The Sheriff of Yrnameer
By Michael Rubens
(Vintage Contemporaries, Paperback, 9780307455147, 269pp.)
Publication Date: August 10, 2010
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In the spirit of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, "The Sheriff of Yrnameer" is sci-fi comedy at its best--mordant, raucously funny, and a thrilling page-turner.
Meet Cole: hapless space rogue and part-time smuggler. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out to be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans. Cole gathers a misfit crew for a desperate journey to the far reaches of the galaxy: the mysterious world of Yrnameer, the very last of the "your-name-heres"--planets without corporate sponsors. But little does Cole suspect that this legendary utopia is home to a band of outlaws bent on destroying the planet's tiny, peaceful community.