In an effort to inspire the colonials to stay the course in throwing off the shackles of British tyranny, Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets titled The American Crisis . The first of these pamphlets began with the lines:

The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Rebellion erupts on the "paradise" planet of Elysia, plunging the colony into chaos. In response, the all-powerful United Earth dispatches its elite corps of cyborg soldiers, led by Aaron "The Berber" Barber.

For a hero celebrated galaxy-wide for his acts of bravery against alien hordes, a ragtag group of colonized miners with antiquated weapons should be no challenge. But Barber and his soldiers are unprepaed to meet the most dangerous enemy yet--humans just like them. And on Elysia, the soldiers discover dangers that neither United Earth nor the Elysians themselves could have foreseen. The secrets Barber and his soldiers uncover lead them to question the true meaning of freedom in a world where nothing is what it seems.

"Rastafarian Science Fiction. This visionary work of our collective future maps that terrain. Distinctive for its inventive and progressive use of imagination, this insightful and entertaining novel illuminates our present by casting it in a dystopic future of corporate control--not only of governing states but whole planetary systems--with satiric relish. Mr. Campbell writes with assured prose. It is at once inventive, funny and poetic. There is a brilliant future in his imagined worlds. May there be one, two, many Bill Campbells! Long Live The Be!"

In an effort to inspire the colonials to stay the course in throwing off the shackles of British tyranny, Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets titled The American Crisis . The first of these pamphlets began with the lines:

The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Rebellion erupts on the "paradise" planet of Elysia, plunging the colony into chaos. In response, the all-powerful United Earth dispatches its elite corps of cyborg soldiers, led by Aaron "The Berber" Barber.

For a hero celebrated galaxy-wide for his acts of bravery against alien hordes, a ragtag group of colonized miners with antiquated weapons should be no challenge. But Barber and his soldiers are unprepaed to meet the most dangerous enemy yet--humans just like them. And on Elysia, the soldiers discover dangers that neither United Earth nor the Elysians themselves could have foreseen. The secrets Barber and his soldiers uncover lead them to question the true meaning of freedom in a world where nothing is what it seems.

"Rastafarian Science Fiction. This visionary work of our collective future maps that terrain. Distinctive for its inventive and progressive use of imagination, this insightful and entertaining novel illuminates our present by casting it in a dystopic future of corporate control--not only of governing states but whole planetary systems--with satiric relish. Mr. Campbell writes with assured prose. It is at once inventive, funny and poetic. There is a brilliant future in his imagined worlds. May there be one, two, many Bill Campbells! Long Live The Be!"

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Bill Campbell is the author the novels Koontown Killing Kaper and My Booty Novel as well as the essay collection, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad. He lives in Washington, DC.

Bill Campbell is the author the novels Koontown Killing Kaper and My Booty Novel as well as the essay collection, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad. He lives in Washington, DC.

In an effort to inspire the colonials to stay the course in throwing off the shackles of British tyranny, Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets titled The American Crisis . The first of these pamphlets began with the lines:

The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

In an effort to inspire the colonials to stay the course in throwing off the shackles of British tyranny, Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets titled The American Crisis . The first of these pamphlets began with the lines:

The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Rebellion erupts on the "paradise" planet of Elysia, plunging the colony into chaos. In response, the all-powerful United Earth dispatches its elite corps of cyborg soldiers, led by Aaron "The Berber" Barber.

For a hero celebrated galaxy-wide for his acts of bravery against alien hordes, a ragtag group of colonized miners with antiquated weapons should be no challenge. But Barber and his soldiers are unprepaed to meet the most dangerous enemy yet--humans just like them. And on Elysia, the soldiers discover dangers that neither United Earth nor the Elysians themselves could have foreseen. The secrets Barber and his soldiers uncover lead them to question the true meaning of freedom in a world where nothing is what it seems.

"Rastafarian Science Fiction. This visionary work of our collective future maps that terrain. Distinctive for its inventive and progressive use of imagination, this insightful and entertaining novel illuminates our present by casting it in a dystopic future of corporate control--not only of governing states but whole planetary systems--with satiric relish. Mr. Campbell writes with assured prose. It is at once inventive, funny and poetic. There is a brilliant future in his imagined worlds. May there be one, two, many Bill Campbells! Long Live The Be!"

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

Bill Campbell is the author the novels Koontown Killing Kaper and My Booty Novel as well as the essay collection, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad. He lives in Washington, DC.

Bill Campbell is the author the novels Koontown Killing Kaper and My Booty Novel as well as the essay collection, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad. He lives in Washington, DC.

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In  The American Crisis,  Tom Paine was, of course, writing about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War some 250 years ago, but I have always thought that “summer soldier and sunshine patriot” line could be applied to many contemporary “patriots.”   I am thinking, in part, of those Americans who stand for the national anthem at sporting events with their hat in one hand and a beer in the other and who think that that is an act of patriotism. 

I would have to think that our founding fathers would laugh. They understood that true acts of patriotism required commitment and risk. That real patriotism meant taking action, not standing idly by. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine have more in common with Colin Kaepernick than they do with Donald Trump. Yes, all of these men are flawed human beings, but four of these flawed creatures were and are fighting for America to live up to its own ideals and one is using the guise of patriotism to attack the true patriots and to appeal to the basest instincts of those who think patriotism means “my country right or wrong.”

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