Planet of the Damned

Cover image for


Author: Harry Harrison (Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Published: 1962
Language: English
Wordcount: 56,738 / 166 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 14,180
Added to site: 2007.06.20 17368

Hugo nominated in 1962, originally published in Analog Science Fact-Science Fiction as "Sense of Obligation." Brion has just won the Twenties, a global competition to test achievements in 20 categories of human activities -- but before he can enjoy his victory he's forced to leave his homeworld to help salvage Dis, the most hellish planet in the galaxy.

Show Excerpt

both of these noble institutions without an instant's thought. All of you haven't a single thought for the past, for the untold billions who led the bad life as mankind slowly built up the good life for you to lead. Do you ever think of all the people who suffered and died in misery and superstition while civilization was clicking forward one more slow notch?"

"Of course I don't think about them," Brion retorted. "Why should I? I can't change the past."

"But you can change the future!" Ihjel said. "You owe something to the suffering ancestors who got you where you are today. If Scientific Humanism means anything more than just words to you, you must possess a sense of responsibility. Don't you want to try and pay off a bit of this debt by helping others who are just as backward and disease-ridden today as great-grandfather Troglodyte ever was?"

The hammering on the door was louder. This and the drug-induced buzzing in Brion's ear made thinking difficult. "Abstractly, I of course agree wi


Average Rating of 4.2 from 6 reviews: *****

As in his novel _Deathworld_, the author builds much of the story line around the idea of human physiological adaptations to alien environments. It was a pleasant surprise to find this Hugo-nominated book here. Thank you, manybooks!

Sardo Weems

Good adventure yarn. I liked that of the two worlds where the action took place, neither was a perfect Earth-type planet; both required mutations and/or symbiosis for humans to exist. Of course, everyone ended up speaking American.

The action was nonstop and seemingly futile as the hours counted down to the planet Dis' destruction.

Leah A. Zeldes

"What can one man possibly do against a fleet loaded with H-bombs?"

Quite a lot if he's brawny Brion Brandd, Winner of Anvhar. Harrison adds some biology to his fast-moving action, but this is a typical space opera of the 1950s and '60s, complete with romantic interest (restrained enough not to offend the teenage boys who were likely its main audience) and intrepid hero, fighting dauntlessly against all odds.

Goldfish Stew

This book has aged relatively well - apart from the derring do and sexual politics of the 60s looking more than a little dated. The story itself - of a misled people following a suicidal terrorist elite - fits today's environment as well as it fit the Cold War environment it was written for.

R Stephan

Fast agent action in a SF setting, influenced by the Cold War situation of the time. Well written and worth a read.


I thought this was pretty good for a pulpy space-adventure. Nothing mind blowing, but the writing was clear and it moved fast, and the action was good.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

Open Minds

Mindjack Saga Book 1
Susan Kaye Quinn

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a danger... Read more

Cover image for Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison - Free eBook


True Alpha 1
Alisa Woods

Shifters in Seattle Desired (True Alpha 1) Ne... Read more

Cover image for Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

Rise of The Iron Eagle

The Iron Eagle Series Book 1
Roy A. Teel Jr.

Is The Iron Eagle a psychotic serial killer?Read more

Cover image for Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

XGeneration 1

You Don't Know Me (XGeneration Series)
Brad Magnarella

In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between... Read more

Cover image for Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

Drive, Ride, Repeat

The Mostly-True Account of a Cross-Country Car and Bicycle Adventure
Al Macy

Author Al Macy is a character and a tightwad wi... Read more

Cover image for Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

I Bring the Fire

Part I: Wolves (A Loki Story)
C. Gockel

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

See more popular titles from this genre.