Reward for Retief

Reward for Retief

Keith Laumer / Jun 03, 2020

Reward for Retief Retief s latest mission is to Sardon a wild undeveloped planet whose inhabitants have a marked dislike for Terrans The native worm like Pillars seem to have a strong desire to kill the incoming Ter

  • Title: Reward for Retief
  • Author: Keith Laumer
  • ISBN: 9780671698041
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • Retief s latest mission is to Sardon, a wild, undeveloped planet whose inhabitants have a marked dislike for Terrans The native, worm like Pillars seem to have a strong desire to kill the incoming Terran diplomats Worse, they are hiding something something that threatens interplanetary peace.

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      • Keith Laumer

        John Keith Laumer 9 June 1925 23 January 1993 was an American science fiction author Prior to becoming a full time writer, he was an officer in the U.S Air Force and a U.S diplomat His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz also mentioned in Keith s The Other Side of Time.Keith Laumer aka J.K Laumer, J Keith Laumer is best known for his Bolo stories and his satirical Retief series The former chronicles the evolution of juggernaut sized tanks that eventually become self aware through the constant improvement resulting from centuries of intermittent warfare against various alien races The latter deals with the adventures of a cynical spacefaring diplomat who constantly has to overcome the red tape infused failures of people with names like Ambassador Grossblunder The Retief stories were greatly influenced by Laumer s earlier career in the United States Foreign Service In an interview with Paul Walker of Luna Monthly, Laumer states I had no shortage of iniquitous memories of the Foreign Service Four of his shorter works received Hugo or Nebula Award nominations one of them, In the Queue , received nominations for both and his novel A Plague of Demons was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966.During the peak years of 1959 1971, Laumer was a prolific science fiction writer, with his novels tending to follow one of two patterns fast paced, straight adventures in time and space, with an emphasis on lone wolf, latent superman protagonists, self sacrifice and transcendence or, broad comedies, sometimes of the over the top variety.In 1971, Laumer suffered a stroke while working on the novel The Ultimax Man As a result, he was unable to write for a few years As he explained in an interview with Charles Platt published in The Dream Makers 1987 , he refused to accept the doctors diagnosis He came up with an alternative explanation and developed an alternative and very painful treatment program Although he was unable to write in the early 1970s, he had a number of books which were in the pipeline at the time of the stroke published during that time.In the mid 1970s, Laumer partially recovered from the stroke and resumed writing However, the quality of his work suffered and his career declined Piers Anthony, How Precious Was That While, 2002 In later years Laumer also reused scenarios and characters from his earlier works to create new books, which some critics felt was to their detriment Alas, Retief to the Rescue doesn t seem so much like a new Retief novel, but a kind of Cuisnart m lange of past books Somtow Sucharitkul Washington Post, Mar 27, 1983 p BW11 His Bolo creations were popular enough that other authors have written standalone science fiction novels about them.Laumer was also a model airplane enthusiast, and published two dozen designs between 1956 and 1962 in the U.S magazines Air Trails, Model Airplane News and Flying Models, as well as the British Aero Modeler He published one book on the subject, How to Design and Build Flying Models in 1960 His later designs were mostly gas powered free flight planes, and had a whimsical charm with names to match, like the Twin Lizzie and the Lulla Bi His designs are still being revisited, reinvented and built today.


    1. Laumer must have been a diplomat or in the military or both to have written so humorously (but believably) about bureaucratic red tape. Retief always manages to find a way through it or over it or around it to save the day. I love these novels, despite being a bit repetitive.

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