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Planet of the Damned

Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison
By: (b. 1925)

Once in a generation, a man is born with a heightened sense of empathy. Brion Brandd used this gift to win the Twenties, an annual physical and mental competition among the best and smartest people on Anvhar. But scarcely able to enjoy his victory, Brandd is swept off to the hellish planet Dis where he must use his heightened sense of empathy to help avert a global nuclear holocaust by negotiating with the blockading fleet, traversing the Disan underworld, and cracking the mystery of the savagely ruthless magter.

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[Transcriber's note: This etext was produced from the 1962 book publication of the story, which was originally published in Analog Science Fact Science Fiction, Sept. Nov. 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the copyright on this publication was renewed.]


Brion entered the temple and stood as if rooted to the ground. There was a horror in this place it clung to everything. Muffled and hooded men stood silent and unmoving about the room, their attention rigidly focused on a figure in the center. Brion wondered how he knew they were men only their eyes showed, eyes completely empty of expression yet somehow reminding him of a bird of prey.

Then suddenly the figure in the center moved. It was a weird, crazily menacing action and in an instant Brion knew he had found the enemy, the source of the evil that infected the PLANET OF THE DAMNED.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - January 13, 2015
Subject: Planet of the Damned
Great fun, classic scifi. Harry Harrison always delivers. I had to laugh at the book cover...once you read the story you will see how hilarious it is. A story filled with likable people who have good character, and do the right thing. The alien planet's ecology and the inhabitants' adaptations were realistic and unique.

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