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Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456498517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456498511
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,423,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fun quick read, easy to get into and enjoy.
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He was an expert at creating fascinating worlds that were both fantastic and yet utterly believable, and this story shows his writing ability off to great effect.
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If you like westerns or science fiction or both you'll enjoy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. van der Linden on April 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
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Originally published as A PLANET FOR TEXANS in the magazine FANTASTIC UNIVERSE (Vol. 7, No. 3, March 1957), this novella was expanded by John J. McGuire and published as a short novel in 1958.

This work is a clear and obvious tribute to H.L. Mencken's classic essay "The Malevolent Jobholder" (from THE AMERICAN MERCURY, June 1924), in which Mencken proposed:

"...that it shall be no longer malum in se for a citizen to pummel, cowhide, kick, gouge, cut, wound, bruise, maim, burn, club, bastinado, flay, or even lynch a [government] jobholder, and that it shall be malum prohibitum only to the extent that the punishment exceeds the jobholder's deserts. The amount of this excess, if any, may be determined very conveniently by a petit jury, as other questions of guilt are now determined."

In 1999, the novel won the Prometheus Award, Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Libertarian SF Novel. This tongue-in-cheek tale features a planet of Texans whose dinosaur-sized cattle have to be herded with tanks and helicopers, and whose system of government derives its character from Mencken's essay.

The protagonist is an insubordinate Terran junior diplomat who is appointed as ambassador to this cantankerously independent planet in the hope that he will be assassinated (as the previous ambassador had been), thereby justifying the forcible invasion and conquest of the Texans. The crux of the story is the trial of the previous ambassador's assassins - actually paid killers hired by an alien empire also planning invasion - under a legal system that considers the killing of a practicing politician to be justifiable homicide.

An interesting premise, carried out with typical '50s-style space opera ingenuity and light-hearted disrespect for government authority.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By h lynn keith on August 8, 2012
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1. Short review: :-)

2. Long review:

2.1. What I liked: Piper's satire.

Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? It tries to be a roller coaster, but most of the action happens in a courtroom, so it is a walk in the park threatening to become a roller coaster.

Free and worth the download.

2.2. What I did not like: Nothing. Once I got into the over-the-top satire, it was all good.

2.3. Who I think is the audience: Science fiction fans. H Beam Piper fans.

2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read? Yes. There is killing, but it is not graphic.

2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book? Yes.

2.6. The plot in a nutshell:

Stephen Silk, one of the Solar League's spies, finds himself appointed the Ambassador to New Texas to fill the vacancy left by the late Silas Cumshaw. Some inhabitants of New Texas killed Ambassador Cumshaw. Silk is to investigate Cumshaw's death and determine if the aggressive z'Srauff -- whom the Solar League suspects of planning to invade New Texas -- had a part in the murder. It becomes apparent to Silk that many who sought his appointment hope that this will get him killed, too.

During his journey to New Texas, Silk familiarizes himself with the local political situation, with his personnel, and with the side-arms the League provided him. On New Texas, everyone goes armed.

Soon after his arrival on New Texas, Silk finds himself locked in the Court of Political Justice. "[T]he defendant, Wilbur Whately, is here charged with political irresponsibility and excessive atrocity in exercising his constitutional right of criticism of a practicing politician." The defendant killed S.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 17, 2013
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This story stands alone, which is to say that is it is not in Piper’s Terro-Human Future History or Paratime milieus. New Texas was founded when the whole ornery state of Texas built themselves spaceships and headed out to the new frontier – space. But now, these rugged and independent New Texans are the target of an expansive race of extraterrestrials, and it’s up to the Solar League’s ambassador to guide them back into Earth’s embrace. Well, mister, it’s going to take one tough and wily ambassador to steer the New Texans – but is Stephen Silk that tough and that wily?

This story is absolutely great! H. Beam Piper (1904-64) is one of the little recognized greats of science fiction. He was an expert at creating fascinating worlds that were both fantastic and yet utterly believable, and this story shows his writing ability off to great effect. If you like good sci-fi, then you will like this book. If you are a fan of H. Beam Piper, then it is a must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RL on April 4, 2013
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A world where you can shoot politicians? Talk about going all in for libertarians and anarchists!

However, Mr. Piper doesn't let this become a comic book and he gives you a world in which there is more than meets the eye upon first blush.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Bjerk on December 16, 2011
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H. Beam piper is a lost gem of Sci Fi writers. He writes in the classic sense of Sci Fi, not in the space opera style that is much more common today. But his writing is very good. His stories always move at a good clip, and this one is no exception. He follows the principle of leaders being responsible to their constituents to its extreme, but not illogical conclusion, and a great story ensues.. That makes it sound dull, but that is not at all the case! Read it. It would be well worth it even if it were not free.
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