The Planet Savers

The Planet Savers Originally published in Amazing Stories in December The Planet Savers was the very first Darkover novel to see print It was here that readers first encountered the now legendary world of Cottman

  • Title: The Planet Savers
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • ISBN: 2940012176394
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Nook
  • Originally published in Amazing Stories in December 1958, The Planet Savers was the very first Darkover novel to see print It was here that readers first encountered the now legendary world of Cottman IV, at a time when the Terrans were desperately seeking a cure for a disease of epidemic proportions that threatened the lives of Darkovans and Terrans alike.The Planet SaveOriginally published in Amazing Stories in December 1958, The Planet Savers was the very first Darkover novel to see print It was here that readers first encountered the now legendary world of Cottman IV, at a time when the Terrans were desperately seeking a cure for a disease of epidemic proportions that threatened the lives of Darkovans and Terrans alike.The Planet Savers introduced many readers to the wondrous world of the red sun, and it remains today a powerful evocation of the magic and mystery of Darkover.

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    1. Reading The Colors of Space made me immediately want to read something else by Marion Zimmer Bradley. In reading about her, I found myself intrigued by her "Darkover" series of which I kept finding mention. In researching it, it turns out to be an ever-expanding tree of books, stories, and fan fiction such that I couldn't figure out what to read first. If you read the books in the order that she wrote them, you'd not be reading them chronologically because she wrote prequels here or branched off [...]

    2. Let’s face it; Darkover is just a cool name for a planet. If we ever discover a planet that could be habitable, we should definitely call it Darkover. It is just that cool. That said, I had no idea what to expect from “The Planet Savers.” (And really, it is more like a novella. It is very short.) I’d just found it recommended on a sci-fi list somewhere, saw it available for cheap, and downloaded it. And I was glad I did. It was a quick read, and served as a pretty good initiation to Brad [...]

    3. Long,long ago and far away.I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels. (You might be familiar with her as the author of Mists of Avalon.) I could always find them at a paperback and comic book trade store in town. As a result, I read them as I found them with no particular attention to either the chronological order of the story nor to the publication date. The author claimed each book stood on its own; this was not a series, but rather books that shared characters and locales, but did not n [...]

    4. Great story, and even if you're not familiar with the Darkover world, it's an enjoyable read.I love Marion Zimmer Bradley, ever since I read the Firebrand at the age of 13, and suddenly the whole Achilles-myth made sense (his un-herioc action of draging Hector's body around Troy was due to mental illness. Read the book, the whole Trojan war will make sense).The Planet Savers is set on Darkover, a far-away planet and home to a whole lot of her stories. I love how she's able to marry hard sci-fi ( [...]

    5. i don't know how many readers are "left" for this book - it & its author have not aged easily for anyone it seems - I "read" the audio book edition which may have made the dual personalities of the protagonist feel awfully contrived to support the rest ? Perhaps a story like this that hinges on notions of difference may need more than one voice actor to do its characters justice ?

    6. This is a very interesting short book that begs the reader to read the second book! The story begins with a man in conflict with himself and goes from there to epic, noble adventure. Any scifi fan will enjoy this.

    7. The Planet Savers, by Marion Zimmer Bradley The copy I have of this is from the Gutenberg project. It is taken from the pages of amazing stories. And I want to share the little quote at the beginning. [Quote] Marion Zimmer Bradley has written some of the finest science fiction in print. She has been away from our pages too long. So this story is in the nature of a triumphant return. It could well be her best to date.Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Planet Savers (Kindle Locations 16-17). [/Quote] I ha [...]

    8. ‘One body, two minds, and a world in the balanceAustere Dr Allison was a surgeon specialising in the parasitology of the colony planet, Darkover. Antiseptic hospital walls were the limits of his world, and the virgin ranges of the planet and the human clashes of Terran and Darkovan were abhorrent to him.Headstrong, impulsive Jason, raised by the semi-human aboriginals, loved Darkover as his only known home. Its forests, its mountains, its varied peoples were his own, and he chafed for freedom [...]

    9. My edition of this book (I gather it's been reprinted several times in different configurations) contains four separate works: two short novels (The Planet Savers and The Sword of Aldones), a short story (The Waterfall), and a non-fiction essay titled A Darkover Retrospective.The two novels were very early works by Zimmer Bradley, and the first two published stories (1962) set on the fictional planet of Darkover, a feudal aristocracy ruled by a caste of hereditary telepaths. The Sword of Aldones [...]

    10. The Planet Savers, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Amazing Stories, November 1958As is usual with me on shorter stories, I listen and read along. Sources at end of review.Early Note Jay appears to be a clone but retains knowledge of his previous self. He knew, and oddly really didn't like that earlier self.Post conclusion: The Planet Savers I had a different hallucination of what this book may be about. Not the first-time I've been entirely wrong. There's a plague on Darkover. Humanoid Darkovans, and T [...]

    11. Considered by Marion Zimmer Bradley as the first serious story about Darkover, "The Planet Savers" is firmly in the tradition of psionically based hard science fiction and includes the basic foundations of the Darkovan universe. It is an action-packed adventure covering aliens, Terran imperialists, lost Earth colonists, and the hazards of a primitive planet. In this first book you see why Darkover captured the imagination of readers immediately and spawn one of the greatest series in SF and fant [...]

    12. Even though this was not the novel I thought it would be, it was still pretty good, and a super-fast read. Personally, I was looking forward to reading more of their encounter with the trailmen and less of their torturous expedition across the Hellers. I was happy to find that Lerrys Ridenow, (from The Bloody Sun), was in their crew. In my opinion, The Bloody Sun delivered more on the alien life of the trailmen than this novel, (which had the potential to overcome). The forty-eight–year fever [...]

    13. Even though this was not the novel I thought it would be, it was still pretty good, and a super-fast read. Personally, I was looking forward to reading more of their encounter with the trailmen and less of their torturous expedition across the Hellers. I was happy to find that Lerrys Ridenow, (from The Bloody Sun), was in their crew. In my opinion, The Bloody Sun delivered more on the alien life of the trailmen than this novel, (which had the potential to overcome). The forty-eight–year fever [...]

    14. Even though this was not the novel I thought it would be, it was still pretty good, and a super-fast read. Personally, I was looking forward to reading more of their encounter with the trailmen and less of their torturous expedition across the Hellers. I was happy to find that Lerrys Ridenow, (from The Bloody Sun), was in their crew. In my opinion, The Bloody Sun delivered more on the alien life of the trailmen than this novel, (which had the potential to overcome). The forty-eight–year fever [...]

    15. The Planet Savers (1962) 101 pages by Marion Zimmer Bradley.Now here's a Darkover novel that I can see inspiring praise for the series. The first two that I read were good, but at times hard to follow. In this book Dr. Jay Allison has a dual personality. He is a Terran doctor trying to avert a plague on Darkover that happens once every 48 years. Jason's father's plane crashed on a photographic mapping mission, killing the father and leaving 5-year old Jason stranded with the trailmen, who raised [...]

    16. I purchased this because the listed publication date made it look like the introduction to Darkover. It isn't. It does present the emotional/ intellectual conflicts between Terrans and Darkover folk. The main character is a cold Terran Doctor who evidently despises everyone---but spent much of his childhood with Darkover trailmen. The Terrans ( and the Hastur clan) " tweak" his brain to set him back to his childhood when he lived with and loved the Darkover world and people. I guess MZB's messag [...]

    17. This book was a pleasant surprise. When I read that it was the first of the Darkover novels to be published, I was expecting the world to be less well developed with a lot of mis-matches to details in later novels but I was wrong. The only mis-match was that I got the impression Regis and Rafe Scott were a bit older here than they were in Sharra's Exile.The title has nothing to do with weapons by the way, something else I imagined at first, but the battle is against a deadly infectious disease. [...]

    18. Interesting story, something of a look at the Jekyll-Hyde idea only more like multiple personalities. With an adventure thrown in. This is more of a novella, so its rather distant tone and lack of emotional depth I expected-- I've read almost all of Bradley's books and loved them, largely because they are so emotional, but this one feels less so, and I'm thinking it's partly the length and partly the target audience. If it was published in a SFF magazine, the readers would be mostly male and unc [...]

    19. I read a series in publication order as a rule, and I recommend the same way if you start reading especially Bradley's books. In that way, you can know how she expanded the series. There are many inconsistencies in the series, believe me she has great many!, so, if you read it chronologically, it would be very annoying.You can check both the orders herebworks/worksmAs for this title, you can download it for free at Project Gutenberg sitetenberg/ebooks/31619

    20. The Planet Savers – Marion Zimmer Bradley 3 starsThis is, as far as I can tell, the only book from the Darkover series currently available for kindle. It is a public domain book, probably because it was first published in a magazine or part of an anthology. It is a typical MZB survival story of cultural conflict involving Terrans, Comyn and the primitive Trailmen species. It’s probably part of an earlier book and the characters are not very well developed. I was surprised to find it a mildly [...]

    21. I'm not sure if the short length put me off or if it was the main character or the premise, but I wasn't digging this entry. Always fun to see familiar characters. Lerrys Ridenow is in the group. Regis Hastur, who now apparently has married and made three babies already--he was just 15 in the last book!--plays a key role here. The extra story at the end really put me off, though. Incredibly short (as in it took all of 7 minutes to read) so it's more of a sketch. I'm afraid I need at least one li [...]

    22. I listened to the audiobook of this while at work and while I may have missed a few bits I can say that that's probably ok. It was a fun dose of classic 50's SciFi but it was missing a lot of what made that SciFi great. While the main idea of the story is pretty fun, the execution of it is very lackluster, and all of the ideas that they start to develop quickly are answered either boringly or not at all. The whole audiobook is up on youtube and if you have a few hours to kill you may choose to g [...]

    23. Talmente breve da sembrare un racconto. Si ha appena il tempo di lasciarsi affascinare dall'ambientazione e dai personaggi, che tutto è già finito.Primo romanzo della lunga saga di Darkover, credo che introduca perfettamente in questo mondo. Quindi la mia avventurà proseguirà.Di MZB avevo letto altri romanzi, molto più lunghi, e non mi ha mai deluso senza nemmeno entusiasmarmi tanto da farla entrare tra i miei scrittori preferiti. Resta ottima per evadere, questo è certo.

    24. Purtroppo non ero a conoscenza di un ordine preciso nella lettura dei libri di Darkover e così ho cominciato da questo, il primo scritto.Mi è piaciuto moltissimo. Poche pagine in cui si delinea un mondo diverso dalla Terra, ma soprattutto il dramma di Jay Allison e l'importanza di avere un equilibrio.

    25. More a novella than a novel, this story is part of MZB's Darkover series. Jay (Jason) is a Terran doctor on Darkover with a double personality. The resident psychiatrist is tasked with using both personalities to resolve a potential disaster. It is a bit clumsily written but adventurous undertaking.

    26. A free e-book, I didn't need much encouragement to read this (especially as I needed a quick read to reach a target for the year). Marion Zimmer Bradley was one of the first sci-fi/fantasy authors I ever read. I loved the feminist nature of the Darkover series, the writing and characters, and still feel the standard of her writing is superior to much in this genre.

    27. I am a fan of her Darkover books and I loved this book too! It is a collection of short stories with adult themes set on "Darkover" - in another world and another time. This book explores women's issues, equality and human foibles. It also includes a sample story from another of her books. I give this book 5 stars.

    28. Trip to the used book store brought back a gem. Fast paced, just enough information so that you are hungry for more, an d then she finishes the story leaving you wanting more but happy with the ending. Miss this lady.

    29. I wasn't surprised to find that this was one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's first Darkover novels. It's short, but an interesting read, and provides the background for a later novel where they use Dr. Allison's notes to recreate the vaccine in a future outbreak of Trailman's fever.

    30. 1983 Grade B. Book D12. Year 2150.2013 Grade B+A short fast Darkover foot journey novel with minimal need for speed reading through introspective places. Unusual in that it deals with a split personality, Terran medical, and Darkover's Trailmen.

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