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About the Author

Lester del Rey (June 2, 1915-May 10, 1993) was a science fiction author and editor. He was born Leonard Knapp in Saratoga Minnesota, and began writing science fiction during the thirties, mostly for Astounding Science Fiction under John W. Campbell. He wrote numerous stories and novels as Lester del Rey and as Eric van Lhin, Kenneth Wright, and Philip St. John. During the fifties he served as editor for several magazines under a variety of pen names. He eventually became an editor for Ballantine Books and with his wife ran their science fiction division del Rey Books. He won a number of awards for his writing and editing including the 1990 Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for lifetime achievements.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Resurrected Press (December 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935774506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935774501
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,441,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
You're probably used to sf with "clean violence," in which a billion people are killed with the push of a button. In this book, there's very little of that; rather, this novel should be the darling of the Mickey Spillane set. Every two or three pages, someone (usually the protagonist, Bruce Gordon) is attacked with fists, knives, clubs, or guns (not blasters, the old-fashioned type). But this isn't just a crime novel put into space; this is a hard sf novel, and the terraforming of Mars, while not dwelt upon, is central to the story. Give this to your mean, tough brother who beats up sf fans and steals their lunch money. He'll love it...
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This was a gift for my son, an adult male who loved to read Del Ray as a boy, so I bought this book as I read about it being one of those 'little known' works of an author, and I am always intrigued and like to read these. So I purchased it for my son, knowing I'd read it later(as I have).

First his feed back was short and sweet, he loved it, it was very much a detective type novel set on Mars. From my perspective, I had to remember this was science fiction, because the story was so good, I'd forget that the action was on Mars.

It reminded me of the movie Outland, which is a western story set on IO, a moon of Jupiter. In this case, its like a film noir, totally - but set on Mars.

So, if you like film noir type novels, or science fiction, than you will love Police Your Planet.

If you love both, than perfect!

Enjoy!
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A great story, a great adventure, and lots of action and real men! I forgot that stories could be like this! A great story set on Mars, with a noir like hero that lets no one get in this way, kinda like a wise cracking Clint Eastwood type, just plane lots of fun!

Read it! You wont' put it down, its fantastic!
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I was slightly confused by the fact that this was advertised as a book by Lester Del Rey, though the title page said that the author and copywriter was Eric Van Lhin. Perhaps Del Rey was a penname? Or was this a mistake? The story was well-written, and presented a fairly realistic view of a rough and lawless frontier settlement on Mars: “It wasn’t a pretty view that visitors got as they first reached Mars. But nobody except the romantic fools ever thought frontiers were pretty.” Actually, frontiers are beautiful, but the settlements are ugly, both visually and morally. Ex-cop Gordon is exiled with a one-way ticket to this frontier as punishment for excessive honesty. Though he often winds up on the wrong side of the “law,” though that has little meaning in a lawless society, his honesty eventually comes through and he cleans up the planet. Naturally, he blunders into true love along the way.
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A short story more than not. The whole premise seems to be other than what is implied, and yet you enjoy the ride. Our protagonist seems to have been exiled to Mars, a somewhat less than safe place. And for a cop, it is downright difficult, unless you're on the right side. However, our hero is not really on either side, except where it concerns his getting enough money to get off Mars and back home to Earth.

Then there's the girl. There's always a girl. But remember the times in which stories like this were written. So, yeah, the girl has to be there, and she seems to want to kill our hero. There's always a hitch!

If you like Del Rey, you'll like this one, too.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Police Your Planet (1956) is a standalone SF police novel. It is set on Mars in the mid future.

In this novel, Bruce Gordon was a boxer, a policeman, and a journalist. He lifted a Top Secret document and now is banned from Earth.

Mother Corey is the owner of a flop house outside the dome. His word is good.

Sheila Corey is Mother's granddaughter. She was a idealist until she came to Mars.

Isaacs is an honest man. Honest Izzy has a strange idea of honesty.

Ira Whaler is a new Captain in the Marsport Police. He has come from Earth.

In this story, Gordon was given a Yellow ticket to Mars. Solar Security had told him to police his own planet. Then he might be allowed back on Earth.

He decides to get off the bus going to Marsport. He puts on his atmosphere suit and walks to Mother Corey's. Mother reminizes about his marked cards and gives him a room. With the addition of a few more credits, Mother gives his word that no one will enter his room.

Gordon wins a pile at Fat's Place. He gets away from the gambling den, but he feels like he is being followed. Izzy tells him that someone in on his tail and Gordon gives him two hundred credits. Then Izzy tells the gang that his is the man from Fat's Place.

Then Izzy throws in his efforts with Gordon. The two of them are knocked out. When Gordon wakes, Sheila is patching his leaking suit.

Gordon gets her share of his loot back from the girl. She is very angry until being knocked unconscious. Izzy say he has enough to buy into the police.

The Marsport Police are thoroughly corrupted. Gordon makes somes adjustments on the graft payments.
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