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Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping planets dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentencInterstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping planets dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products. To escape, Rex and Sasha team up with a mis-programmed combat drone and an intelligent mutant plant to lead a rebellion against their merciless corporate overlords. This edition of Out of the Soylent Planet also contains the story The Chicolini Incident....

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out of the soylent planet a rex nihilo adventure Reviews

  • Jason
    2019-03-19 08:33

    5 StarsOut of the Soylent Planet (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) by Robert Kroese is a laugh out loud science fiction romp by a favorite author of mine. This is a fabulous summer read. Robert Kroese is one cool cat that writes about things that really interest me. I love his Mercury series, which is a dark comedy, satire, and it is filled with angels and demons. It is hilarious at times, loaded with light hearted witty dialogue, and is really a fun series to read. Kroese dabbles in science fiction as well and those stories are just as good as the ones about Mercury. This is a prequel to the first book of the series Starship Grifters.I loved this book. It is filled with so many jokes, one-liners, puns, and witty humor. Top that off by making this a fun space adventure, an intelligent robot sidekick, walking and talking horny trees, and of course the dubious hero himself Rex Nihilo.Great stuff.I devoured this book along with the other novella length prequel and will immediately go on to book one. Robert Kroese is an author not to be missed.Loved it!

  • Mary Catelli
    2019-03-25 05:01

    The further adventures of Rex Nihilo and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha -- or rather, the earlier ones.This opens with Rex's blundering into buying her in a lot of mechanical items sold together, and her subsequent entanglement in his effort to get out of trouble with the local crime lord. It ends up with them on the title planet, where food-smuggling is big business as the corporation ruling the planet tries to get everyone on their SLOP. It involves a past con by Rex, selling 399 defective robots to that company; the demo mode of robots; strawberries; a casino and slave labor; and more. A fair chunk of satiric bits, of various SF works, though not so much the plot.

  • Viktor
    2019-03-04 01:46

    Another terrific romp by Kroese. While it's a "prequel", it's told by the robot Sasha looking back to the time when she first met Rex Nihilo, "the greatest wheeler dealer in the Galaxy". I wish more had been made of that framing, but no matter, as there is much here to admire. Lots of references to other works -- some with a wink, some with a nudge, some with a hammer upside the head (see title). Lots of silly names and coincidences. There's a clever visual joke that I caught (yes, a visual joke in a book, and I'd hate to point out) and one huge groaner of a joke that I had to admire the author for his willingness to do it. "You'll know it when you get there." That's my motto. Make a note of it.The whole damned thing is a blast.

  • Jane Lebak
    2019-03-05 02:40

    This is a fun book, and I love the narrator far more than the character for whom the series is named. The voice mixes humor, irony, and a little wordly-wisdom for a rather cynical but also fun look at the world.For Rex Nihilo, think of a less competent Han Solo who relies on luck to get him out of the problems he gets himself into. Sasha is a near-sentient robot who shuts down whenever she has an independent thought. The plot meanders a bit, but once you get into the groove of "what happens next?" it's a fun ride. I've started reading the next book already.

  • James
    2019-03-13 04:47

    Another hit for Kroese. I know I've enjoyed a book when I slow down my reading pace on purpose so I don't finish too soon. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Brent
    2019-03-24 06:49

    If one were to judge the quality of an author by the time elapsed between picking up a book and the first out loud chuckle... then Robert Kroese is one of the best authors of all time.The puns... the references... the gags... they are all shameless. However the Rex Nihilo books are so much more than that. Kroese starts with a pun, then crafts an adventure that stands in its own right. He is smart... in addition to being a smart alack. Highly recommended!

  • Angie Boyter
    2019-03-12 04:33

    Laughs, adventures…and creamed cornSasha, the narrator of Out of the Soylent Planet, is a Self-Arresting near-Sentient Heuristic Android . As she admits, she “was no good in a fight, couldn’t tell a lie to save my life, and shut down whenever I had a good idea” (This last feature was required by GASP, the Galactic Artificial Sentience Prohibition of 2998, designed to ensure that AIs did not show up their human creators.). Nonetheless, Sasha and her owner, Rex Nihilo, manage to get out of a tremendous number of VERY bad situations. When the book opens, Rex is trying to sell some illegal explosives and get out of his debt to the interplanetary crime boss Bergoon the Grebatt, but he and Sasha find themselves shipped off to the planet Jorfu, where they immediately get into in hot water again for illegally importing cans of creamed corn. They have help in their adventures from a sentient version of the SHAMBLER (Self-Harvesting Ambulatory Legume Resource) plants that are the basis for the food eaten on Jorfu and from Bill, a mis-programmed security-enforcing robot that falls in love with Sasha.Out of the Soylent Planet is clever, funny, sometimes downright silly lighthearted entertainment. One of the bonus features I especially enjoy in Kroese’s writing, though, is the occasional glimpse of his obvious fascination with learning, especially philosophy. Rex and Sasha attempt one of their many escapes in a battered spaceship named Reductio ad Absurdum, for example, and discover how appropriate is its name. And Sasha has “a full-blown soliloquy on free will and determinism”, which might not be a good idea, since she was facing down an army of killer robots at the time. She later engages in a discussion of what distinguishes a lovable rogue (Rex) from a villain.This book is a prequel to Starship Grifters, so even though it takes place before that book, the question is whether you can read it first. The answer is Yes; the only thing you might miss is a very bad pun towards the end of the book, and I have already told you enough that you probably will not miss that.Given Rex’s total amorality and propensity to get into BIG trouble as a result coupled with Sasha’s fervent determination to keep him alive, readers can look forward to hearing about more of their adventures in the future. Nihilo nisi bonum (That pun is bad enough for Kroese!).The author sent me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review; this is it!

  • Joshua Hair
    2019-03-20 03:53

    As always, Mister Kroese does not disappoint with this newest Starship Grifters book. If you're reading this then you're most likely already a fan and know just what to expect going in. If not, get ready for a hilarious and wonderful adventure featuring the greatest wheeler-dealer in the galaxy, Rex Nihilo! Oh, yeah, and his robot. I think her name is Sandra or something.This is actually a precursor to the other Starship books, so it works for fans and new readers alike. Those who haven't read A Rex novel should know that the humor is ridiculous at times and surprisingly witty at others. Mister Kroese always packs his books with ample amounts of action, lots of little puzzles and quandaries to be solved, and some very memorable characters. Give it a try; you probably won't regret it. Probably. If you do, don't expect anything different from his other Rex books. Realistically though, who could possibly read the tales of Rex himself and not leave in awe? Just pick up a copy and give it a go, will ya? Well? Go!

  • T Sunclades
    2019-03-15 05:37

    Another wonderful sideways adventure with Rex, Sasha and those that attempt to thwart Rex's latest poorly thought out schemes.Here we find out how Sasha became attached to Rex, accidentally. Rex swindles a few people, gets Sasha as a throw in, runs from the mob, is caught by the mob, forced into employ with the mob. Gets sent to a desolate planet ran by Ubicorp, where food is contraband. Ubicorp is using the planet as a test market. They have generated a near sentient plant that produces a fully nutritious, foul tasting fruit that is mashed into a nearly inedible goop called SLOP. It's not food, it's SLOP!There are near escapes, slave labor, attempted uprisings, dance routines and a plethora of A Streetcar Named Desire. What else could you expect from the mind of Robert Kroese? His irreverent style of writing and light philosophy that drew me to his writing when I found Mercury Falls a few years ago. He is fun and insane, his works are always a great time, and this one is no exception.

  • Robert Defrank
    2019-03-05 02:51

    With his loyal robot sidekick and chronicler Sasha at his side, Rex commences on another set of misadventures in the vein of a Star Wars satire in Out of the Soylent Planet, a prequel to Starship Grifters, the reader is treated to the formation of this team.Thrown together by the visissitudes of space, along with the inevitable backfiring of Rex's own shady deals, soon Rex and Sasha are on the run from galactic gangsters and find themselves trapped on a corporate controlled planet, where the owners maintain control through a strict food monopoly, and don't ask what - or who - is the secret ingredient.It would be a spoiler to say more, beyond the obvious: Rex is determined to scheme their way to freedom, and turn a profit in the process, and while he might make progress, his overweening greed will always result in him digging himself and hapless Sasha deeper.This and Starship Grifters is an excellent entry point into the insane adventures of the galaxy's greatest wheeler-dealer. Not to be missed!

  • Trisha Perry
    2019-02-23 07:00

    This is a story of a futuristic con man (Rex) and a robot assistant (Sasha) that is stuck with Rex since Rex was conned into buying Sasha, so Sasha tries her best to help Rex the best she can. But after being sent to the planet Jorfu to atone (or die) for some errant con and money owed to one king pin. Rex and Sasha find themselves on the run for their lives and the only thing that will save them is the take over of the company Ubiqorp.This is one action packed, suspenseful, funny, book, and when in their two other friends than it will really get you laughing. These two find friends in odd places but get caught by Ubiqorp in the most predictable places. It can be a comedy of errors and with Sasha's shutting down and rebooting at the wrong time issue it can just be a fun book, but the question still remains is soylent people?

  • Christian Fagerland
    2019-03-22 09:34

    So great! This book series is a really great read. I enjoyed the first and the third (this) book the best.Maybe even the third (this) one a tiny bit better than the first one. Well, it's a prequel, so in a sense, it's the first one.Guess one cannot have a space story without the confusion of book number versus timeline.The story is always full of funny moments. The luck Rex has, is of course way to hard to belive, but since it's a humorous story, I'll accept it without question.The imagination needed to write this book, particularly the main part... Let's just say I will never pick an apple from a tree without blushing a bit of embarrassment anymore.Read it, you know you want to, I mean, you already read the first two, didn't you?

  • Francis S. Poesy
    2019-03-26 07:54

    Kroese doesn't make fun of Sci-Fi. He makes Sci-Fi fun!Rex Nihilo seems a bit smarter in this book (the prequel to all the others) but maybe that's because he has yet to drink all those vodka martinis he is famous for consuming while wheeling and dealing across the galaxy. Honestly, I gave up on Sci-Fi books long ago but Rob Kroese pulled me back in with this series and Out of the Soylent Planet does not disappoint. Rex Nihilo makes Sci-Fi fun again while also reminding me of what I liked about sci-fi back in the day. As in the other Rex Nihilo novels, just when you think Rex can't make a worse decision, he does. And just when you think all is lost...well you'll have to read the book to see if he gets out of this one. Okay, yes, you have a point, maybe you don't have to read it to see if he gets out of all the trouble he gets himself into, since its a prequel and we already know he got out of it or else the other books wouldn't exist. But still, you need to read it to find out how he gets out of trouble. Which as with most Rex Nihilo stories, is almost as good as how he gets into trouble.

  • Ian
    2019-02-27 01:59

    The Best Rex Nee Hih Lo (note not Nillyhoo :-) book by far.All are silly amusing reads, but this is the best one so far. Yes I noticed it doesn't tie in quite with the Chicolini incident. Amusingly, so does the author at the end.So The prequel you didn't know you'd bee waiting for for Sasha and Rex. Better written that Chicolini, better plot, more laughs. What more could you want. If you like Starship Grifters (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) and Aye, Robot (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) (Starship Grifters Book 2) You'll like this. Only more.I'd like to see some more characters coming in and perhaps staying, but it's a good story well written!

  • David
    2019-02-27 09:00

    The origin story of interstellar grifter Rex Nihilo and his robot sidekick Sasha. Rex is running a series of scams on a planet when he meets Sasha, they get in big trouble and travel to a planet producing a disgusting food product.I love the Rex and Sasha series of comic sci-fi novels, cleverly written, good stories and I get tears in my eyes laughing so much. Hope there are many more to come.

  • Justin
    2019-03-04 02:40

    Entertaining and funnyI had a good laugh reading this book. Some of the one liners, and Sasha's attitude are really funny, not to mention the orgasmic plant creatures. Check it out.

  • Jefé Martens-Koop
    2019-02-25 02:33

    very funny. silly and absurd.

  • Rhonda Havig
    2019-03-15 06:58

    This book had me hooked very quickly with the narration from a robot, Sasha, who shuts down at inopportune times and fancies herself as quite the thespian. Sasha is well-spoken, honest, and hard-working, a perfect sidekick for the self-centered, ill-planning Rex Nihilo. This book was a fun story about the beginning of their relationship. It was hilarious and I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading it.I received a free copy in exchange for a review and I enjoyed it so much, I have already purchased a copy of Starship Grifters. I don't feel I missed out on anything having read the prequel first. I'm a fan of Kroese's Mercury and Dis series and am looking forward to reading more of the Rex Nihilo adventures.

  • Onionboy
    2019-03-21 09:03

    This book has the disadvantage of being a sequel to one of the funniest books I have ever read. Those are big shoes to fill. Like most younger brothers living in the shadows of a giant, it doesn’t surpass the original, and if it could get out of those shadows, would be excellent by most standards. But in the situation it is stuck in, it doesn’t merit more than “really good.”The Star Wars reference go right up to the line of being a rip off of the original, but safely settle on the good side of that line and come off as a loving homage instead. Nicely done.Anyway, I recommend starting with Starship Grifters. When (not if) you enjoy that and find yourself wanting more, this fits the bill nicely. If I could, I’d give it a 4.8/5.0