Angry Young Spaceman

{4.5/5} “I had decided to go for a bunch of reasons, mostly relating to my dislike of Earth. I chose the most remote planet I could figuring that it’d be the least like the self-proclaimed centre of the universe. But over the past few months, people had responded to the news with shock and wonder: ‘Really? Golly, how brave of you!’ and all that. I had made the decision alone, but it had been bolstered by people’s gratifying reaction.”

Angry Young Spaceman by Jim Munroe, published in 2000

Sam is going to be teaching English on Octavia, but he accidentally leaves his brand new expensive Speak-O-Matic in the bar at the starport. On the way there he does some training and makes some friends. At last he meets Mr. Zik, an Octavian who will help him get oriented. Luckily he speaks English, sort of. They will be living underwater — and breathing water, like all Octavians.

It’s a fascinating and amusing depiction of living for a year in another culture, when your own culture has a higher status in the universe.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

I’ve read all 4 of Munroe’s novels. I previously reviewed An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil. He’s also written movies, including Haphead.

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