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Evesham Giyt makes a living by poaching funds from the corporations he freelances for. One day, an ad for starting a new life on the colony world of Tupelo tempts him and his girlfriend, Rina, a former hooker, to leave Earth behind. Life on the planet, settled by five different alien species, with Giyt's colony located on an archipelago set amidst gigantic oceans, seems too good to be true, and Giyt can't believe it when he's elected mayor of the humans. But the tropical bliss is just a facade, and some judicious hacking reveals that the colony's books have been cooked. Giyt risks his life to uncover the truthAthe colony is the front for an American expansionist movementAand he and Rina live happily ever after. Pohl makes some sharp satirical points here, but overall this is uninspired, if cleanly told, fare from an author who for more than 40 years has generally been producing betterAsometimes much betterAwork.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ace computer hacker Evesham Giyt immigrates to the planet Tupelo with his ex-hooker wife, Rina, and stumbles into the position of mayor of a colony that includes members of four other alien races in addition to humankind. His troubles begin when he discovers a conspiracy masterminded by a coterie of xenophobic humans intent on securing control of the planet. SF grand master Pohl (The Other End of Time, LJ 9/15/96) brings the high-action, no-frills appeal of pulp sf to his latest tongue-in-cheek satire of human foibles. A good selection for large sf collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312861648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312861643
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,541,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. It appealed to my bizzare sense of humour. I agree with the previous review that the plot was a bit predictable, but I thought it had a couple of interesting twists. The characters were ok but not out of the ordinary. It was a bit difficult to get into at the start but I found that I was fairly involved at the end. I would advise anyone that it is definitely worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Zoidberg on January 15, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"O Pioneer" tells the story of Evesham Giyt, a futuristic hacker, who decides to immigrate to the new frontier, a newly inhabited planet named Tupelo. One thing Evesham wasn't aware of when he came to the planet - it is NOT empty. The planet is already inhabited by 5 other sentient races, each with its own characteristics. In addition, it seems there is some kind of a conspiracy going on the planet, and there's no one able to stop it - except Evesham!
This is a real cute book. Very relaxing and enjoying. The aliens are really a delight to read about, so diverse - yet very consistent. But the bad thing about the story - it's very predictable from first to last page - there's no catch or anything. And the story gets a bit slow at times - which is annoying, since the book is very short anyway (~250 pages). Nevertheless, it's still worth a read to any sci-fi fan, if only for the aliens. One last comment, I am a Star Trek fan, and I'm really getting tired that all aliens there are nearly identical in appearance and behavior.. this book shows there are more possibilities to this often underexplored genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Boring. This book is far oversold by the reviews above. The story is passable and the aliens are not at all compelling. Better than 80% of science fiction novels, but still only passable.
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By Cara on January 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have never read Frederik Pohl before, but then I noticed "O Pioneer!" sitting on a shelf. I bought it and enjoyed it. The nonchalance of the main character is very humorous, and the aliens described through a human's eyes is funny. The sloth-like aliens were particularly enlightening, and the 'sex' party scene was engaging. I guess I'll look into more Frederik Pohl books, but this review is only from the standpoint of a one-time reader of Pohl. Well, take a lookee see at "O Pioneer!" if you like irreverant humor in sci-fi writing.
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