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THE CONVULSING EARTH HAD SHATTERED CIVILIZATION - AND SOMETHING WAS MOVING IN TO PICK UP THE PIECES
Mal was heading across an America ravaged by worldwide earthquakes when he ran into a dying stranger who babbled of men who weren't really men. The stranger had an unusual gold coin in his pocket which no expert could identify, and soon, Mal was to discover some things who wanted that coin were on his trail. . . .
Steve Dravek awoke in a nightmarish city and immediately had to fight for his life against ruthless organ-stealing gangs. His last memories are of a vanished time from over a century ago. And someone is hunting him through the dark city, someone who seems to know him better than he knows himself. . . .
The commander of the spaceship fleet that just annihilated the enemy armada has decided to become world dictator unless his second in command can stop him. . . .
A national test condemns a man to a life of unskilled labor, unless he can find a way around the system. . . .
A full-length novel, and a host of short novels and more fill an action-packed volume by the master of science fiction adventure.
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"Spare, clean prose style and muscular storytelling technique . . . when the final word is read, the reader comes away with both a sense of completion and a desire for the tale to go on . . . forever, if possible."
"You're about to have fun."
"One of the most productive and popular writers of science fiction."
". . . adventure tales that are brisk, light and sardonic . . ."
"Laumer is a master . . ."
"Tautly written and endless suspense . . . excellent . . ."
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Copyright 2003 by Baen Books.
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.
Previously published by Baen Books.
Catastrophe Planet (aka The Breaking Earth) was first published by Berkley in 1966. "The Walls" was first published in Amazing, March 1963. "Cocoon" was first published in Fantastic, December 1962. "Founder's Day" was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1966. "Placement Test" was first published in Amazing, July 1964. "Worldmaster" was first published in Worlds of Tomorrow, November 1965. "The Day Before Forever" was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1967.
Cover art by Richard Martin.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
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I held the turbo-car at a steady hundred and forty, watching the strip of cracked pavement that had been Interstate 10 unreel behind me, keeping a sharp eye ahead through the dust and volcanic smog for any breaks in the pavement too wide for the big car to jump. A brand-new six-megahorse job, it ...Back to top
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Reviewed by cgarri on Mar 14, 2012
Film Noir meets Sci Fi
A good collection of stories. The longest two, the first and last, feature a loner tough guy working through a mystery. Each has a femme fatale, though she is a key player only in the first, and a world spanning evil organisation. And, in a seldom used ordering, the last is better than the first. I called them Film Noir because I'm not familiar with the literary classification for the Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe style novels.
The shorter stories in the middle were OK, too, though for the life of me, I can't remember a single one right now.
Reviewed by ryanorion16 on Sep 4, 2009
Plenty of fun characters and short but insightful stories. great for a morning wake-up.
Reviewed by receptionista on Mar 19, 2009
this was a fun read; most of the stories had a sort of "hard boiled" detective quality to them, there were interesting twists, and while the stories weren't all connected, they did share some of the same terminology and backgrounds. some of the stories i found a bit repetitive, and as a woman i did find the end of "catastrophe planet" a little laughable. overall, a good series of stories!
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