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Alan Green, space-wrecked on a populated but backward planet, has survived for two years as a slave with no hope of rescue. Then, one day, news of spacemen landing in a remote city gives him his only chance of ever returning home. All he has to do is escape slavery, travel thousands of miles, free the spacers from prison before they are executed, and get aboard their spaceship.

Philip Jose' Farmer's first full-length novel, The Green Odyssey, is an uproarious, hell-bent adventure story combining fantasy, imagination, and science with a liberal dash of humor. It is in the best tradition of adventure science fiction, a swashbuckling tale of a resourceful spaceman who is, however, uneasily aware that he may have been miscast. Fortunately, he has the assistance of a large, gorgeous, energetic, and adoring female who is supremely confident of his ability to handle all comers. With her help, that is.

Public Domain (P)2016 Harry Shaw

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 02-06-16


I cut my Sci-Fi teeth on Philip Jose Farmer. In 1978 when I got married, my wife was still going to college, I was a drop out. Knowing my love for Science Ficiton, (Star Trek, Star Wars, and B-Movies), and her needing to study without me bugging her, she talked me into reading Sci-Fi books, (This was before DVD and HBO). My first books happened to be Farmer. To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Unreasoning Mask, both hit upon day dreams of mine. Along with his short stories, these were the best he ever wrote. The Green Odyssey was his first book ever, so I had to check it out. It, along with most of his other books are substandard. Farmer himself even admits to becoming a hack. He won some contest, before he became famous, but he never got the money and he purposely wrote junk after he got famous to get back at ?. Don't believe me, read The Dark Sun. The planet is cool, the society different, but it does not all come together to become entertaining. It is a snoozer.

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  • 26-07-19

love Francis Jose Farmer

good tale well told. simple story with a classic Farmer take on future man in difficult predicament.