Book review. Roger Zelazny’s ‘Alien Speedway’

Imagine Clypsis, an entire solar system designed as the most awesome racetrack in the history of the sport.
Imagine personality-implanted robots, whose knowledge and influence can make or break a racer’s career and fusion-fueled ships that move at extraordinary speeds.
Imagine a young hero from Earth, braving the unknown to reach Clypsis, where his dream of being a faster-than-light racer can come true.
Enter the imagination of marvelous Roger Zelazny. Share the dream of Mike Murray as he makes his way from the racing pit to the cockpit of the universe’s most dangerous and exhilarating challenge. This is a story set in space where people race in ships that travel faster than light. In the core it’s really a sports story about a kid learning the ropes and living his dream.

This is not a Hollywood story where he wows people with his untrained skill, wins his first race and against all odds because he is the most riveting racer in history. Not at all, he struggles to find a job, does not win his first race and struggles to even match the apprentice… But despite this, we see he has natural talent and he has the drive to learn and keep pushing no matter how many times he is knocked down. Friends are made and obstacles are overcome and thrilling achievements are accomplished.

My only gripe is that it ended too soon, just as I was getting into…My rating is 10/10.
Look forward to reading the next one, highly recommend.

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