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Galactic Medal of Honor por Mack Reynolds
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Galactic Medal of Honor (edição 1976)

por Mack Reynolds (Autor)

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The Galactic Medal of Honor was the most important, the most coveted award of all time. It was given only to a handful of the bravest and most self-sacrificing of those defending Earth from the mysterious alien invaders that had appeared fifty years before. It was almost always given posthumously. The bearer of this medal became the idol of all mankind, would never want for any necessity or luxury -- would never want for anything. Everyone on Earth sought that medal... One man was going to cheat to win it -- and live to regret it.… (mais)
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Título:Galactic Medal of Honor
Autores:Mack Reynolds (Autor)
Informação:Ace Books (1976)
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Avaliação:***1/2
Etiquetas:Science fiction

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I have never been a big fan of Mack Reynolds SF but this one was worth the read. Most of his work is three stars at best. This was a good story and keep me interested. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 10, 2021 |
Reynolds, Mack. Galactic Medal of Honor. Ace, 1976.
It helps to put this novel in context. Mack Reynolds, one of the few card-carrying leftists in Vietnam-era science fiction, was a prolific writer who never made a lot, I imagine, from any novel or short story. Certainly, Ace was the low-rent district in publishing at the time. He made his living by writing quickly and a lot. But he had things to say. Written just after the end of the Vietnam war, Galactic Medal of Honor is nothing like the work of Robert Heinlein or David Weber. Its antihero is a burned-out, alcoholic veteran of a meaningless war. He spends time figuring ways to end his lonely, one-man scouting missions early. The last thing he wants to do is fire a shot at an alien spacecraft. When he is given a chance to get out of the military by way of a medal he doesn’t deserve, he takes it. But that is not the end of the story, as he is driven to find out the truth behind the war. ( )
  Tom-e | Apr 21, 2020 |
An expanded version of the original novella; unfortunately, the padding added nothing to the original story. A barely-competent military pilot fakes an encounter to avoid being cashiered, only to find the story (and his life) spinning out of control. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Jan 17, 2014 |
I'll admit I was young when I read this, but I came away with the moral lesson that faking your way through life is not any easier than facing the truth. The protaganist of this story finds a derelict enemy vessel from a single battle between Earth and some aliens that have never returned. Nonetheless, Earth has remained on a war footing and anyone who can prove that they beat an alien ship will become a Galactic Hero and be given what ever they want. Thus the main character decides to pretend that he damaged the ship in a battle and become a hero. In the end he makes the decision to tell the truth and maybe even get Earth to rethink its own history of the battle. ( )
  Gkarlives | Jul 12, 2011 |
The entire premise of this story is a bit thin—Earth has decreed that anyone who is awarded the Galactic Medal of Honor can, by definition, do no wrong. So, of course, someone becomes a recipient and proceeds to do a bunch of things that would...if done by anyone else...be wrong.

Moral lessons get learned, some bad guys get foiled. It wasn't enough to provide good support for an entire novel, though I wasn't tempted to put it down.

Basicallly, not Reynolds' best work and typical 1970s science fiction. ( )
  TadAD | Feb 24, 2010 |
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The Galactic Medal of Honor was the most important, the most coveted award of all time. It was given only to a handful of the bravest and most self-sacrificing of those defending Earth from the mysterious alien invaders that had appeared fifty years before. It was almost always given posthumously. The bearer of this medal became the idol of all mankind, would never want for any necessity or luxury -- would never want for anything. Everyone on Earth sought that medal... One man was going to cheat to win it -- and live to regret it.

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