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A collection of work from this author of classic science fiction with an introduction by J. J. Pierce.
It was a wild planet, but the space ships of Earth saw that it would someday be suitable for habitation, so they seeded it with lower forms of life--bacteria, fungi, simple plants, and insects--to re-create the food chain that human colonists would need. Next should have come the higher forms of animal life, but something went wrong. The Galactic record keepers lost their punch card, the planet was forgotten, and for centuries the forces of evolution worked their magic without further human intervention. Then one day a lifeboat, escaping from the stricken starship Icarus, brought a party of humans to the forgotten planet, where they encountered a nightmare world of huge mushrooms, giant spiders and beetles, monster worms and deadly fungi, a land of dense clouds and perpetual mists, without sunlight. It was an experiment out of control. Rescue was impossible and survival uncertain, so the descendants of the Icarus's people lost their technology, their culture and their language, and degenerated into savagery.
Celebrating the "dean of modern science fiction" ("TIME"), this anthology contains three complete novels by Leinster, one of them a Hugo Award finalist, along with short stories, including one written in 1946 that foretold the coming of home computers and the Internet.
The Mad Planet' by Murray Leinster was the first global warming story ever written. Set hundreds of years in the future, Earth has gone mad, CO2 levels have risen across the globe causing a rise in temperature, and human beings have descended to savagery. The change in climate has wreaked havoc with the environment giving rise to new predators and challenges for man. Burl has spent his entire life one step away from oblivion, he's heard the stories about the former greatness of his race, and yearns for a return to that time.
The complete Med Ship saga--The Mutant Weapon, Doctor to the Stars, This World Is Taboo, and S.O.S. from Three Worlds--is collected in this one volume.
His work was healing the sick--but this planet was already dead! Calhoun regarded the communicator with something like exasperation as his taped voice repeated a standard approach-call for the twentieth time. But no answer came, which had become irritating a long time ago. This was a new Med Service sector for Calhoun. He'd been assigned to another man's tour of duty because the other man had been taken down with romance. He'd gotten married, which ruled him out for Med Ship duty. So now Calhoun listened to his own voice endlessly repeating a call that should have been answered immediately.
In science-fiction, as in all categories of fiction, there are stories that are so outstanding from the standpoint of characterization, concept, and background development that they remain popular for decades. Two such stories were Murray Leinster's The Mad Planet and Red Dust.Originally published in 1923, they have been reprinted frequently both here and abroad. Now Murray Leinster has written the final story in the series. It is not necessary to have read the previous stories to enjoy this one. Once again, Burl experiences magnificent adventures against a colorful background, but to the whole the author has added philosophical and psychological observations that give this story a flavor seldom achieved in science-fiction.
Bron Hoddan never wanted to be a pirate, but he was born into a family of pirates, who expected him to join the family business. Bron stows away on a space ship and runs away from home. But even though he has never committed an act of space piracy, he'll soon learn it's not that easy to leave his family's legacy behind. A wild, funny science fiction romp that will leave you smiling long after you've turned the final page.
In a far distant future mankind must cope with huge insects and titanic fungus growths. Life has been greatly altered, and Man is now in the process of becoming acclimated to the change. Burl, our hero, must not only deal with the huge insects and the terror that they inspire but with a far greater danger menacing the human race: the deadly Red Dust. Preoccupied with staying alive, Burl has no idea that a human spaceship is about to crash land on his world and change his life forever. Included here in one volume are 'The Mad Planet,' 'The Red Dust,' and 'Nightmare Planet.'
Here is the sequel to "The Mad Planet" by Murray Leinster. The world, in a far distant future, is peopled with huge insects and titanic fungus growths. Life has been greatly altered, and tiny Man is now in the process of becoming acclimated to the change. We again meet our hero Burl, but this time a far greater danger menaces the human race. The huge insects are still in evidence, but the terror they inspire is as nothing compared to the deadly Red Dust. You will follow this remarkable story with breathless interest.
You do not always have to go looking for a guardian angel. He may be looking for you--but perhaps for somebody else's benefit! Rhadampsicus and Nodalictha were on their honeymoon, and consequently they were sentimental. To be sure, it would not have been easy for humans to imagine sentiment as existing between them. Humans would hardly associate tenderness with glances cast from sets of sixteen eyes mounted on jointed eye stalks, nor link langorous thrills with a coy mingling of positronic repulsion blasts--even when the emission of positron blasts from beneath one's mantle was one's normal personal mode of locomotion. And when two creatures like Rhadampsicus and Nodalictha stood on what might be roughly described as their heads and twined their eye stalks together, so that they gazed fondly at each other with all sixteen eyes at once, humans would not have thought of it as the equivalent of a loving kiss. Humans would have screamed and run--if they were not paralyzed by the mere sight of such individuals.
Joe Kenmore heard the airlock close with a sickening wheeze and then a clank. In desperation he turned toward Haney. "My God, we've been locked out!" Through the transparent domes of their space helmets, Joe could see a look of horror and disbelief pass across Haney's face. But it was true! Joe and his crew were locked out of the Space Platform. Four thousand miles below circled the Earth. Under Joe's feet rested the solid steel hull of his home in outer space. But without tools there was no hope of getting back inside. Joe looked at his oxygen meter. It registered thirty minutes to live.
"Time is out of joint," wrote Shakespeare. And in these 6 strange and startling stories, time is indeed bent, turned inside-out and upside-down, accelerated, decelerated, and obliterated.
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