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Space Command and the Planets of Doom [Kindle Edition]

Brian Henry , Pierre Fihue
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In an irregular galaxy somewhere in the universe, the officers of Space Command voyage through bizarre planetary systems, forever exploring, researching, and encountering some of the strangest creatures and worlds around.

Join them on their sometimes absurd, sometimes surreal, always odd adventures to The Planet of the Miniature Mummies, The Planet of the Telepathic Jellyfish, The Putrid Moon, The Planet of the Dehydrated Primates and many more.

This new, expanded edition includes three added tales: The Planet of the Obscenely Giant Shrimp, The Planet of the Repellent Poodles and The Planet of the Pompous Pillbugs!

For more Space Command exploits, be sure to check out their novel-length adventure Space Command and the Planet of the Bejewelled Concubines.


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  • File Size: 186 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOVT8
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Peridot
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this ebook for my Kindle for 2 reasons: its $0.99 price & my love of science fiction. As it turned out, I loved this book! The adventures of Space Command and the Planets of Doom were full of dry comedy. I enjoyed every adventure Space Command sent their intrepid crew to experience. Near the end I began to feel a bit sad for the officers, but Planets of Doom are, well, just what it says on the tin.

Space exploration may well turn out to be like these tales. The Right Stuff won't make any difference to the local flora and fauna in that event. We're all protein to the predators and To Serve Man is a cookbook, etc.

The dark humour in this one may be too dry for some but it's exactly my cup of tea. If you're a fan of Jack Vance, step up and enjoy these tales. It isn't quite Cugel the Clever, but give these fellows some time. I wanted more of the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not that funny May 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have a hard time understanding the glowing reviews. I had really looked forward to reading this.

The stories are bit formulaic: odd/absurd species, two-dimensional extreme characters, foolish behavior (often driven by the extreme nature of the characters), destruction. That would be fine if the stories were funny, but they just aren't.

OK, I confess, I did smile at one of the extreme characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spaced Command November 26, 2010
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Brain's collection of shorts is a how-to of how not to explore alien planets. An adjetive laden macabre romp thru the absurd. Thorougly entertaining and worthy of note.

I appreciated his unusual perspective on space exploration and the uncanny way he provided so much with so few words. Developing quality shorts is a unique and unquestioned skill most writers don't possess.

The reason I gave it only 4 stars is because once I read the last tale, I felt I, as the reader, deserved more.

[...]
Mankind's Worst Fear
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Captain Kirk met Monty Python... August 21, 2011
By Rick J.
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Fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett should get a laugh out of these absurd outer space tales. If you like your space comedy dry, these ultra short tales are stirred to a James Bondian martini perfection of slightly bitter, but gut-busting dryness.

Set on planets filled with bizarre adversaries (invisible robots, telepathic jellyfish and air octopi), these hapless, arrogant and downright stupid group of space officers met their fates in increasingly hilarious and clever encounters with the locals. I laughed out loud several times at lines such as "The flailing octopi limbs whirled in a frenzy of rubbery destruction".

Highly recommended if you're looking for a series of bite-sized sci-fi comedy gems to brighten up your Kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new Chaucer of Outer Space. November 10, 2010
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Our erudite Brian Henry is at it again.

In his new collection 'Space Command,' Henry's protagonists are not pilgrims, but rather astronauts bent on discovering other worlds to their amazement and often their doom.

Each slyly crafted tale is set on a world from far Earth, but while the settings are galactic,
the humor is quite terrestrial and, more often than not, screamingly funny.

'Space Command's' preface presciently presages what you're in for and I quote:

"In an irregular galaxy, hunkered behind a sprawling nebula, controlling a system of stars numbering a total difficult to count, the relatively tireless, foolhardy officers of Space Command voyage between worlds, exploring, researching, and ferreting out vulnerable potential colonial outposts. These are the accounts of some of their less successful experiments..."

Join these spaced-out spacemen as they bumble, burble and blunder their ways through worlds of brilliantly imagined and terrifying toadstooled.

Roll over Geoffrey Chaucer, and give Ray Bradbury the news!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot chowder!... November 17, 2010
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Perfect for the armchair adventurer in us all, Brian Henry's humorous tales of the ill-fated Space Command and it's naively vulnerable explorers are a comic reminder of just how often we humans stick our ever-curious noses into places that they don't belong. In this case, those curious noses are sniffing around planets all across the galaxy. Confidently striding forth onto any of a number of strange, new worlds, these plucky space pilgrims are lulled into a sense of security while brandishing the banner of science. However, unlike another group of space explorers who set out on their own galactic 'enterprise,' in the universe of Space Command it's not just the "Red Shirts" who never make it back to the ship. A funny, clever and highly entertaining collection. As Commander Gustafson exclaims on The Planet of Frozen Spiders... "hot chowder!"
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More About the Author

Brian K. Henry holds a PhD. in English and is the author of the humorous fantasy novel "House of Prension" and the sci-fi parodies "Space Command and the Planet of the Bejewelled Concubines" and "Space Command and the Planets of Doom." Henry's other works include a variety of comedy screenplays ("Zak Bedford, Punk Detective", "Inspirational Movie" and others) and numerous short prose pieces. His script work includes collaborations with the Tyrants in Therapy and Rajesh Golla, co-writer on "Devil's Highway Blues".

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