Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett
(Johnny Maxwell Trilogy)

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The alien spaceship is in his sights. His finger is on the Fire button. Johnny Maxwell is about to set the new high score on the computer game Only You Can Save Mankind.

Suddenly:
We wish to talk.

Huh?
We surrender.

The aliens aren't supposed to surrender -- they're supposed to die! Now what is Johnny going to do with a fleet of alien prisoners who know their rights under the international rules of war and are demanding safe-conduct? It's hard enough trying to save Mankind from the Galactic Hordes. It's even harder trying to save the Galactic Hordes from Mankind.

But it's just a game, isn't it? Isn't it?

Master storyteller Terry Pratchett leaves readers breathless -- with laughter, and with suspense -- in a reality-bending tale of virtual heroism.

 

About Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. Pratchett lives in England.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins. 242 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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An author’s note explains that this volume, the first in the “Johnny Maxwell” trilogy, was written during the first Gulf War, though this is its first publication in the U.S. Johnny Maxwell is like many boys, spending his time after school busily blowing up alien ScreeWee fighters in his new comp...

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Released in Britain in 1992, just after the first Gulf War, the launch title in Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell trilogy reaches American shores in the midst of current conflicts in the Middle East.

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But one afternoon while Johnny is playing the game Only You Can Save Mankind, the alien ScreeWee fleet from within the game surrenders to him, an action that is outside the game's parameters.

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I had a copy of Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett on my shelf a long time and kept puttin...

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(And I kinda wish “Only You Can Save Mankind” was a real game.) This novel reminded me how great Pratchett is at creating distinct and vivid characters in a very efficient way.

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His parents might be splitting up, there’s a war on, and most importantly he’s trying to beat a game called “Only You Can Save Mankind.” But when he’s about to blast the alien spaceship, the aliens surrender to him.

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The Bookbag

The question Pratchett poses is whether a young boy, going through what his mother and father call "trying times", should have to cope with saving the universe.

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Common Sense Media

The TV war seems like a video game, while the game is becoming increasingly real.

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Making no apology with his in your face claim that we are all humans whether we live in America, Darfur, Iraq, North Korea or ScreeWee, Terry Pratchett argues we need to live together in peace and harmony instead of sending our young (that is someone else's children) to fight when we ou...

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Come in quick, let a missile target itself -- beep beep beep beebeebeebeeb -- on the first fighter, fire the missile -- thwump -- empty the guns at the fighter -- fplat fplat fplat fplat -- hit fighter No.

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Johnny mostly fends for himself and watches tons of television, especially news coverage of the war in progress in the Middle East.

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The TV war seems like a video game, while the game is becoming increasingly real.

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