The Pirates of Ersatz
  
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The Pirates of Ersatz is a science fiction novel by Murray Leinster first published in 1954.

Bron is the offspring of infamous space pirates but instead of following in the family footsteps he decides to become an electronic engineer.

Unfortunately, every time he tries to get out, something pulls him back in.

This is a tongue-in-cheek space adventure along the lines of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison.

The Pirates of Ersatz was originally published in the February, March and April issues of Astounding Science Fiction in 1959.

Murray Leinster (1896-1975) was a pen name of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.

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