Tag Archives | The sci-fi experience

The Android’s Dream
The Androids Dream by John Scalzi

Part of my Sci-Fi 2014 Experience When a book opens with a death by farting, two deaths by farting actually, […]

Moxyland
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

Set in a fictional, futuristic Cape Town in South Africa Moxyland is a book that I’m somewhat conflicted about. I […]

Redshirts
Redshirts by John Scalzi

p>Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience Ensign Dahl has just been assigned to The Intrepid. In many ways this is […]

A Wrinkle in the skin
A wrinkle in the skin by John Christopher

AKA The Ragged Edge. Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience In the 1960s a wave of earthquakes brings destruction around […]

A Natural history of Dragons
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A memoir by Lady Trent Lady Trent, as all know, is the world’s pre-eminent dragon naturalist. This is her story […]

Wool series, 2 – 5
Wool 3

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. As I mentioned in my […]

Wool
Wool by Hugh Howey

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. For generations people have lived […]

Zoo City
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. Zinzi December finds lost things. […]

All clear
All Clear by Connie Willis

Sequel to Blackout, and set in the Mr. Dunworthy ‘verse. Or at least that’s what I’m calling this series-ish of […]

The Stainless Steel Rat omnibus

When I spotted this in Chapters bookshop I knew I had to buy it, if only because it is the inspiration for Carl’s blog. Plus, you know, it is one of those sci-fi adventures that you really should have at least flicked through at some stage.

Slippery Jim is our narrator, and our hero, of sorts. He is also the Stainless Steel Rat, or at least that is how he describes himself. Slipping through the technological world and committing many daring acts of thievery and innumerable cons. Safe and secure in the knowledges that his wits, charm and logic will get him out of danger. Until, that is, he is caught. The Special Corps, so special that no one is really sure they exist until, of course, they catch you, succeed in arresting him. But instead of throwing him in jail, or punishing him they offer him a job. Come and work for them. So he does, after all, he was never a bad man, just one who wanted his bit of freedom.