Four-Day Planet

Author: H. Beam Piper
Published: 1961
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,859 / 161 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.4
LoC Category: PS
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Dangerous beasts, impossible weather, and political intrigue on the planet Fenris, a backwater planet with days that last a quarter of a year.

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the position in my mind and then looked around at the crowd.

Among them were two men, both well dressed. One was tall and slender, with small hands and feet; the other was short and stout, with a scrubby gray-brown mustache. The slender one had a bulge under his left arm, and the short-and-stout job bulged over the right hip. The former was Steve Ravick, the boss of the Hunters' Co-operative, and his companion was the Honorable Morton Hallstock, mayor of Port Sandor and consequently the planetary government of Fenris.

They had held their respective positions for as long as I could remember anything at all. I could never remember an election in Port Sandor, or an election of officers in the Co-op. Ravick had a bunch of goons and triggermen--I could see a couple of them loitering in the background--who kept down opposition for him. So did Hallstock, only his wore badges and called themselves police.

Once in a while, Dad would write a blistering editorial about one or the other or both of t

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Average Rating of 3.7 from 7 reviews: ****
2014.06.23
bhold
*****

This is a well written blend of sci-fi and crime genres. I found the book entertaining - good plot, interesting characters, and plenty of action.

2014.06.13
JoJo Biggins
*....

A big disappointment. While the writing (grammar, spelling, structure, etc.) is good, there's not much action, not much plot, and really not much going on. I skimmed much of the story, and was bored with the rest.

2014.01.28
Henry L. Ratliff
****.

(1961) Sci-fi (Other world) / Adventure (Criminal)
R: * * * *
Plot bullets


  • The planet Fenris rotates four times per the Terran standard and each of the four days has one thousand hours of sunlight.

  • The chief export is a tallow wax extracted from sea monsters that roam the waters. This is not just any wax. It has special properties and is sought for, all over the universe.

  • There are rumors that the price per unit of tallow will go down, and that has the Monster Hunters on edge.

  • A newspaper man, his father (the editor) and others try to expose what appears to be price fixing by the companies buying the wax.

  • All is not well on Fenris and will get worse on that, Four-Day Planet.


2007.03.05
R Stephan
****.

What I like about 60s SF is that the authors were fascinated with all kind of unusual astronomical environments, e.g., the planet with a 100-day day. That, correct technology and a good adventure/detective story makes good, though not excellent, reading.

2007.03.05
Arvid
****.

It looks like everybody's reviews hit the same four stars. I don't think Piper ever got the recognition he deserved while he was alive; of course is that's why so much of his work is in the public domain now. Which is kind of sad, but good for us! I remember reading this book in particular when I was about 12, and then was never able to find it again: I could remember everything about it except the title! Thanks to Manybooks for making so much forgotten sci-fi available to a new generation!

2007.01.30
John C
****.

One of the few SciFi short story writers I haven't read, that I've sorely missed. A very good mix of depth, adventure, and storyline...really enjoyable for filling the moments between commute stops while going to work and back.

One of very few scifi books I'd be able to hand my children to ignite their interest in reading science fiction.

2006.06.04
Doug Hillard
****.

More about politics, in the end -- but the adventure bits are fun, and the narrator is one of those Heinlein type kids, smart and adventurous.

Basically a good pulp sci-fi book.


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