out to be a femme fatale that is so manipulative, she ensnares Jim, a master con artist in his own right, with little effort


  10. Jim Jim says:

    This was a nice blast from the past, a fast moving space opera with a wonderful main character, Slippery Jim DiGriz He s a thief, con man, liar, but a pretty good nice guy for all that Just a bit of a square peg in the round holes of the future This was the first book published might be the best book, although the next one


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