The Sheriff of Yrnameer (Hardcover)

By Michael Rubens

Pantheon, 9780307378477, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/23/2009)
Paperback (8/10/2010)

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Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. 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 of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

Reluctantly compelled to deliver these defenseless, fluidless children to safety, Cole gathers a misfit crew for a desperate journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. Their destination: the mysterious world of Yrnameer, the very last of the your-name-heres—planets without corporate sponsors. But little does Cole know that this legendary utopia is home to a murderous band of outlaws bent on destroying the planet's tiny, peaceful community.

Follow Cole's adventures through a delightfully absurd science-fiction universe, where the artificial intelligence is stupid, dust motes carry branding messages, and middle-management zombies have overrun a corporate training satellite. 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.

About the Author

MICHAEL RUBENS is a television writer and producer whose credits include Oxygen, the Travel Channel, CNN, and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, " where he was a field producer. This is his first novel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For The Sheriff of Yrnameer

“A science fiction book your grandmother will love – if she’s a lustful, violent lady.”
–Stephen Colbert

“A rocket-fast, knee-slapping narrative. . . . Lighthearted [and] adventure-filled. . . . Cole’s ludicrous exploits keep the laughs coming.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rubens hits the jackpot with a zanily humorous parody of sf adventure, with tributes to space-opera and Western classics along the way. . . . Recalling the volatile and irreverent humor of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, this madcap journey through space will appeal to Pratchett's readers and fans of such sf film parodies as Galaxy Quest and Space Balls.”
Library Journal

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