Athis is the 168th in my series of seldom read or forgotten books
Planets of Adventure by Murray Leinster, Baen Books October 2003 mass market paperback, science fiction
When reading Astounding Science Fiction (starting in about sixth or seventh grade, I think), I especially loved the stories by Murray Leinster. I could count on a great story, action, a little insight into human nature as it applied to science fictional situations; just solid entertainment. One of my favorite stories was in the March 1956 issue: “Exploration Team”. That story won a Hugo Award. It was the cover story, and the artwork by Ed Emshwiller caught my imagination immediately. It’s remained one of my favorite ASF covers to this day.
Murray Leinster was the pseudonym of William Fitzgerald Jenkins. Jenkins wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays; mystery, alternate history, adventure but is best known for his science fiction under the Leinster name.
When I spotted this Baen collection recently, I had to buy it. Both of the “novels” here are really sets of short stories tied together by a central theme, “fix-ups” as they are sometimes called. But as I found when reading them years ago, the stories can be read singly and enjoyed without needing The Bigger Picture.
This paperback (some or all of the contents may be found in various ebooks or ebook bundles, if you prefer) is packed with terrific stories, the kind of thing that made me love science fiction when I first started reading it, and the stuff I still love to this day. If you haven’t read anything by Leinster, or if it’s been a long time, go ahead and treat yourself. This is fun stuff.
As George Kelley sometimes says, this makes me want to drop everything and read this book.