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Planetary Adventures Kindle Edition
“The Temple of Earth” by Poul Anderson
“World of the Dark Dwellers” by Edmond Hamilton
“The Eyes of Thar” by Henry Kuttner
“The Empress of Mars” by Ross Rocklynne
“Man of Two Worlds” by Bryce Walton
- ASIN : B0977KK8P1
- Publisher : DMR Books (June 13, 2021)
- Publication date : June 13, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2175 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 174 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #559,343 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You can't buy a First Class ticket to Barsoom these days, but two of these stories were good second class. Kuttner's "Eyes of Thar" could have been a Northwest Smith or John Eric Stark story, and Rocklynne's "Empress of Mars" is first-rate pastiche Burroughs--more so, really, than a lot of the later Burroughs Mars books. Very glad to find this, and I'll be happy to buy Planetary Adventures II if he can do it again.
Note: DMR Books has already announced that Prehistoric Adventures and Viking Adventures are on deck for more excellent escapism. Fantastic!
DMR continues the uncanny ability of knowing exactly what I want to read. The names Poul Anderson, Henry Kuttner and Edmond Hamilton were enough to get me to punch my ticket for the rocket ride, but they added two, new to me, authors: Ross Rocklynne and Bryce Walton.
Five stories make up this fast paced book. Even though I’m familiar with Anderson, Kuttner and Hamilton, all three of their stories I had not encountered before.
The stand out story for me was the last (and longest) “Man of Two Worlds” by Bryce Walton. Walton gives us a planetary adventure steeped in famous mythology. It was a treat to read. Side note, while reading the last story it reminded me of Dan Simmons’ Ilium/Olympos series. I wonder if Mr Simmons encountered it before?
These stories were published in the 30s/40s/50s in rags with names like Rocket Stories and Space Stories. They are not modern and might be off-putting to some modern readers; however, if like me, you enjoy Edgar Rice Burroughs and Otis Adelbert Kline and can place nostalgia above modernity, you will enjoy this book.
Snag it. Read it. It’s DMR, you can’t go wrong.
The Temple of Earth by Poul Anderson
Rikard and his companions are running for their lives. Living as criminals on the fringe of lunar society, they have nowhere left to hide. A deal with the devil will upset the status quo.
Anderson always delivers the goods. It's nightmarish to imagine living in a hostile environment with finite resources. Probably not as scary to someone born to it like the characters of the story though.
World of the Dark Dwellers by Edmond Hamilton
First person perspective, my favorite!
A death bed confession sends Eric North on a journey and adventure beyond his wildest dreams. A usurped throne is the prize, but the Dark Dwellers will not be denied.
This so reminded me of the Darwath books by Barbara Hambly. I wonder if she was inspired by this story or is it all coincidence? Regardless, if you like this story seek out Hambly's Darwath books; they're worth it.
I've only recently learned to love Hamilton's sci-fi adventure stories. I always assumed what he wrote wouldn't be something that would appeal to me, but I was dead wrong. Thanks to DMR Books I've discovered another author to enjoy.
The Eyes of Thar by Henry Kuttner
With the death of his love, Samuel Dantan has turned outlaw. The authorities are hot on his heels, it's only a matter of time before they run him to ground. Finding an unexpected place to hide Dantan meets a stranger who is a dead ringer for his love, with her own set of problems.
This story begins quite a bit like a revenge western, which I dug quite a bit. The rest of the story? Meh. Kuttner is an author I feel I should read more of, but the few things I've read I just end up feeling indifferent about.
The Empress of Mars by Ross Rocklynne
Another first person perspective story!
Darak of Werg is searching for his Princess. She was abducted by the Empress of Mars. The Empress will not be satisfied until all of Mars is under her heel. Darak's quest has one problem, he has never laid eyes upon his princess. An unexpected ally will assist him in his quest.
This is the first Rocklynne story I have read. It's really a heroic fantasy story set on Mars. Enjoyable, I wouldn't mind reading a few more like it. Although the love at first sight theme gets tiresome in these type of stories. Also Rocklynne is given to using footnotes. Footnotes can be interesting but in this case I found them a nuisance and distraction from what is going on. Add those details into your manuscript not as a footnote.
Man of Two Worlds by Bryce Walton
Bryce Walton is an author I've never heard of. His story may be the longest in the collection.
A group of outcasts are being persecuted. Discovery of some ancient gateways to other times and places gives the outcasts a place to flee. They find themselves on an ancient Mars with many names very familiar to Earth's ancient past. The truth will turn an ancient Earth myth on its ear.
The story was interesting, but Walton tends to be repetitive and redundant. I guess he just wants to hammer the point down. Also a certain barbarian from Cimmeria makes an appearance, which was both surprising and jarring.
Another fine anthology to add to my collection. Some stories I enjoyed more than others, but overall each provided elements that I enjoy in my fiction. Of course there is always a big thank you to DMR Books for dusting these stories off and putting them in book format.