Christopher Anvil Books In Order

Intersellar Patrol/Federation Of Humanity Books In Publication Order

  1. Interstellar Patrol (2003)
  2. Interstellar Patrol II (2005)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Day The Machines Stopped (1964)
  2. Pandora’s Planet (1972)
  3. Warlord’s World (1975)
  4. The Steel, the Mist, and the Blazing Sun (1980)
  5. Pandora’s Legions (2002)
  6. The Trouble with Aliens (2006)
  7. The Trouble with Humans (2007)
  8. Prescription for Chaos/Rx for Chaos (2009)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Strangers In Paradise (1969)
  2. War Games (2008)
  3. The Power of Illusion (2010)

Intersellar Patrol/Federation Of Humanity Book Covers

Standalone Novels Book Covers

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Christopher Anvil Books Overview

Interstellar Patrol

The crew of the ship were marooned on a planet with no ship repair facilities, where the well meaning schemes of social engineers had created a nightmare of battling gangs. They had their own invention with them an emotional amplifier, which could cause anyone to feel a heightened emotion, but this wasn’t useful at first. If they heightened the locals’ sense of pride, they took pride in becoming better criminals. So they pretended to be the Royal Legions, sent by a distant star kingdom in pursuit of an all powerful villain who was hiding on the planet. Things were going better than they could have hoped, and the planet was rapidly becoming civilized…
and then the real Royal flagship showed up. They thought they were doomed but instead they were told they had shown just the type of initiative and intelligence that the new arrivals were looking for. So they were inducted into the Interstellar Patrol. And that was just the beginning…
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Interstellar Patrol II

Vaughan Roberts and his two companions had been trapped on a crime ridden, chaotic planet until they bamboozled the population with a gigantic hoax which brought them to the attention of the Interstellar Patrol, who were looking for a few good con men, capable of ingenious improvisation and adept at playing dirty tricks on the bad guys. The new recruits acquitted themselves admirably, so they naturally were given more tough nuts to crack, including: Flummoxing an alien empire which has taken a number of human prisoners to gather information prior to an invasion. This has a personal aspect, since the prisoners are from the planet which Roberts tricked into reforming…
Stopping a plan by not so good Samaritans who are pretending to cure a planetary plague which they introduced to the planet with a ‘miracle’ drug which creates an addiction to the same drug, which the schemers will be glad to continue supplying for ever increasing sums…
Making sure that the rightful heir to a planet’s throne escapes from captivity and overthrows the usurper. This time there’s a complication: Roberts may be falling for the heir’s beautiful sister…
And much more, including such lethal alien wildlife as banjo birds with rapier like beaks, alien caterpillars with flaming dragonlike exhalations, and a cast of thousands of biting, stinging, bloodsucking insects from a host of colony worlds who think humans are the tastiest things they’ve ever come across.

The Trouble with Aliens

Humans on the space frontiers may have enough problems with befuddled bureaucrats, rules that don’t fit the realities of very dangerous situations, and general rear echelon incompetence without bringing in unfriendly aliens, but it’s that kind of universe. On the other hand, the aliens are anything but omnipotent and have plenty of problems of their own. Here, for the first time, the stories and short novels of the war with the Outs are collected into a novel length chronicle. The Outs had mental powers they could use to make humans see illusions and convince them to obey the Outs. Obviously, they were unbeatable until some troublesome humans found their Achilles’ heel. Another set of aliens arrive to conquer the Earth with the promise of eternal youth and healthfulness, and might have won, if some humans weren’t too plain ornery not to be suspicious. Who’s the best human envoy to deal with aliens who can read minds and learn anything their opponents know the man who knows little or nothing, of course, including why he was sent there. A private investigator quickly and brilliantly solves a baffling case then wakes up and finds it was only a dream and the case is still unsolved. And the same thing happens again every night. These and other stories of human/alien conflict fill this large volume by the master of wryly sardonic science fiction adventure.

The Trouble with Humans

Humans there’s no understanding them, and no dealing with them either. Or even with their planet. Pity the poor aliens, whose shape changing ability should let them take over the planet Earth before the humans even know they re there if it weren t for all that omnipresent pollution. Or consider another set of invaders, from a planet where the weather is always mild and the changing of the seasons is hardly noticeable. They land in force and their weapons are more powerful than those of the primitive humans but they ve never before had to deal with below zero temperatures, flash floods or tornados not to mention volcanoes. Then there were the aliens who noticed how belligerent humans were, and gave them the gift of TV like devices which would show anything anywhere on Earth, which was sure to lead to war. Imagine how surprised the aliens were when the humans took the gadgets apart, improved them, and started spying on everything the aliens were up to, all over the galaxy. Humans don t make sense, they don t fight fair, and they re making aliens throughout interstellar space think seriously about pulling up stakes and moving to another galaxy!

Prescription for Chaos/Rx for Chaos

Science and technology have made our lives easier, cured diseases, with achievements that an earlier age would have considered impossible. But once in a while, the law of unintended consequences breaks loose. Christopher Anvil considers the two faces of technological innovation: Sometimes the result is a literal life saver; but at other times a breakthrough may not break quite the way it was supposed to. A new wonder drug has the unexpected side effect of making people happy. Not a problem everybody should want to be happy, right? But should people be happy all of the time? Suppose being happy required you never to disappoint anyone, no matter what they re requesting…
. Then there was the energy source for every home that would free the country from its dependence on foreign oil except that the prototype was rushed into production a bit too fast. Back on the bright side, another device not only couldn t possibly work by every known law of science, but didn t have any obvious uses. Then alien invaders landed and suddenly the crackpot device was the world’s only hope. The upside and downside of marvelous new gadgets, as told by a master of science fiction adventure with a prescription for fun.

War Games

War is a serious business or is it? Christopher Anvil turns his sardonic sense of humor loose on the subject and considers what might happen if: Someone devised a computer war game so realistic and addictive that the people in charge of battle on both sides didn t have the time or inclination to start a real war. Another device gave every homeowner the power to block off his property from any incursion, even by nuclear weapons. A secret organization pulls the plug on an impending war by causing the commanders on both sides to be unable even to think of any of the words they need to order their forces into action. And, in a full length novel, The Steel, the Mist and the Blazing Sun, the devastation after World War III has not put an end to war not as long as men survive who still want to conquer and dominate; nor as long as others will fight, not just to survive, but to defend freedom. The many faces of war, examined by a master of science fiction adventure with a wryly humorous twist.

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