|Greatest Show Off Earth, the (1994) [Novel]|
by Robert Rankin
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Raymond's had a rough couple of days.
Snatched from his allotment by a flying starfish from Uranus and sold as a delicacy in a Venusian food market, it seems like his luck has changed when he is rescued by the travelling circus.
But then this isn't an ordinary circus; this is the circus of Professor Merlin, which drifts between the planets in a Victorian steamship. A circus whose artistes perform the feats that simply can't be done. And the professor has a little job for Raymond. Release the two hundred people held captive on Saturn and save Planet Earth from extinction by Friday.
Raymond's best friend Simon has been having a rough time too. Hunted by the men in grey, Simon is falsely accused of being a serial killer and is thrown into the clutches of the sinister B.E.A.S.T. (an End Times cult that worships the demonic half-man half-chicken, Sate-Hen). Even with the book from the future and those villagers with the flaming torches to help them out, getting things sorted out by Friday could be cutting it fine...
Original title: The Greatest Show Off Earth
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Humorous, Parody and Comedy