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Vintage paperbackContains the storiesEdge of the KnifeA Slave Is a SlaveMinistry of DisturbanceThe ReturnThe Keeper


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    Weak pulp fiction entries by H Beam Piper He Who Brought You Little Fuzzy These are five short stories novelettes and novellas ostensibly from some sort of future history collected in one volume Hey if Heinlein could do it why not others? But this future history is inchoate and adds nothing One of the stories The Keeper brings up the tail and is decent The others alas are not particularly good One A Slave is a Slave is downright bad like 1 star bad a sobriquet I apply sparingly because usually burn the book donate the book to the library unread This one brings my overall score down from a three to a two because otherwise Piper is a modestly entertaining writer A pontificating galactic general of some sort points out that both slaves and owners are equally fairly happy Though full of holes than a colander the ideas of this solderphilosopher are put forth quite seriously Ignored in this yarn are brutality rape and selling away families among other charming facets of chattel slavery Apparently these are avoided in the described culture through innate human decency Is it possible that Piper didn't understand the shape that slavery frequently takes particularly in his home country of the US? He makes the point that slaves get three meals and a roof over their head The mind boggles The introduction to this story from Jerry Pournelle who describes his politics to be somewhere to the right of Ghengis Khan notes that his milder version of this position published by another author was controversial and is excited that Piper takes it all the way Yikes Wikipedia tells me that Piper was self taught which perhaps explains his dumbfounding naivete about chattel slavery Wikipedia also tells me that the recently deceased Jerry Pournelle was a polymath OK then I'm going to go with tireless self promoter His SF novels are typically tiresome and bombastic except when paired with Larry NivenDraw your own conclusions but don't read this book unless you are willing to suspend all disbelief and swallow any old dish a writer chooses to serve This one stuck sideways in my throat like a bone But I still love Little Fuzzy