The Space Eater
Eater, at last reissued as an Ansible Editions ebook in September
2016, is David Langford's first full-length science fiction novel.
Originally published in 1982, it begins as a rip-roaring space opera
described by the Timescape Books blurb-writer as "The cosmic
adventure of the ultimate soldier on a desperate mission beyond death!"
... but somehow a vein of satire on military sf and bureaucracy inserted
itself amid the sterner stuff of matter transmitters and ultimate
doomsday weapons trumped by more ultimate ones.
The ebook contains the full preferred text of the 2004 edition (which itself differs only imperceptibly from the original) plus a brief updated afterword. Total length of ebook: approximately 90,000 words.
Click the top button below for a fuller description of The Space Eater's various print editions at the Langford site. The next button down takes you to a tasty selection of review quotations.
Ansible Editions, September 2016
Cover artwork: David A. Hardy at www.astroart.org.