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The galaxy is run on Eeb-built technology, which is a great and glorious thing--if you aren't an Eeb. Legally labeled as "less than sentient," they have no hope for liberation except for by the hands and face tentacles of Interplanet Amity, a galactic watchdog group who are about to make their biggest mistake yet--asking for help from the human race....

Title : Spacetrawler: The Human Seat
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ISBN : 9780976548379
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Spacetrawler: The Human Seat Reviews

  • Mike
    2019-03-15 05:41

    This trade contains the first 107 strips of the webcomic Spacetrawler. *Note: I am reviewing the collected comics, not the print version of them.*Starship captain and galactic activist Nogg is left without a crew to help him liberate the meek yet technologically gifted Eebs from their galaxy-wide enslavement. His less-than-brilliant solution: get humans involved.One of Baldwin's other comics, Little Dee, is an all-time favorite of mine. So I was interested to see what he could do in an extremely different genre and format. To be honest my initial impression wasn't great. The early, "scene setting" strips didn't click well for me and I had a hard time getting into the comic. Thankfully I continued on the advice of someone who'd read farther, as somewhere in the 20's Spacetrawler picks up and never looks back.The crew is a diverse, well defined collection of nut cases and the dry (and often morbid) humor really works once the comic gets going. The core plot is a solid framework to move things along and Baldwin has a nice touch when it comes to surprises and twists. The balance of the character's personalities, both individually and as a group, is phenomenal. No one feels redundant or like a cipher, and while all too weird and idiosyncratic to be truly likable it's easy to become fond of most of them despite themselves.After an uneven start Spacetrawler becomes a fun, humorous adventure well worth traveling along with. I haven't read anything quite like it, including Baldwin's other comics. Recommended.

  • Matt
    2019-02-28 06:52

    Re-reading and falling in love all over again.

  • Meran
    2019-03-11 13:02

    Excellent storyline, fun events, SF at its most fun! All that and a webcomic too.Highly recommended.

  • Skjam!
    2019-03-08 10:11

    The Eebs, small green aliens with strange telekinetic powers, have been declared “less than sentient” and enslaved by the Galactic Organizational Body. A civil rights group named Interplanet Amity, wants to free the Eebs. Their best hope is to seek help from a planet that’s almost ready to join the GOB, but hasn’t yet become dependent on Eeb-based technology. A small blue planet called Earth. But is this their best hope or a horrible mistake?This webcomic begins with a brief action prologue, then starts the framing device with a lonely old man in South America. A fish-like alien, Nogg, lands in his yard, and after some false starts, informs the man that his daughter, Martina Zorilla, is dead. Mr. Zorilla had suspected this, since her disappearance years before. He insists on hearing the whole story, and the rest of the strip is that tale.Naive Nogg and his IA colleagues, the sarcastic Krep and amiable but dim-witted Gurf, begin their plan by abducting six humans from around the world, each chosen for their special skills and qualities. Martina Zorilla of South America, Pierrot Abdullahi of Gabon, Emily Taylor of Southwestern United States, Dmitri Sokolov of Russia, Yuri Nakagawa of Japan and Bill Landing of Australia. Er, scratch that last one, as Nogg accidentally snags Bill’s paranoid and perpetually wrong-headed twin brother Dustin instead.This is only the first glitch in the plan, as the Earthlings are less than enthusiastic about being abducted, and dubious about the effects of Earth joining the GOB to overthrow its economic basis. And even after they mostly get on board, it turns out there are a lot of things the protagonists don’t know about the GOB, the Eebs and even humanity itself that throw spanners into the works.This science fiction webcomic is comedic, but with a melancholic overtone, as we already know that at least one of the main characters won’t make it out alive. The characters are diverse, and mostly likable (Dusty being more the Dr. Smith “guy you love to hate” type) and there’s some good character development. Martina goes from being a bored young woman dreaming of adventure to a capable leader, for example. Be forewarned however that not all developed characters become better people. There is a bit of national stereotyping, the American is extremely violent, and the Japanese character is a technophile.There is quite a bit of violence, and sexual situations, call it PG-13.This first volume covers the first third or so of the plot, up to the point where the original IA plan completely falls apart. The complete webcomic can be read for free at http://spacetrawler.com/ but the collected volumes come with illustrated introductions, bonus strips, and they put money directly into the artist’s pocket, which frees him up to make more webcomics. Mr. Baldwin is now producing One Way, a webcomic about a crew of expendable misfits sent to make first contact with aliens, and their discovery that this trip is truly…one way.I recommend Spacetrawler to science fiction fans who enjoy comedy.For more science fiction reviews see http://www.skjam.com/tag/science-fict...

  • The other John
    2019-03-20 11:59

    Spacetrawler tells the tale of six humans who have been kidnapped by aliens. You see, the galaxy is run by the Galactic Organizational Body. Earth has a seat on this congress, but it is unclaimed as we humans are not yet a space faring race. In fact, the entire solar system has been declared off-limits by the G.O.B. because we lack the advanced technology to join them. The G.O.B., on the other hand has loads of advanced technology--almost all of it created by a race called the Eebs. You'd think that would make the Eebs the masters of the galaxy. Wrong. Legally, Eebs are classified as "less than sentient" and thus are slaves to the rest of the galaxy. Most beings are cool with that, but you have a few with a higher morality. Some of them have banded together as Interplanet Amity and are fighting for species equality and justice. They're not doing too well. That's why they kidnapped the humans. Amity hopes that the humans can adopt the role of Earth's representatives, claim the planet's seat on the G.O.B. and lobby to get the Eebs declared as sentient.In The Human Seat, things don't go as planned.Why do I love the book? Probably because it's like the Marx Brothers in space. Well, maybe not quite that crazy. The story does go along peppered with jokes and hijinks. But there's also a dark edge to the series that cuts the laughter short from time to time. Even so, I want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

  • John Fletcher
    2019-03-03 09:42

    Spacetrawler is one of the most creative and funniest webcomics out there. I am so glad I found this and was even more excited to see that it was published in print form.The premise is that a group of humans were abducted by an alien crew to help them liberate a group of oppressed aliens called the eebs. The human characters are their actions and reactions to the totally alien world is what fuels this story and is also the source of most of the humor in the book. But there are very touching moments in the story as well. Just as Star Trek created a world where humans are shown to be able to stand on their own and hold their own against other alien races out there in the universe, so too can the humans in the Spacetrawler world. Not only are they able to hold their own, they are in fact quit formidable and can be just as deadly as any other race in the universe.I love this story and Christopher Baldwin's art and comedic timing is spot on!

  • Anna
    2019-03-16 07:46

    I've been meaning to read this book. It's been shoved into boxes along with at least four other books by the same author since I've moved quite a bit over the past year or so. It was great! The artwork was great and the story reads quickly. There are important parts for both genders. It claims in the introduction to be similar to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which it wasn't. That is a compliment because I didn't particularly enjoy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- I found it to be fairly pointless.So close to being appropriate for children. It's not over-the-top, but there are a few sex and drinking references. I actually knew this as I began reading, per conversation with the author (at CONvergence).There is one moment where a woman is "manning" a station or some such thing, when she could have just staffed it. I'm particular about gendered language. That is my only complaint, though.

  • Eli
    2019-02-26 06:07

    This book won't change the world, or your life. It won't make you a better person or shift your perspective on life as you know it. Some of the jokes are a little clunky, and there's an unthinking homophobia at play that I don't think Baldwin is even conscious of ("pansy" being the insult of choice among the humans and one of the characters gleefully boinking literally any alien that has 50% or higher sexual compatibility--but only if they're female).All that said, though, there's something endearing about the enthusiasm of Spacetrawler. It's a charming story about how awful humans are, a brightly drawn tale of savagery and bad decisions. Don't go in expecting the world, and this book will happily give you the universe.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-11 07:42

    No reviews of this yet--why not? It is excellent space comedy, with engaging characters (human, alien, and robotic) and wild action. The alien ship captain/free-the-Eebs activist who kidnapped six humans comes back to Earth to tell the father of one of them about his daughter's life and death working to free the Eebs, as he promised her he would if she died. We don't get (yet?) to see how (if??) she died; he is describing all of her adventures and those of the whole crew. It is all hilarious. I loved Christopher Baldwin's Bruno comics. This is totally different--I only realized far into it that he was the same writer--and every bit as good. That is, if you like funny science fiction, which is a favorite of mine. I read this online.

  • Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
    2019-03-18 08:02

    Decent webcomic. Compelling story and active-if unoriginal-characters. Art is entirely functional and the humor all but breaks even. However, the first arc feels like a lead-in into the second, and as such does not offer a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Justin
    2019-03-27 13:09

    http://librarianaut.com/2011/05/20/bo...

  • Shawn Edrei
    2019-03-24 06:54

    A phenomenal SF epic - great character work, solid plotting, and a very interesting universe on display. Highly recommended!

  • Hillary
    2019-03-09 07:58

    Moderately hilarious story of an intergalactic civil rights movement led by the inept and the insane.

  • Ally
    2019-03-07 10:45

    Auuuuuuugh. I wrote a huge review of this, only to have the posting fail and for it to disappear. Ugh. I swear I'll retype it one day