dimarts, 2 d’agost de 2016

the author spends several pages just rambling on about what the dangerous giant insects are doing. Maybe this is an attempt to paint a picture of just how dangerous this Forgotten Planet is. Or maybe the insects are actually the main characters of the book. I can't tell. The cavemen were just as boring as the bugs. I stuck with the book into the second installment hoping for a drastic change, but these cavemen are still just dicking around in the mushroom forest fighting the same 4 species of giant insect over and over. I can't tell where this book is going and I stopped caring a while ago. The "forgotten" planet had been seeded for life, first with microbes and later with plants and insects. A third expedition, intended to complete the seeding with animals, never occurred. Over the millennia the insects and plants grew to gigantic sizes. The action of the novel describes the fight for survival by descendants of a crashed spaceship as they battle wolf-sized ants, flies the size of chickens, and gigantic flying wasps o AR ERA PURO E RESPIRÁVEL NUM PLANETA SEM VIDA O QUE LEVA A ACREDITAR EM DEUS E NAS BOTIJAS DE AR GLOBAIS PARAMÉCIAS GIGANTES COMO UVAS COGUMELOS MONSTRUOSOS SEMEARAM PLANTAS E PEIXES NO MAR E DEIXARAM CÂMARAS FRIGORÍFICAS COM OVOS DE INSECTOS UMA NAVE CHEGA E 40 GERAÇÕES OU MIL ANOS DEPOIS SELVAGENS POVOAM O PLANETA

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There is a wonderful old term used to describe a feature of Golden Age science fiction novels: BEM, an acronym for “bug-eyed monsters.” Back in the 1930s and ‘40s, you see, the covers of many sci-fi pulp magazines featured illustrations of bulbous-orbed, invariably menacing aliens and other creatures; just do a Google Image search for the Thrilling Wonder Storiesperiodical and you’ll see what I mean! But anyone wanting to actually READ a book with more BEMs than any 10 other sci-fi books of the era combined would be well advised to pick up Murray Leinster’s The Forgotten Planet. This Golden Age classic not only features bug-eyed monsters, but also monsters — and scads of them — that just happen to be giant bugs! Leinster (1896 – 1975), who was born William Fitzgerald Jenkins in Norfolk, Virginia, would go on to write some 40 sci-fi novels and 10 books of short stories, copping a Hugo Award for his novelette “Exploration Team” in 1956. Along with Sidewise in Time (1950) and Colonial Survey (1956), however, he is perhaps best known for this tale of hypertrophied insects run amok. The contents of the book originally appeared as three separate stories: “The Mad Planet” (in the 6/20 issue of Argosy All-Story, the publication that also ran many Tarzan and John Carter outings by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as works by Abraham Merritt), “The Red Dust” (in the 4/21 Argosy) and “Nightmare Planet” (in the 6/53 issue ofScience Fiction Plus); Leinster cobbled the three into a “fix-up novel” that initially appeared as a Gnome Press hardcover in 1954.
In The Forgotten Planet, the reader is introduced to the titular world, one which is never vouchsafed a name by the author. A sterile, barren hunk of rock, the world had been seeded by Earth ships with bacteria to break down the minerals into soil. Almost 1,000 years later, another ship had seeded the world with all sorts of plant and insect life, after which a “card file was upset” and the recorded details of the planet were lost. Hence, the nameless world was completely forgotten (more on this in a moment), and when the spaceliner Icarus crash-landed there many years later, with several thousand passengers, there was no hope of rescue. Some 40 generations later still, in the lowlands of the forgotten planet, the descendants of the Icarus passengers live in a state of reverted barbarism, subsisting on the ubiquitous giant fungi and cowering from the teeming swarms of gigantic insects (more on this in a moment, too) that rampage everywhere. We meet Burl, a 20-year-old, and the other members of his small tribe, who exist in their primitive state with no knowledge of fire or even basic tools. Burl’s lot is completely changed one day, however, when he is accidentally swept 40 miles down the local river, floating atop a large piece of fungus. In the book’s first section, Burl makes his way back to his tribe alone, learning to think and use tools and weapons (the broken legs of dead beetles make for handy spears!) while fighting off monster spiders and fleeing from a marauding swarm of giant army ants. In the book’s middle section, Burl must lead his tribe to a new location, to escape the advent of the red puffball fungi, whose spore dust causes instant death. Finally, in the concluding segment, Burl decides to lead his tribe of 20 out of the swamplike lowlands completely, and up to the mountainous heights, where the course of life on the forgotten planet will be changed forever…
Leinster’s novel asks the reader to swallow two very implausible propositions as it proceeds. First, the matter of a lost punch card that results in the planet being forgotten for centuries. Putting aside the matter of Leinster’s seeming belief that we will be using punch cards rather than computers to store information hundreds of years in the future, I could accept this plot point; after all, there ARE billions of worlds in this galaxy alone, so perhaps forgetting about one of them is not too implausible after all (and I suppose it IS possible that those punch cards are meant to be used with computers).  

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