Harry Watt Bounty Hunter: 2150 AD
And Harry’s Life Just Got More Complicated
by Rob Guy (2015)
For Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter, simply doing what he’s told was never an option. When the best hydrologist on Earth goes AWOL after first helping himself to some company funds, Judge Headlock, Harry’s employer and nemesis, instructs him to bring back the runaway to face justice.
A trip to Mars onboard one of the new ships with the StrateLine Drive sounds like fun, but Harry soon discovers something stinks about this job, and it’s not one of his socks. He realizes he must first travel to Venus Station, but it’s not easy to be in two places at once. And getting framed for murder doesn’t help matters.
The premise is interesting, but I got 30% of the way through. It’s supposed to be science fiction humour. First, there is bugger all SCIENCE in the story. Just setting something in outer space does NOT make it science fiction. The defining characteristic of science fiction is that it is literature about IDEAS. There ain’t any here, it would be better characterised as crime fiction.
Then there is the “humour”. Most of the first part of the book involves Harry trying to bed a busty fellow traveler. Having failed, he’s off the the local whore house (!)
If this is humour then it’s a very laboured ‘Three’s Company’ type. And worse, it just got in the way of advancing the plot.