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I’m sure it’ll be somewhat dated, but I recall it as a fun read. All are buoyed up by the hero’s acid humor and some clever desthworld. As the prejudices between the two cultures are generations old, the two communities cannot simply merge.

Finally, there have been numerous supernovae in its vicinity, meaning that planets in the area are rich in radioactive ores.

Deathworld Trilogy

As a result, the ecosystem identified the settlers as another natural catastrophe, turning their force and psi-induced rapid evolution against them. You just point your arm deatbworld whatever it is, tense your muscles, and blam!

Some grubbers theorize that the initial schism was a disagreement over the city’s location, in which the ancestors of the grubbers abandoned the dangerous ground in favor of their current homes.

Pyrrus needs ships and weapons. The story arc was intricate enough to propel from one segment to another and keep me guessing as to the final trajectory and yet the whole progression felt fairly natural. Three Harrison books in a week!

However, Pyrrans can survive where others cannot. Jan 31, Christopher rated it really liked it. And it wasn’t quite so bad back then. The main character, Jason, is sufficiently narcissistic, believing that his own psionic abilities make him superior to others, especially in gambling.


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If, as I believe, Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical response to books like Heinlein Ra ‘s Starship Troopers and The Forever War by Joe HaldemanDeathworld is Harrison’s original work that looks at how Humanity handles conflict change, crisis and stress which include war, however it’s more likely about the Korean War, since we were not yet fully into Vietnam in Jason offers the barbarian leader his greatest wish, to conquer the rest of the continent.

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If I ever find myself on a Deathworld where turnip cultivation determines my survival, best just bury me with a simple headstone. He talks to people, asking for their records. Jason goes outside of the city to find what he is looking for.

That this war can be ended and he sets about trying to do just that A professional gambler with psychic powers explores and then solves the social problems of a society that evolved on a world that tries to kill them at every opportunity.

There are a great many similarities between the hero of this series, Jason DinAlt, and the more famous ‘Slippery Jim’ DiGriz of Harrison’s ‘Stainless Steel Rat’ series, leading many fans of Harrison’s work to consider Deathworld as hary ‘trial run’ of the Stainless Steel Rat character, testing out what aspects of the intended hero work and what do not. This is a pretty lame book. Here I kneel, supplicant before you, begging to differ!


I confess I started the second novel in the trilogy but couldn’t face it. Most reviewers miss the point I believe Harry was trying to make – how to stop wars. Thank you again for the recommendation Jim.

Deathworld 1 (Deathworld, #1) by Harry Harrison

In this one, Jason gets kidnapped by a humorless prig to face trial and execution for cheating at gambling on a harrisoh world; he manages to shipwreck himself eeathworld the prig on a primitive world of constantly-warring technological guilds.

View all 12 comments. But he takes harridon casino for so much that he has to escape with the stranger. The world building is where this book really shines, Pyrrus is a great setting for an old-school sci-fi adventure with danger and monstrosities lurking in every corner, even in a sealed building something can slip through and take your leg off.

One is an agrarian society living in towns and cities; the other is composed of nomadic clans that constantly fight amongst each other, strongly reminiscent of the Mongols before they invaded China and settled down.

And when the whole thing is over, you’ve actually learned something useful. The unadaptable junkmen can instead adapt these wild frontiers into colonies—as history’s first professional pioneers. Thanks for telling us about the problem.