Colonial Survey

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Colonial Survey
Colonial survey.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Murray Leinster
Cover artist Wallace Wood
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short stories
Publisher Gnome Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 185 pp
OCLC 10703754

Colonial Survey is a 1957 collection of science fiction short stories by Murray Leinster. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1957 in an edition of 5,000 copies. The collection was reprinted by Avon Books in 1957 under the title The Planet Explorer. The stories all originally appeared in the magazine Astounding.


  • "Solar Constant"
  • "Sand Doom"
  • "Combat Team"
  • "The Swamp Was Upside Down"


Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the collection as "the gadget story raised to new heights. . . . Leinster pulls his miracles out of a hat labeled Deus ex perspiration and makes them completely credible."[1]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, November 1957, p.120