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The Space Willies

(1958)
(Next of Kin)
A novel by

 
 
Scout-Officer John Leeming knew from the very start that his reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory would likely be a one-way trip. But, after he crash-lands on a far distant planet and becomes a prisoner of ruthless aliens, he knows he can't just give up. Armed with only a piece of wood, a coil of copperlike wire, his quick wits, and an imaginary ally called Eustace, Leeming embarks on a brilliant campaign to gain his freedom--and undermine the alien war effort, too. This original, full-length version of one of Russell's most popular stories, "Plus X," is amusing, adventurous, fast moving, and razor sharp. Poking fun at bone-headed and inflexible bureaucrats and institutions, it ranks among his very best work.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A wonderful, fun, fast yarn that hasn't aged a bit and ... never, never takes itself seriously." - Jack L Chalker


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Used availability for Eric Frank Russell's The Space Willies

Hardback Editions

December 1964 : UK Hardback
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Title: Next of Kin (Pilot Books)
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-340-07466-3 / 978-0-340-07466-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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December 1959 : UK Hardback
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Title: Next of Kin
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-234-77475-4 / 978-0-234-77475-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dobson Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Next of Kin large print
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 1-905665-46-6 / 978-1-905665-46-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pollinger in Print
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June 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Next of Kin (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-575-07240-7 / 978-0-575-07240-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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December 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Next of Kin
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-7493-0072-8 / 978-0-7493-0072-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Next of kin
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-413-17720-3 / 978-0-413-17720-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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March 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Next of Kin
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-345-32761-6 / 978-0-345-32761-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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March 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: Next of Kin (SF classic)
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-7221-7542-6 / 978-0-7221-7542-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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December 1962 : UK Paperback
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Title: Next of Kin
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
ISBN: 0-340-07467-1 / 978-0-340-07467-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mayflower
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Kindle Editions

May 2008 : USA, Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Next of Kin
Author(s): Eric Frank Russell
Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing
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