Murder in the Gunroom by H. Beam Piper (1953)

As an American who didn’t grow up with guns in the house most of my exposure to guns has been through stories. Movies, television shows, books and articles portray guns as dangerous weapons. The obvious leap in logic suggests that gun owners must also be dangerous people. This is clearly a fallacy but a hard one to overcome nonetheless. Modern media is filled with stories of gun accidents and shootings which naturally force the reader to question: what is at fault? Handguns and automatics used in wars and combat can easily be blamed for these deaths and injuries but blaming all collectors of dangerous things is foolish and leaves little room for nuance. This book gives a good look inside the minds of multiple gun collectors and enthusiasts as a backdrop to a compelling murder mystery. If I were the NRA, I would recommend this book to help people comprehend some motivations for gun ownership.

Lane Flemming’s accidental death was always suspicious. The idea that this old gun collector would accidentally shoot himself was silly at best. A samurai doesn’t accidentally wound himself with his sword because he is trained in the safe handling of the weapon. The same is true for the gun owner. Private detective and amateur gun collector Colonel Jefferson Davis Rand is hired to appraise Flemming’s gun collection and sell it to the highest bidder. As Jeff attempts to catalog the weapons, he gets dragged into the mystery. How did Lane Flemming really die and where are the missing guns from his collection? Put on your bulletproof vest and read Murder in the Gunroom.

 

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Space Prison by Tom Godwin(1958)

The last hope of human civilization a new life on Athena had disappeared. Even though they’d taken every precaution a Gern cruiser had still somehow found our ship flying halfway between Earth and our new home on Athena. We had no choice but to surrender. Gern blasters cut through our control room killing most of the officers and our hopes of escape. Our leader surrendered hoping to spare the lives of the crew. Instead the Gerns enslaved the strongest of us and left the rest of us to fend for ourselves on the inhospitable planet of Ragnarok. This is the story of man against the elements and the triumph of human ingenuity in difficult circumstances.

Space Prison was a splendid fast paced read that always kept me guessing. Tom Godwin did a great job of creating a vivid portrayal of living on the harsh world that is Ragnarok. So grab a Gern blaster and fight for life on this Space Prison.

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Security by Poul Anderson(1953)

A novel, short novel that takes a thought provoking stance on world peace and universal governance. You follow a high ranking physicist who works for and is closely monitored by the government. I wish I could say more but I don’t have the security clearance. To gain access please read manual entitled¬†Security.

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The World That Couldn’t Be by Clifford D. Simak(1958)

Gavin Duncan doesn’t care why this planet works. As a farmer his cares circle mainly around his crops, food and money. So when a pest rolls through his farm in the early morning hours and destroys a row of crops, he decides to hunt it. All the locals are against this course of action. The Cytha didn’t mean to do any harm, they say. Just ignore it for now. But Gavin is stuck in his ways. Pests that eat your crops or damage your fields must be hunted and killed. His journey illuminates the true nature of the planet Layard and the creatures that call it home. Grab a jacket and a plane ticket to The World That Couldn’t Be.

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