George V. Reilly

Review: Pyramid Scheme

Pyramid Scheme
Title: Pyramid Scheme
Author: Dave Freer, Eric Flint
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Baen
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 418
Keywords: SF, humor
Reading period: 27-29 June, 2007

Pyramid Scheme is another humorous science fiction novel from the authors of Rats, Bats, and Vats and The Rats, The Bats, & The Ugly.

An alien probe, in the shape of a pyramid, lands in Chicago and starts growing rapidly. It captures some of the people in the vicinity and sends them into an alternate universe, where most of them die within hours. A handful survive and start to thrive. The new universe contains the Greek and Egyptian gods and characters from Greek mythology, including the ever-un­trust­wor­thy Odysseus.

The plot is too silly to explain further, but it’s an enjoyable romp, as the core characters triumph over the odds.

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