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When an actor who played Robin Hood on a 1950s children's TV show wakes up in Riverworld, he decides to live out his dreams and forms a new band of Merry Men (including Abraham Lincoln as Little John). Unfortunately, he didn't count on running into Al Capone, who has hijacked a thriving technocracy run by Jules Verne... Set in Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" universe, th When an actor who played Robin Hood on a 1950s children's TV show wakes up in Riverworld, he decides to live out his dreams and forms a new band of Merry Men (including Abraham Lincoln as Little John). Unfortunately, he didn't count on running into Al Capone, who has hijacked a thriving technocracy run by Jules Verne... Set in Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" universe, this story written with Farmer's permission.


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When an actor who played Robin Hood on a 1950s children's TV show wakes up in Riverworld, he decides to live out his dreams and forms a new band of Merry Men (including Abraham Lincoln as Little John). Unfortunately, he didn't count on running into Al Capone, who has hijacked a thriving technocracy run by Jules Verne... Set in Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" universe, th When an actor who played Robin Hood on a 1950s children's TV show wakes up in Riverworld, he decides to live out his dreams and forms a new band of Merry Men (including Abraham Lincoln as Little John). Unfortunately, he didn't count on running into Al Capone, who has hijacked a thriving technocracy run by Jules Verne... Set in Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" universe, this story written with Farmer's permission.

30 review for The Merry Men of the Riverworld (Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    A fun addition to this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Originally published in one of the two collections of stpries by different authors in Farmer's Riverworld. A bit of background: The Riverworld is a million mile long river on a world where every human who has ever lived has been resurrected along it's shores. Each has a grail that can be attached to a grailstone each day that will provide essentials: food, clothing, medicines, tobacco. Everything else must come from the people's own hands, minds. If one died in this new setting, they simply woke u Originally published in one of the two collections of stpries by different authors in Farmer's Riverworld. A bit of background: The Riverworld is a million mile long river on a world where every human who has ever lived has been resurrected along it's shores. Each has a grail that can be attached to a grailstone each day that will provide essentials: food, clothing, medicines, tobacco. Everything else must come from the people's own hands, minds. If one died in this new setting, they simply woke up the next morning somewhere on the river, hundreds, thousands of miles from where they had died again. It allows any combination of real life folks for stories. In this one, Robin Hood and his band travel the river freeing people from tyrannies set up by villains of history. Not really. Robin is a former actor that had signed to play Robin on a series in fledgling television, only to be thrown by a recalcitrant horse and killed. He'd trained hard on the longbow and shown a certain talent for it. here on Riverworld. He'd gathered a like minded bunch of men and each assumed the role of one of the Merry Men. Little John was the only one who'd had any notoriety in their former lives. Little John was no other than Abraham Lincoln. One day they encounter a riverboat sailing along, commanded by Jules Verne, wounded, and in sad shape. One of the Merry Men had been a medic in his original life and helped get him on the raod to recovery. He had a sad story to tell. Once resurrected, he'd had the idea to create the perfect society> Gather all technocrats they found and go about reinventing all the best machines, both from his time and the future, to make life as easy as possible for inhabitants. None of them were lawmen, soldiers, and Verne recognized a need for such. He'd accepted the help of a new arrival to the city who showed organizational skills along those lines. That was his mistake. The fellow's name was Capone and he had a lieutenant named Eichmann. Soon the city was taken over, renamed New Chicago, and Capone began setting up his empire. He wanted guns and was forcing development along those lines. Verne and others attempted to escape in the newly constructed riverboat, which Capone planned as a brothel and gambling casino, Verne injured in the escape. it was their desire to find another area where metals were plentiful and start anew. Robin convinces him his bet bet is to free New Chicago and the planning begins with training in longbow use, scoutig missions, and contact with folks in the city to help. Enjoyed this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bruce McNair

    The Riverworld, which was a creation of Philip Jose Farmer, is a place where humans who have died are resurrected. If they die there, they are re-resurrected somewhere else on the Riverworld. Supposedly all of humanities wants and needs are provided for. Well there are a few deficiencies, which is why Jules Verne creates a city that is initially populated by scientists but welcomes all-comers. However, this is his mistake and Al Capone takes over. Along comes Robin Hood and his merry men - in re The Riverworld, which was a creation of Philip Jose Farmer, is a place where humans who have died are resurrected. If they die there, they are re-resurrected somewhere else on the Riverworld. Supposedly all of humanities wants and needs are provided for. Well there are a few deficiencies, which is why Jules Verne creates a city that is initially populated by scientists but welcomes all-comers. However, this is his mistake and Al Capone takes over. Along comes Robin Hood and his merry men - in reality an actor and various men playing roles in Robin's band - they plan to retake the city from Capone and his henchmen. It's a really good story, a bit of a lark - much in the tone of the mythical Robin Hood but with a modern twist. Apparently this story was voted by fans and critics as the best story in the Riverworld series not written by Farmer. However, readers will probably need some grounding in the Riverworld lore (see first three sentences), otherwise they will be scratching their heads in puzzlement.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    Great story well done looking forward to read Human Spirit, Beetle Spirit. Hope this Author finds time to do more River World stories in the near future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jtrowe

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Widner

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bernard James

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    Steven Schofield

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    Ed

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    Barbara

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    Steve Hobbs

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    Magnus Mayus

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dennis R Longo Jr

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    Ryan Moroney

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    Sharie

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