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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.
The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster
NATURE’S MISLAID MADHOUSE! Beneath dense gray clouds through which no sun shone lay a forgotten planet. It was a nightmare world of grotesque and terrifying animal-plant life. Gigantic beetles, spiders, bugs and ants filled the putrid, musty earth–ready to kill and devour anything in sight. There were men amidst this horror–men who cringed and ran from the ravening monsters and huddled in the mushroom forests at night. Burl was one of these creatures. But one day inspira-tion hit Burl. He would find a weapon–he would fight back. And with this idea the first step was taken in man’s most desperate flight for freedom in this most horrible of all worlds. But it was only a first step.
Project Gutenberg has been putting tons of Public Domain books on the web for years now. Well maybe not tons. How much do electrons weigh for over 30,000 books. Anyways, you know what I mean. One thing that is fairly new is the complete issues of Astounding Stories of Super-Science from 1930. There are six complete issues available online. Astounding could arguable be called the greatest SF Magazine ever. Eventually the magazine evolved into Analog, that is still being published today.
But it’s most famous period is from the 1940s when the magazine almost single-handedly created the Golden Age of Science Fiction. John W. Campbell was the long running editor and discovered and/or developed some of the all time great writers of the period, including Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, A.E. Van Vogt, and many, many more.
But I digress… In it’s earliest days, the early 1930s, the SF is Astounding was very pulpy and sometimes very bad, and sometime pretty fun. Harry Bates was Astounding’s first editor and the magazine was going in a different direction than the other SF magazines started by Hugo Gernsback (Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories). Those mags were interested in preaching the gospel of Science to its readers. Astounding started as a “Blood-n-Thunder” pulp with an emphasis on action, and damn the science. There are some very good authors contained in these pages like Edmond Hamilton, Murray Leinster, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, and Miles J. Breuer. Project Gutenberg also included the original interior art, which is a way cool thing to do! So now you can read and enjoy these issues without the pulp smell which sometimes screws up my sinuses.
Click on the images to go to the HTML page of each issue or go here for other formats.