Dark Star

Dark Star

Alan Dean Foster / Feb 24, 2020

Dark Star ALL SYSTEMS SNAFU If anything could possibly go wrong aboard the scoutship Dark Star sooner or later it would Now in the twentieth year of their mission destroying unstable planets the ship and its

  • Title: Dark Star
  • Author: Alan Dean Foster
  • ISBN: 9780345288714
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • ALL SYSTEMS SNAFU If anything could possibly go wrong aboard the scoutship Dark Star, sooner or later it would Now, in the twentieth year of their mission destroying unstable planets the ship and its crew were slowly and steadily falling apart.After 20 years in space, isolation and lonliness had left thier mark The four surviving crew members were bored beyond rALL SYSTEMS SNAFU If anything could possibly go wrong aboard the scoutship Dark Star, sooner or later it would Now, in the twentieth year of their mission destroying unstable planets the ship and its crew were slowly and steadily falling apart.After 20 years in space, isolation and lonliness had left thier mark The four surviving crew members were bored beyond relief Only an occasional bomb run or another of the inevitable malfunctions aboard ship upset the monotony.Then, one day, Bomb 20 was primed, armed, and set to detonated suddenly life on the Dark Star became frantic

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      • Alan Dean Foster

        Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California He received a B.A in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A in 1969 Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist the new places encountered in his books are likely to be on another planet, and the people may belong to an alien race.Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968 His first novel, The Tar Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth The Tar Aiym Krang also marked the first appearance of Flinx, a young man with paranormal abilities, who reappears in other books, including Orphan Star, For Love of Mother Not, and Flinx in Flux.Foster has also written The Damned series and the Spellsinger series, which includes The Hour of the Gate, The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and Son of Spellsinger, among others Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies Splinter of the Mind s Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979 The book Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990 His novel Our Lady of the Machine won him the UPC Award Spain in 1993 He also won the Ignotus Award Spain in 1994 and the Stannik Award Russia in 2000.


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    1. A wonderful novel. as good as the search that was undertaken to find it. Some 20 years after starting to look for it. I saw this movie on the Late Late show on CBS one night and I was floored. The cheesiness and weirdness of it. I used to read Starlog magazine a lot and there was an ad for this book. But I never ordered it. I was 8 years old.I developed a desire to read it, and me and my father began the quest. Every bookstore in NJ and PA. No one had it, it was out of print, etc.We combed book [...]


    2. -Entre chistes y situaciones absurdas, toda una tragedia.-Género. Cienca-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. La nave Dark Star lleva años dedicándose a destruir estructuras planetarias inestables para que no haya problemas con ellas en el futuro. Su tripulación comienza a manifestar toda clase de disfunciones psicológicas debido a lo prolongado de su misión y la propia nave presenta algunas fallas. Y una de sus bombas (perdón, aparatos disparadores termoestelares), la última en concreto, tiene m [...]


    3. Foster became famous for his media novelizations, and this is one his first and best. DARK STAR was a low-budget sf comedy, and Foster both translates the story faithfully and expands it into a priceless humorous novel. (Side note: I first saw the film more than thirty-five years ago, and somehow it never dawned on me until just now that what happens to Talby is a complete steal of Ray Bradbury's "Kaleidoscope.") Anyway, this is a terrific book, and the one-word summation of Doolittle's fate, th [...]


    4. Alan Dean Foster is a master of the movie tie-in, which is what this is. I read this after having seen the movie; the script for which was by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon. It's more difficult than you think to convert a movie script to a novel, particularly where humour is concerned. Alan Dean Foster managed it brilliantly.


    5. Dark star is a fine a rendition of pre war Europe as anything I have read. It captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war.




    6. Not a terrible read, but it is a slog, mostly because Foster chooses the wrong places to pad the material out. Instead of exploring the characters more deeply or recounting past missions or what the world was like that they left behind, he instead decides to go on and on about the actual science of everything, which often runs in contradiction to the nonsensical science of the film, missing the point as it's supposed to be nonsensical. Instead of embracing this aspect, he seems embarrassed of it [...]


    7. Dark Star is the story of four men, a spaceship, an alien, and a bomb (some or all of whom may be a bit unhinged), in the final days of their twenty year mission.It is a darkly funny take on an interesting science fiction premise. Although the book was adapted from the script of a not-so-good seventies movie, it goes deeper into the story, the setting, and the characters than a movie ever could. The result is a surprisingly good novel.This book is part innovative and thought-provoking SF, part h [...]


    8. I got hold of this book having seen the classic Sci-Fi film. I read it from cover to cover laying in bed the night I got it home.As a novelisation of the film, the reader gets all the fun of the frozen commander, maddening alien and device with delusions of grandeur. If you havent seen the film, I'd question if you are a SciFi fan. Unfortunately the book cant do better than the film though I did spend the entire evening chuckling. Of course if you look around you can see the whole film online.


    9. 4 men Lt Doolittle, Cpl Boiler, Sgt Pinback & Cpl Talby with the frozen corpse of their Captain Powell are far from earth in an experimental space craft that is suffering from design flaws & neglected maintenance. Their mission is to destroy unstable planets within any solar system which contains earthlike planets. They bagan with 20 thermonuclear triggering devices and have used 19 of them. Only one more to go and they can begin the return to earth. Then all those small problems reach c [...]


    10. dark humor for dark situations successfully become good light-hearted comedy, and for once, perhaps a space opera that is accurate in detailing what it's like on a long journey in a spaceshipis seems to pay homage and mock the greatness of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the same time which makes this a fun read.





    11. Good adaptation of the cult movie. It provides a little helpful background info about the main characters that is quite welcome.



    12. All in all this is pretty much a port of the movie. There might be a few bits, like what specific charaters are thinking that's slightly insightful, but nothing new.


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