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Old Scifi story

reader36987

Hopefully somebody out there may remember this, to me a very old book, i cannot remember the title or the author(I thought Banks but apparently not)
A man is surgically changed to look like a different species and dropped on 1 of their worlds as a guerrilla to prepare for his side to invade. At the end the world is taken but his side does not believe he is theirs and is in a concentration camp until the people who sent him come to look for him to make him do it again.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater  gyounger
Ernest Bywater

@reader36987

a lot will depend on how extensive the surgery was.

reader36987

Both bipeds one race very aggressive militaristic taking over worlds into their empire, he was changed to help in the counter attack, i think I remember him not being enthusiastic of him being volunteered to do the job,if correct neither government are ones you would want to live under.

reader36987

This was on a planet that had been taken over and he was acting as a 3rd columnist and putting up posters as well as sabotage and maybe this story had posters saying come hunt a policeman.

zellus

http://www.tor.com/2016/02/23/front-lines-and-frontiers-sleeping-planet-by-william-r-burkett-jr/

reader36987

Thanks I will try to get and read as seems an interesting story, but unfortunately not the one I am interested in. I was very interested at first but my one is on one their worlds and he is the only one of his race/human on the planet until the invasion at the end which is not i think described

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@reader36987

Sometimes you can find older titles in libraries. At least it will be worth a shot.

Replies:   Dominions Son
gyounger

@reader36987

try "Wasp" by Eric Frank Russel. It may be the one but the plots are close.

Dominions Son

@docholladay

Sometimes you can find older titles in libraries. At least it will be worth a shot.


You can also check Project Gutenberg for anything that would be older than 1960. For anything US based, the original copyright would have been under the 1909 act and would have had it's initial copyright period expire and even if it was renewed, the renewal would have still been under the 1909 act so any older than 1960 would have become public domain no later than 1985.

Project Gutenberg has been converting public domain works to e-books and making them publicly available.

Project Gutenberg

Replies:   docholladay
reader36987

Thanks Wasp by Russell it is, No wonder I had kept thinking it was Wasp Factory by Ian Banks, and the great disappointment when I was wrong therefore the title was obviously wrong.

docholladay

@Dominions Son

Project Gutenberg has been converting public domain works to e-books and making them publicly available.


A good site for sure. The reason I mentioned libraries as one possible resource is its become highly over looked lately.

Replies:   reader36987
reader36987

@docholladay

Thanks, I knew of a series of stand alone stories I used to read over 35 years ago but when I went back to read again they had been withdrawn, and I could only remember the authors name started with an F. The problem will be how much time am I going to spend trying to find him, not scifi or any recognized genre as the stories were old when i read them,time frame pre ww1 and the significant lady was a red haired lass.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@reader36987

Another potential source for old books are used bookstores. I know of at least one in my area that is able to use some kind of network to search for books that are out of print. Not sure what the cost is since I never took advantage of that part of the business. Heck there are all kinds of sources both traditional and online. All of them have advantages and disadvantages. Each of them can be used when needed however.

Franco

You could use BookFinder.com. They compile information from many (nearly all) online booksellers and give prices low to high including shipping. I use it a lot. You can find it here http://www.bookfinder.com/

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Franco

Thanks for that link. Although it won't get much usage from me. The trick is to use all the resources needed at the time. Each one will have advantages and disadvantages, but work as a whole.

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