Contemporary science fiction writer John Scalzi has created an epic and highly amusing universe in the 2006 novel. The book starts with a tale of revenge completed against an alien, death by farting. This sets the mood for the rest of the novel, an incredibly funny and galaxy spanning romp. The book considers how and when humanity will be introduced to the rest of the universe (Hint: We're not #1 any more), and how we will react to hordes of aliens invading and taking our meats and cheeses. State Department employee Harry Creek, who specializes in giving people bad news, is tasked with finding the last known Android's Dream sheep (an electric blue species named in honor of Philip K Dick's short story). This proves to be a bit more interesting than he anticipated, leading Harry and the sheep (who is not what it seems to be) across the galaxy being hunted by earthlings and aliens alike. Along the way Harry falls and love, and turns his best friend into a computer program.
A must read for sci-fi or humor fans, or anyone who wants to ponder the nature of what it means to be a human being, an alien, a human trapped inside of and seduced by a computer program, or a human-sheep hybrid born from a hooker and a politician. Great fun!
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