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The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

The Android's Dream (edition 2007)

by John Scalzi

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Title:The Android's Dream
Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2007), Paperback, 396 pages
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The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

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loved the way Scalzi gave homage to Dick; poked at Hubbard and quoted from Baum; really fun story though a little predictable at times; with really good characters and loved the good guys hated the bad guys; fun fun read. Had the hard back issue and there are quite a few editing errors however. Someone really didn't read their check up. ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
I got this book for Christmas, and as a huge Scalzi fan, I was excited to read it.

The Android's Dream is a science-fiction comedy (like Scalzi's previous Agent to the Stars). There has been a diplomatic incident with the Nidu, a race of not-that-powerful-but-still-more-powerful-than-Earth aliens, and war looms on the horizon - unless a specimen of a rare variety of sheep can be found. Harry Creek, a mid-level State department bureaucrat and war veteran, is tasked with getting to the bottom of the events.

The best word to describe this book is a "romp". There are layered conspiracies, refreshingly practical religious zealots, artificial intelligences, and a lot more. The tone of the book reminded me of a (revived) Doctor Who episode - lots of witty banter and ridiculousness, some heart and a deus ex machina resolution that you don't really want to look at closely.

I liked this book fairly well, but I prefer Scalzi's more serious books - the Old Man's War books, Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts. I hear that The God Engines is his least comedic work, so I'm pretty excited about reading that one someday too. ( )
  kgodey | Apr 11, 2017 |
A science fiction piece of satire that has long been on my list to read- what a strange imagined world future- with insights on the minds of power brokers and some rather obvious messages about not becoming Lambs to the Slaughter in international - or in this case intergalactic politics. ( )
  HelenGress | Feb 5, 2017 |
This was a wonderfully wacky read, exactly the antidote I needed to election stress. Wil Wheaton did a great job as a narrator. My only complaint was the sheer amount of profanity in here. If I had been reading it in paper format, it probably wouldn't have bothered me as much. But as an audiobook, it got old really fast. If I hadn't been so into the story I think I would have returned it. ( )
  cmbohn | Dec 21, 2016 |
Although I've heard nothing but good things about John Scalzi's Old Man's War, I still haven't gotten around to reading it. Which, given how much sheer fun The Android's Dream is, makes me an idiot. Seriously. If you can put this book down after reading the first paragraph, you're a better person than me. It's got action. It's got adventure. It's got power politics and strange alien races. It's got the snappiest dialogue since Nick & Nora Charles set the banter highwater mark. Get it. Read it. Love it. And right soon ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
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From the title I was expecting some Bladerunneresque cyberpunk noir and instead what I got was a tense political thriller written by a futurist with ADHD.
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This book is dedicated to Kevin Stampfl, one of my best friends for years, and a good man to know before and after the collapse of civilization.
Also to Cory Doctorow, Justine Larbalestier, Nick Sagan, Charlie Stross, and Scott Westerfeld, my first live audience as a science fiction writer. Thanks for your attendance then, and your friendship now.
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Dirk Moeller didn't know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident. But he was ready to find out.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765348284, Mass Market Paperback)

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most…unusual…way. To avoid war, Earth’s government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony.
To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA.
But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth.
To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker -- and to protect the future of humanity.

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A human diplomat kills his alien counterpart. Earth is on the verge of war...A lone man races against time and a host of enemies to find the one object that can save our planet...a sheep"--Cover flap.

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