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Trying to find the name of a science fiction book I read in the late 70s. All I remember is that it is about an orphan boy who somehow gets onto a spacecraft that is some kind of traveling circus/zoo...and early in the book the ship for some reason is triggers into high gee acceleration and some animals die...that's all I can remember

  • It's a long shot, but maybe you're thinking of Barry B. Longyear's Circus World Series? – Joe L. Oct 22 '15 at 1:49
  • Hi,thanks I will check that out. – Mark Dolz Oct 22 '15 at 1:53
  • Checked it out, I don't believe that is what I was looking for, but again thank you for your time. – Mark Dolz Oct 22 '15 at 1:59
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    Thanks @MarkDolz, if that turns out to be it, please come back and mark the answer as correct, to help out future searchers (and our reputation scores). – Organic Marble Oct 22 '15 at 2:34
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    Possible duplicate of Looking for story - post human galactic civilization – Otis Jun 4 '17 at 17:13
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I think there is a chance you are remembering Earthblood by Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown.

an orphan boy who somehow gets onto a spacecraft that is some kind of traveling circus/zoo

The young hero is kidnapped by a travelling interstellar circus owner who sees his ability to perform acrobatics. The circus owner kills the hero's parents (his father at least) so that matches the orphan part too.

Early in the book the ship for some reason is triggers into high gee acceleration

In Chapter 8 (about 1/3 of the way through the book) the old ship's battle reflex circuits are triggered (by a malfunction?) and it goes into high acceleration. The circus's Earth elephant, at least, dies because of this, maybe others do too.

I read in the late 70s.

Written in 1966, but frequently reprinted. There was a 1979 paperback reprint.

This book is a cracking good read, tainted only by its theme of racial superiority.

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  • It's been quite a while since I read it. At the end, doesn't the young hero learn that his alien friends are better people than his blood relatives on Earth? – user14111 Oct 22 '15 at 4:31
  • It could well be. It's been a long time since I read it as well. But seeing this question put it in my to-read pile. – Organic Marble Oct 22 '15 at 12:46

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