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   Accidental Spaceship, by Gene Hunt  
  Novel, first publication in November 2005
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      For everyone who wants to grow up and read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
    It all started with the gently-used spaceship that appeared in the backyard. That's the backyard of Vernon and Junior Smith, thirteen-year-old twins in Whipple Crossing, Pennsylvania. The craft made a curious whirring noise and came complete with a cranky robot with attitude. But real trouble shows up at the front door two days later, in the form of a weasely tax collector from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania demanding $1,000,000 in back taxes for illegally parked space vehicle—otherwise jail time awaits. What to do? Part-time paleontologist granddad's no help—he's off in the Antarctic hunting for fossils. Vernon and Junior agree (a rare occurrence) that running away is the best way to go. But where to run? And how to get there? Well, there is that used spaceship in the backyard...

    An exuberant skewering of space travel, delivery people, tax collectors, robots, TV anchors, trading, learning languages, bad/good manners, and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this is a hilarious send-up of the world we know and the one in outer space we do not.

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