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The Forgotten Planet

Murray Leinster

Book Overview: 

The "forgotten" planet had been seeded for life, first with microbes and later with plants and insects. A third expedition, intended to complete the seeding with animals, never occurred. Over the millennia the insects and plants grew to gigantic sizes. The action of the novel describes the fight for survival by descendants of a crashed spaceship as they battle wolf-sized ants, flies the size of chickens, and gigantic flying wasps. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the discordant, machine-like mating cries of creatures trying to serve life in the midst of death and the horrible noises of those who met death and were devoured in the dark.

Burl was accustomed to such tumult. But he was not accustomed to such despair as he felt at being lost from Saya of the swift feet and white teeth and shy smile. He lay disconsolate on his bobbing craft for the greater part of the night. It was long past midnight when the raft struck gently, swung, and then remained grounded upon a shallow in the stream.

When light came back in the morning, Burl gazed about him fearfully. He was some twenty yards from the shore and thick greenish scum surrounded his disintegrating vessel. The river had widened greatly until the opposite bank was hidden in the morning mist, but the nearer shore seemed firm and no more full of dangers than the territory inhabited by Burl's tribe.

He tested the depth of the water with his spear, struck by th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The stars are for nostalgia. I read so many books like this as a kid, I may have even read this one. This is a bit of fun from an earlier time in life.

The story itself is intriguing. A nightmare world of giant earth-like insects and killer spores threaten a group of humans descended from a crashed s

I’m glad this book is no longer as forgotten as the planet it writes about! A fun read that holds its own for one written so long ago!!

Murray Leinster’s The Forgotten Planet is as perfect an example of classic science fiction as one could hope to find. It’s a 1950s’ ”fix-up” novel of a few stories from the 1920s. In that sense, it is almost a century old.

On the surface it qualifies as pure adventure, and thankfully without the clun

Really a good book. I was a little skeptical at first, because a science fiction book from a hundred years ago I thought it would be a bit trivial. But the idea behind the book is very beautiful. In practice, Humanity, in search of extra-terrestrial planets to inhabit, sends dozens of spaceships int

Fun undemanding read, with a lilting narration in the audiobook that felt like a barcarole and somehow added to the feel of Leinster's story.

Harry and Tom would have loved this one.

If you can't imagine how a catastrophically dangerous planet could threaten the existence of a marooned space ship


Qui ci troviamo di fronte ad uno dei più interessanti lavori del periodo della Golden Age della Sci-fi, e ,ad avviso di molti, all'opera più riuscita di Murray Leinster: non sono in grado di confermare o meno, avendo letto dell'autore, oltre al qui presente, soltanto qualch

A metaphor for humanity's rise from savagery!

Earth was now a crowded planet and science had advanced to the point where terraforming remote barren planets for the future expansion of humanity was a possibility.

"The seed ship Orana landed on this planet - which still had no name. It carefully infecte

There is a wonderful old term used to describe a feature of Golden Age science fiction novels: BEM, an acronym for "bug-eyed monsters." Back in the 1930s and '40s, you see, the covers of many sci-fi pulp magazines featured illustrations of bulbous-orbed, invariably menacing aliens and other creature

ENGLISH: A delightful book. While human beings are spreading throughout the galaxy, they find a sterile planet, decide to colonize and seed it with terrestrial life forms (bacteria, fungi, plants and invertebrates). But somewhere around the process, the planet information is mislaid and the planet i

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