Earthman's Burden

Earthman's Burden

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It could almost have been Earth - or so thought Ensign Alexander Braithwaite Jones, who crash-landed on the planet Taka, 500 light-years from the Solar System. Then he met the Hokas, a race of teddy-bear-like aliens, with the astounding ability to transform outdated Earth stories into riotous real life adventures. From the guns and slang of an Old West saloon to a hair-raising drug bust in Victorian England led to the by a button-nosed, pipe-puffing Hokan Sherlock Holmes, the Hokas demand that Alex Jones live it all along with them. Suddenly his ordinary military career is changed into a crazy world of intergalactic adventure, as he tries, without much success, to bring his furry, alien charges along the road to civilization, sanity, and a m ore respectable social rating in the Interbeing League.The fact that two small moons were in the sky and a third lurking somewhere else , that the continental outlines were an alien scrawl, that a snake coiled ... down the creases of his white naval trousers, buffed his shining naval boots on the spilled-out naval parachute, and reached for his emergency kit. ... It looked unfamiliar, somehow ... had they issued a new set of instructions since he was in boot camp?

Title:Earthman's Burden
Author: Poul Anderson, Gordon R Dickson
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2013-04-23

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