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Deathworld (Deathworld Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1987

4.3 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Deathworld Series

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Harry Harrison, author of innumerable science fiction novels and stories, divides his time between Ireland and California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Deathworld Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (April 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441142109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441142101
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,693,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I was young and in school I was constantly being sent to my room to study. I fear to report here that I was like an alcoholic who has bottle hidden all over the place, but in my case it was books; science fiction books to be precise. I also confess to being one of those kids that had books hidden in my test books which I read during class and having had those books constantly impounded by my teachers. Science Fiction, per se, was rather looked down upon at that time and I am sure that our school librarian was at a loss to know what to do with all the John Carter of Mars, Conan, Doc Savage and endless Heinlein, Bradbury and others of the Old Breed when she received them. In those days, once you received your first warning of the year...they kept the books! They probably should have dedicated a wing of the library to me.

In the late 1960s I was on my way to catch a plane bound for Europe, Spain and eventually N. Africa. This was going to be a long, long trip on a military aircraft, so in preparation I found a small book store the night before departure and stocked up. One of those books (If I remember right, I paid less than two dollars for it), Was the one being reviewed here...'Deathword (Deathworld Trilogy) by Harry Harrison. Now I knew nothing of this book but I was and still am a big fan of Harrison, so I snatched this one up. This was right after New Years Day. Since that time I have began each year by reading this book. It has become sort of a tradition. In a few days I will be reading it again.

The Deathword Trilogy is actually three books, all linked to make up one story. Each book is relatively short and each is a rather quick read. These books, or book if you will, take us back to the hay day of the pulp space opera.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's a darned shame that this book spends most of its time out of print. (Or for all I know, all of its time out of print nowadays.) The trilogy is one of Harrison's best "machinegun typewriter" books by far. The opening premise of the first novel is that "Deathworld" is a jungle planet teeming with life that evolves with a speed and ferocity unlike any other planet in the universe. To survive for even a moment on the surface you must be superbly trained and superbly armed and prepared to kill hordes of clever and supremely deadly predators. And then you need to figure out how to get work done in the meanwhile!
And obviously, people with the skills needed to survive on Deathworld might find work elsewhere ... in sequels perhaps.
A slightly different flavor than the Stainless Steel Rat but nonetheless terrific non-stop action. Grab the next copy you see.
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A classic from the old 'boys school of space opera' (like Heinlein's juveniles). All 3 are very short novels, they are a very quick read, with lots of action and improbable last-minute escapes. The settings are the most interesting parts of the drama, and how these settings affect the characters that live on these death-dealing planets. The protagonist is a pretty typical super-skilled quick-witted know-it-all, but is fairly likeable -- the con artist with the heart of gold.
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I bought this book on a whim as I waited for a friend to arrive at Penn Station in 1978. I was so enthralled that I almost missed his arrival! It is really that good. Compossed before the PC era of Mr Harrison (when no one dies and all "good people", fight for "equality and social justice", it concerns the ultimate expression of darwinism on a planatary scale. A race of people whose homeland is literlary evolving to kill them, will of need themselves evolve to become the most leathal race of men in the galaxy.(Ok, so Dune was first!) Sarcasm, wit and action, ballanced with just the right level of homocidal ferver and hair splitting suspence! A true 70s must read!
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Harry Harrison is a science fiction writer of great talent. His "Deathworld Trilogy" is a connected series of stories about the protagonist Jason dinAlt (who has many names) who gets into some high adventure with dangerous humanity and suffers the consequences. In the first book we meet the Pyrrans, a superrace evolved on a hostile planet where climate and flora/fauna are against these powerful people. Jason, a smart hustler, chooses to join these people out of a feeling of inferiority (and wait till you see his new Pyrran girlfriend Meta). Reluctantly they agree to take him.

The adventures of the novels are based on Earth history--the Mongols, for instance. These adventures are detailed with lush backgrounds about the respective human-derived civilizations on far-flung planets, and are brutal. The reader will get a very well put together history with science fiction action. This is true science fiction and be prepared to take a thrill ride.
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Format: Hardcover
The Deathworld trilogy is three novels/novelettes in one. The stories
revolve around a group of people who colonize a world that really doesn't
want them there. Everything that creeps, crawls or flies attacks the
colonists with tooth, claw and stinger. Even some plants get in on the
act. An outsider is brought in who determines what the problem is, and
gives them a temporary solution. The others stories are about the efforts
of the colonists, who are all strong, rugged people, to find an alternate
home. The anachronism for me was the obvious twentieth century weapons
technology in a future involving interstellar travel. But if you can
suspend your disbelief it's still a good read.
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