The Forgotten Planet
Dust-jacket from the first edition
|Cover artist||Ed Emshwiller|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
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.
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.
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." P. Schuyler Miller similarly reported "the old master is at his best in this one." Anthony Boucher, however, found it to be "an interminable sequence of wars against giant insects, which seems pretty outmoded today."
There was also a Choose Your Own Adventure book with this title.
- Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 303.
- Contento, William G. "Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections". Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.
- The Forgotten Planet public domain audiobook at LibriVox
- The Forgotten Planet at Project Gutenberg
- The Forgotten Planet title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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