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Bow Down to Nul (VIntage Ace, F-382) Mass Market Paperback – 1966

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 2nd edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005XA4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,296,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mithridates VI of Pontus VINE VOICE on February 25, 2011
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Ok, I admit, I bought this book because of the gorgeous red/helium-breathing alien/humans toting spears cover... Sadly, there's very little behind the cover besides a standard uninventive pulp-ish romp. Aldiss expends little effort and as result the work lacks an interesting society or an involving plot and all the action takes place in the slip-shop last few pages. In short, it was a massive disappointment considering one of my all-time favorites is his earlier novel, Starship (Non-stop). Vague inklings of interesting images do crop up every now and again but the work really isn't worth reading unless your're a Aldiss completest or interested in simplistic (mostly competent) incarnations of pulp sci-fi.

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The huge hydrogen-breathing Partussians (Nuls) have controlled Earth (one of millions of worlds in their vast empire - surprising?) for thousands of years. All of Earth's cities are long abandoned and the standard sort of Partussian city-with a hydrogen atmosphere-is built on each world as its capital (this concept is interesting, sadly, the cities are never really described). The Partussians exploit Earth for its natural resources.

Gary Towler, an Earthman, is a interpreter for the Nuls who refuse to learn the native languages on the planets they conquer. The Partussian central command, following up on rumors of their own extraordinary corrupt rule on Earth, send an investigator to check up on the governor. The Earth rebels contact Towler - because of his important role as interpreter - to expose the corruption of the governor to the investigator. However, most of his fellow humans think he's working for the Partussians and treat him as a pariah.
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This was not written for the B movie producers. It is a fairly deep analysis of Earth being controlled by hydrogen breathing Aliens. For those who have read Consider PhlebasConsider Phlebas please compare. The author admits this is based on the old British Empire in India, but it questions a lot of assumptions we allow writers of science fiction to make. This is one of the earliest alien perspective books and deals with our ability to understand. A quick, tight action novel.
Thanks, Harry
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