Only You Can Save Mankind

Only You Can Save Mankind

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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060541866
9780060541859
0060541857
0060541865
Branch Call Number: j F PRATCHET
Characteristics: xi, 207 pages ; 24 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Oct 22, 2013

"It's 1991, during the Gulf War, and Johnny Maxwell is caught up in war games of his own. One day, while he's playing an aliens-versus-humans game on his computer, the alien ScreeWee fleet surrenders to him and asks for safe conduct back to their world. Though it's not usually part of the game, Johnny plays along… and soon, the aliens disappear from every copy of the game. Does that mean that the ScreeWee are real - and that they really die when players shoot at them? If you like science fiction that's as thought-provoking as it is funny, you'll love the gamer in-jokes and razor-sharp wit in Only You Can Save Mankind." Kids' Books October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=692609

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christikc
Jan 07, 2011

Book 1 of the Johnny Maxwell series.

Johnny gets a message of surrender from the aliens in the pirated computer game he is playing, is he going crazy being tricked by his friends or is he really the only one who can save a race of aliens?

BibNBTest Nov 18, 2010

What if the enemy in your video game asked you why you were shooting at it?

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