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.
©2006 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp." (Publishers Weekly)
Interesting and engaging story, hit enough tropes without going too far.
Murder via by talking out of their ass, literally.
Pronunciation of the alien names so matter of factly, good understanding of the genre.
With Will Wheaton reading yes I could not have did as good a job in my head as he did on the audio book
Yes Agent to the Stars just as entertaining
I could have
For me, undoubtedly.
Fuzzy Nation - same dry wit, same excellent narration.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that one person is doing the narration. And he captures Scalzi dry wit so well, making me almost laugh out loud at times as I listen.
Scalzi at his dryest.
Even if the story doesn't grab you, the way Scalzi writes, will. You can't help but become a Scalzi fan.
Witty dry humor with cultural undertones gives this novel a flavor that honestly, I have not seen. This book is funny, action packed and yet not predictable.
The reason I mention HHG is because it has those cultural “Easter Eggs” tossed in for people who are just a little too sophisticated for their own good. At the same time, it offers a base humor that will entertain the unenlightened masses.
So I guess what I’m saying is that this book has something delightfully entertaining for everyone, a Rubrics Cube of literary style.
If you are a sci-fi fan who likes like humor, this is simply a book that you must get, you won’t be disappointed. And if you happen to be a little dimwitted, don’t worry, you’ll still like the book.
One more point. For the technology based community, the writer is obviously a bit of a geek. This may sound bad, but it isn’t. Nothing and I mean nothing is more annoying than lame technology, that is, tech that is described by non-technical authors. THIS author obviously knows computers, and can talk about them in a way that will not leave the non-technical crowd bored. I’m a software developer, I know the difference.
Get this book.
You will love it!
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I enjoyed reading Agent to the Stars so much that I picked up another John Scalzi book. Again this was a audiobook so I picked one that had Will Wheaton as a narrator.
Both of Scalzi’s books that I have read so far have not been primarily concerned with the science. Instead they are science fiction settings (there are aliens, it is in the future) but it is really just the setting, not the main concern of the book. So people that do not traditionally like science fiction might like these.
Android’s Dream is more of a spy book than a science fiction book. Harry Creek is a former cop, a former war hero, a computer specialist and currently works for the State Department giving aliens bad news.
His more ‘special’ talents get him tasked to find a particular breed of sheep to stop an interplanetary war that the Earth will be sure to lose. Of course he ends up finding a girl that needs help. He has to escape both the aliens and the humans that want to encourage a war.
The end had a very nice twist that took the book in a very different direction.
Scalzi writes with a lot of humor. So it feels a bit like Christopher Buckley or Carl Hiaasen but with a science fiction setting. I will be reading more Scalzi, especially with Will Wheaton as a narrator.
This story was nothing like what I expected. I really love it when an author takes science and gives it a little twist and creates a unique story. That is what the author did here. The story was totally refreshing and even if you couldn't relate to the characters, you still wanted to know what happens next. The Android's Dream was fast paced and fun. I have recommended this book to my students.
I was not disappointed. A very original yarn. Loved it from page one. I especially loved the twists and turns. Well done
I think this was one of the best audio books that I've listened to in a long time. It kept my focus and I was engaged until the very end.
I really enjoyed Talk (I believe that's how his name is spelled). The concept of a Nidu going through a religious quest and the lack of loyalty that serves came off hilarious and enthralling.
I thought that the scene in the mall was one of the best scenes in the book. It offered right imagery.
Don't forget your Tums.
Starts queer and just gets strangely believable.
About the three quarters through when somebody decides to eat their new best friend!!
I like Brian.
I just plain enjoyed the feeling of a well told story, well explained and coherent whilst being outrageous, kind of the same feeling seen in The Fifth Element.
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I really like John Scalzi, this was not at all bad, but it was not one of my favorite of his books. It did have some quite funny bits, a few interesting ideas, and a several likeable (but not quite well developed) characters, but it was a bit too heavy to be light and fun, and a bit too tongue in cheek to be deeply satisfying. I am never offended by scatological humor but I don???t appreciate it as a pillar of a novel. The narration was right on.
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