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HARRISON, John.- The Centauri Device
Article published on 27 November 2010
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Cover: Peter Jones. Panther, 1975. 205 p. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0-586-04207-5; ISBN-13: 978-0-586-04207-6

"Unusually, an explicitly anarchist space opera. Captain John Truck is the only human with the Centauran genes capable of arming and triggering the ultimate weapon, the Centauri device. Pursued by the powers that be, he finally explodes the device, concluding that none of them should have it. Anarchists play central roles – two chapters are devoted to Swinburne Sinclair-Peter, the Interstellar Anarchist, who ‘prowled the galaxy like a brilliant tiger’ (Panther edn: 74), and the anarchist world of Howell, a 2-mile diameter asteroid midway between Sol and Centauri; in the final chapter Truck himself becomes ‘The Last Anarchist’ (187)."
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