this is the 179th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
“The battleship was eight hundred feet in diameter and slightly more than one mile long. Mass like that takes up room and makes a dent. This one sprawled across one field and halfway through the next. It’s weight made a rut twenty feet deep that would be there for keeps.
On board were two thousand people divided into three distinct types. The tall lean crinkly-eyed ones were the crew. The crop-haired, heavy-jowled ones were the troops. Finally the expressionless, balding and myopic ones were the cargo of bureaucrats.”
– “And Then There Were None”
I liked the stories by Eric Frank Russell that I read in Astounding Science Fiction years ago and revisiting them and others here did not disappoint. A very entertaining collection of stories featuring Russell’s particular theme of “man beating the odds by manipulating circumstances”, for want of a better name. He has a great sense of humor and though, if you read one story after another, you’ll find some of the plotting is repetitive, it’s not really much of a problem. This is good SF entertainment, and I enjoyed every page.