Deathworld

Deathworld Harry Harrison is best known for his Stainless Steel Rat stories and the novel Make Room Make Room which was adapted for film as Soylent Green Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun

  • Title: Deathworld
  • Author: Harry Harrison Gregg Margarite
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  • Page: 306
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  • Harry Harrison 1925 is best known for his Stainless Steel Rat stories and the novel Make Room Make Room which was adapted for film as Soylent Green Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960 and originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine It s the story of Jason dinAlt a professional gambler with psionic skills who finds himself oHarry Harrison 1925 is best known for his Stainless Steel Rat stories and the novel Make Room Make Room which was adapted for film as Soylent Green Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960 and originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine It s the story of Jason dinAlt a professional gambler with psionic skills who finds himself on Pyrrus the deadliest planet to be colonized by humanity Violent weather, active tectonics, heavy gravity, abundant predators, and a hostile splinter group of colonists is only the beginning of Jason s quest to learn the truth about Pyrrus Total running time 5 23 05

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    1. Harry Harrison Gregg Margarite

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name Harry Harrison born Henry Maxwell Dempsey was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room Make Room 1966 , the basis for the film Soylent Green 1973 He was also with Brian W Aldiss co president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.Excerpted from.

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    1. When professional gambler Jason dinAlt is hired to run a stake up into the billions by some colonists, he is intrigued by tales of their world and opts to return to it. However, Pyrrus is the most hostile world in the universe, with every life form bent on the extermination of the colonists, even the plant life.I read a few of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books years ago and decided to give this one a try. It was free on the Kindle so the price was right.Deathworld is a tale of man vs. e [...]


    2. 3. 5 stars. Easy-reading adventuring fun times on the planet of DEATH! This book is every ingredient from pre-1960 sf history stirred into one ridiculous romptastic read. Buff heroes, beautiful lady - (but just the ONE apparently in the ENTIRE WORLD), spaceships, monstrous alien beasts, telepathy, logic and "science" saves the day, with a helping hand from rugged manly devil-may-care hero and his James Bond ethics. All that in 150 pages. And there was even time for gambling, booze and sex. Rock [...]


    3. Deathworld By Harry HarrisonSince I can't find The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat for Kindle and I can't find my hard copy, or the time to read a hard copy, I read Deathworld. Thank you again for the recommendation Jim. Deathworld was first published in 1961 (maybe earlier). This is a classic science fiction story. If, as I believe, Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical response to books like Heinlein Ra's Starship Troopers and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Deathworld is Harrison's or [...]


    4. A trickier book than it first appears. At first, you're sure you know exactly what's going to happen. Jason dinAlt, a typical cool SF superhero kinda guy, finds himself en route to Pyrrhus, the most dangerous planet in the known universe. The native fauna, and even flora, is so terrifyingly aggressive that the Pyrrhans all use special holsters for their guns to get an extra-fast draw. You just point your arm at whatever it is, tense your muscles, and blam! your gun is in your hand and already fi [...]


    5. I've read this many times before & my paperback copy of it is tattered enough to have a packing tape binding. I first read it about a decade after it was published & thought Jason second only to the Stainless Steel Rat for sheer panache. I've always liked the other 2 books more than this one since they have better, realistic points. This one is OK, but has kind of a depressing theme - a society so wrapped up in its beliefs that it would rather knowingly follow them in to destruction than [...]


    6. I have read several of the other reviews of this book and I think the majority have missed the point. It may be fantasy or science fiction, whatever you might want to call it. It has flaws, but remember it was written in 1960 when modern Sci-Fy was barely in its infancy and during some of he highest points of the Cold War. Also his first novel! Most reviewers miss the point I believe Harry was trying to make - how to stop wars. I doubt he thought it possible though. I read it a long time ago for [...]


    7. Enjoyable story about a planet OF DEATH! Pretty fun tale about karma (kind of). In death world the ecology of a planet seems hellbent on killing its human inhabitants to the degree that evolution has steered the plants and animals in such a way that all their offensive and defensive traits are specifically geared towards killing and maiming humans. The funny thing is the humans have only been on the planet for a few hundred years, not nearly enough time for any kind of evolution to respond to th [...]


    8. Imagine a world where all native living forms, both plant and animal, are against the humans living in its only city. Not only is the gravity twice that of earth, but in order to survive, every city dweller on Pyrrus must constantly be armed and ready to shoot any plant, insect, bird, or animal in sight.The only humans on Pyrrus that do not have to combat the plannet's biota are the so-called "grubbers," who manage to live in peace with the planet. What do they know that the city dwellers do not [...]


    9. (view spoiler)[Deathworld centers on Jason dinAlt. Originally from an agrarian planet Porgorstorsaand, a professional gambler who uses his erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. While on a gambling trip to the casino on the planet Cassylia, he is challenged by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who turns out to be the ambassador from the planet Pyrrus) to turn a large amount of money into an immense sum by gambling at a government-run casino. He succeeds and survives the planetary governm [...]


    10. This book and the subsequent two sequels are examples again of me picking up books on my travels and not getting round to reading them years later. The book was originally published in the 60s where as my copy was from the 80s, however it has never really been far from print even to this day. Harry Harrison is an intriguing character - his works go the from the classics like, Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! and Make room, make room which was then turned in to Soylent Green all the way to his comic [...]


    11. Jason, a mildly psionic gambler is hired to gamble extremely well to finance weaponry for the planet Pyruss, which has an ongoing problem of epically hostile wildlife. Intrigued, Jason follows his employer home, to a 2G gravity world where even the youngsters can out-gun him.Once Jason gets through Pyrric infants school (every child packing their pistol), he takes on the classic "outsider solves the problem the locals can't see" role and (after quite a lot of death) picks a pathway toward planet [...]


    12. 3.5 stars - Metaphorosis ReviewsJason din Alt is a gambler with a special touch. When Kerk, ambassador from Pyrrus, engages din Alt to multiply a small stake, things get complicated, and the pair flee to Pyrrus, which offers problems of its own.It took me a long time to get to Deathworld, way back when. A friend of mine promoted the books, but he was partial to military SF (he was right about Dorsai) and Gor (I've never wanted to check). When I finally did get around to Harry Harrison, I was ple [...]


    13. Written as a pair with The Invisible Code. I did manage after some encouragement from the ranks to get over that and I'm glad I did. It's a good bad-book. The Wildside edition I read was horribly proofread, but not nearly as badly as the academic books I've been reading lately. Nothing, at any rate, that distracted me from a punchy story, good characterisation as sci fi goes and a really interesting idea for world in which the story takes place.As it happens I next picked up The Invisible Code b [...]


    14. You know how there are free books for Kindle, especially older books, maybe especially out-of-print or not-so-widely-read books? And you know how you sometimes have to take a six-hour plane trip somewhere and you know you're not going to sleep? And you know how sometimes you just want mental Cheetos? Yes? I have a book for you.


    15. Storyline: 4/5Characters: 3/5Writing Style: 3/5World: 4/5What a cool oldie. If this had advertised itself as an action-adventure in the lineage of old school science fiction pulp, it wouldn't have attracted my attention in the least. But it was exactly that, and I found myself eagerly reading on to chapter after chapter. The writing was perfectly sufficient, promising little and delivering more than hinted. The characters initially looked to be cut-outs but turned out to be filling uniquely-cast [...]


    16. I loved this book! It wasn't perfect, but boy, was it unique and original! It was so interesting and so intriguing and so action packed, especially for such a small book. And it was really good, surprisingly so for one published as long ago as 1960.Jason dinAlt, an interplanetary gambler, is forced to take a small sum of money and gamble to make a huge sum of money or face death by some huge, deathly stranger he encounters in his new hotel room. And he does it. But he takes the casino for so muc [...]


    17. I love old school science fiction. These are a little bit dopey, but still a lot of fun. Lots of good gaming ideas.


    18. Originally posted at FanLit:fantasyliterature/reviBored by life, Jason dinAlt is a gambling man, so when a mysterious stranger offers him millions of dollars to gamble with at a government-owned casino, Jason can’t resist, even though failure will probably result in his death. (It helps that Jason has some psi talents, even though they’re a little unpredictable.) After the casino episode, Jason finds that he must quickly depart the planet. When he learns that his mysterious benefactor is an [...]


    19. I feel like its safe to say at this point that I have a certain affection for classic science fiction. There's just something about it that is very refreshing. Contemporary science fiction is so focused on technological advances, the state of the world, and epic space operas that they're just not as fun as they could be. Whereas with the older stuff, it might not always be believable, but it's adventurous. It takes you back to a time where the people's imaginations roamed freely, and there were [...]


    20. I read this many years ago when I fist discoverd Sci-Fi and it was old even then !! Fun, fast and highly enjoyable. The pace is good as is the idea and Mr Harrison knows how to keep you turning the pages. It doesn't warrant a lengthy review, there isn't any depth here, it's just a fun ride. Just as much fun second time around but it seemed way too short this time. So I re-read Deathworld 2 as well :)


    21. Written around the same time as Harrison’s close friend and colleague Aldiss’ ‘Hothouse’ this is a relatively uncomplicated adventure, but one which breaks some ground, and which has a surprising longevity and almost cult popularity. It has spawned two immediate sequels and recently it seems Harrison collaborated on several Russian language Deathworld novels which have not (as yet) been released in an English translation.So, Jason da Lint, bored interstellar gambler and psi practitioner [...]


    22. Science Fiction lacks some of the categorization that Fantasy has, and it suffers for it. On the Fantasy side of the fence, you have Epic Fantasy with its items of power and dark overlords and evil empires and prophecies and young heroes rising from obscurity to change the universe -- and then you Sword & Sorcery which is much smaller in scale -- one guy (usually) getting into a lot of trouble, and then getting out of trouble, but usually without upsetting the socio-political-economic fabric [...]


    23. The first sentence in the book already disqualifies the science part of the fiction. In the known universe 30,000 planets are inhabited. Space travel is a matter of course but communication still uses pneumatic delivery.The focus is on opera and a bit of space. Jason dinAlt is a professional gambler, benefitting from his psi ability to skew the probabilities of winning. His reputation as a successful gambler is the reason why Kerk, the ambassador from Pyrrus, contacts him. His proposal is gambli [...]


    24. Jason Dinalt is a profesonal gambler with psychic powers that helps him in the casinos. He was hired by a man named Kirk Pyrrus. Jason went in to a casino on the job and had to win 3 billion credits for kirk. When he won Jason went with kirk to his home planet. It is a planet known to be a literal death world. The planet of pyrrus has twice earths gravity and every thing on the planet is made to kill humans. Jason finds out that the natives of pyrrus do not know there own history. The only thin [...]


    25. Why I Read This Book: A friend of mine had posted a note about this book on our SF mailing list with a spoiler warning, so I decided to (re)read this book so I could read the note. ;-)The book is available via Project Gutenberg, and thus was very convenient to load into Stanza on my iPad.I read and enjoyed this book (actually, the entire trilogy) as a teenager, but remembered very little about it now. (Well, except for the main character's name, talent, and the customary weapon on Pyrrhus.) I en [...]


    26. -Otras formas y otros tiempos.- Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Jason dinAlt es un aventurero y jugador profesional acostumbrado a luchar contra los grandes casinos del espacio conocido. Cuando Kerk Pyrrus, embajador del planeta Pyrrus de aspecto impresionante y capacidades todavía más sobresalientes, le propone jugar para él con una cantidad enorme de dinero y conseguir una todavía más importante, Jason acepta y acabará metiéndose en toda una aventura. Primer volumen de la s [...]


    27. Jason dinAlt is a gambler who ends up on a VERY dangerous world. His future is highly unlikely to last beyond his first step outside the human compound.But of course, he does survive (or else the book would have been VERY short) and endeavors to find out why the local flora and fauna are so inimical.Harrison rarely disappoints me and this book is no exception. It has his usual style and subtle digs at "normalcy". It's not as outrageous as his "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but there are a few "lo [...]


    28. Death World is a really entertaining read. Jason dinAlt is the hero, a gambler with psionic abilities who is hired by the ambassador of planet Pyrrus (hint, hint) to engineer a gambling coup. He ends up visiting Pyrrus, the most deadly planet ever colonised by humans. All plant and animal life is predatory, and the colonists are locked in a ceaseless battle with them. The colonists, despite their incredible toughness and discipline are slowly losing the battle. Jason sets out to understand this [...]


    29. A concise read concerning a hero of unheroic proportions, Jason DinAlt, who embarks on a somewhat quixotic quest to solve a deadly problem of a planet full of organisms, both plant and animal which are bent on killing off the people trying to colonize it. He has "psi" powers which aid him in his quest, but runs into problems not only with the flora and fauna, but also with the stubborn and hostile colonists. An entertaining, if somewhat dated, space opera.



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