The Forgotten Planet

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The Forgotten Planet
Forgotten planet.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Murray Leinster
Cover artist Ed Emshwiller
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Gnome Press
Publication date
1954
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 177 pp
ISBN NA
OCLC 1813386

The Forgotten Planet is a science fiction novel by Murray Leinster. It was released in 1954 by Gnome Press in an edition of 5,000 copies. The novel is a fix-up from three short stories, "The Mad Planet" and "The Red Dust", both of which had originally appeared in the magazine Argosy in 1920 and 1921 and "Nightmare Planet" which appeared in Science Fiction Plus in 1953.

Plot introduction[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

Groff Conklin praised the novel as "Leinster at his exciting, skilled best," declaring "there is almost nothing in the story that is not first-rate."[1] P. Schuyler Miller similarly reported "the old master is at his best in this one."[2] Anthony Boucher, however, found it to be "an interminable sequence of wars against giant insects, which seems pretty outmoded today."[3]

See also[edit]

There was also a Choose Your Own Adventure book with this title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1955, p.120
  2. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, May 1955, p.144
  3. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, February 1955, pp.96-97.

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