It's important to take this book in context. (Out of context it's just plain silly.) But if you are a Vonnegut fan AND a science fiction buff you will see oodles of tributes and jabs in this tongue-in-cheek satire of modern society/spoof of space opera combo along the lines of Harry Harrison's "Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers." (How's that for a run-on sentence?) I think Farmer is brilliant here even though I've never been much of a fan of his other work.