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Deathworld 1 (Deathworld #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  4,032 ratings  ·  176 reviews
The planet was called Pyrrus...a strange place where all the beasts, plants and natural elements were designed for one specific purpose: to destroy man.
The settlers there were supermen...twice as strong as ordinary men and with milli-second reflexes. They had to be. For their business was murder...
It was up to Jason dinAlt, interplanetary gambler, to discover why Pyrrus ha
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Paperback, 157 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Orbit (first published 1960)
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Dan Schwent
When professional gambler Jason dinAlt is hired to run a stake up into the billions by some colonists, he is intrigued by tales of their world and opts to return to it. However, Pyrrus is the most hostile world in the universe, with every life form bent on the extermination of the colonists, even the plant life.

I read a few of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books years ago and decided to give this one a try. It was free on the Kindle so the price was right.

Deathworld is a tale of man vs. e
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Elizabeth
3. 5 stars. Easy-reading adventuring fun times on the planet of DEATH! This book is every ingredient from pre-1960 sf history stirred into one ridiculous romptastic read. Buff heroes, beautiful lady - (but just the ONE apparently in the ENTIRE WORLD), spaceships, monstrous alien beasts, telepathy, logic and "science" saves the day, with a helping hand from rugged manly devil-may-care hero and his James Bond ethics. All that in 150 pages. And there was even time for gambling, booze and sex. Rock ...more
Manny
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Deathworld

By Harry Harrison

Since I can't find The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat for Kindle and I can't find my hard copy, or the time to read a hard copy, I read Deathworld. Thank you again for the recommendation Jim.

Deathworld was first published in 1961 (maybe earlier). This is a classic science fiction story. 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 Haldeman, Deathworld is Harrison's o
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Jakob
Jun 26, 2011 Jakob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Enjoyable story about a planet... OF DEATH! Pretty fun tale about karma (kind of). In death world the ecology of a planet seems hellbent on killing its human inhabitants to the degree that evolution has steered the plants and animals in such a way that all their offensive and defensive traits are specifically geared towards killing and maiming humans. The funny thing is the humans have only been on the planet for a few hundred years, not nearly enough time for any kind of evolution to respond to ...more
notgettingenough
Written as a pair with The Invisible Code.

I did manage after some encouragement from the ranks to get over that and I'm glad I did. It's a good bad-book. The Wildside edition I read was horribly proofread, but not nearly as badly as the academic books I've been reading lately. Nothing, at any rate, that distracted me from a punchy story, good characterisation as sci fi goes and a really interesting idea for world in which the story takes place.

As it happens I next picked up The Invisible Code b
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Andrew
This book and the subsequent two sequels are examples again of me picking up books on my travels and not getting round to reading them years later. The book was originally published in the 60s where as my copy was from the 80s, however it has never really been far from print even to this day. Harry Harrison is an intriguing character - his works go the from the classics like, Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! and Make room, make room which was then turned in to Soylent Green all the way to his comic ...more
Bobby Lundy
Jason Dinalt is a profesonal gambler with psychic powers that helps him in the casinos. He was hired by a man named Kirk Pyrrus. Jason went in to a casino on the job and had to win 3 billion credits for kirk. When he won Jason went with kirk to his home planet. It is a planet known to be a literal death world. The planet of pyrrus has twice earths gravity and every thing on the planet is made to kill humans. Jason finds out that the natives of pyrrus do not know there own history. The only thin ...more
Karen
You know how there are free books for Kindle, especially older books, maybe especially out-of-print or not-so-widely-read books? And you know how you sometimes have to take a six-hour plane trip somewhere and you know you're not going to sleep? And you know how sometimes you just want mental Cheetos? Yes? I have a book for you.
Roddy Williams
Written around the same time as Harrison’s close friend and colleague Aldiss’ ‘Hothouse’ this is a relatively uncomplicated adventure, but one which breaks some ground, and which has a surprising longevity and almost cult popularity. It has spawned two immediate sequels and recently it seems Harrison collaborated on several Russian language Deathworld novels which have not (as yet) been released in an English translation.
So, Jason da Lint, bored interstellar gambler and psi practitioner is appro
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Mharper Harper
You know when a song comes on the radio from your teen-age years and you fly backwards in time, and later, you wonder if the song really had any quality to it. This is the way I read Harrison's books.

When I was young I read all of the Stainless Steel Rat novels and thought they were cool. They entered into my daydreams.

The set up in the first part of Deathworld is amazing. A population of tough guys-- fearless, smart, and prone to violence-- known the universe over, are locked in a struggle for
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Christopher
Science Fiction lacks some of the categorization that Fantasy has, and it suffers for it. On the Fantasy side of the fence, you have Epic Fantasy with its items of power and dark overlords and evil empires and prophecies and young heroes rising from obscurity to change the universe -- and then you Sword & Sorcery which is much smaller in scale -- one guy (usually) getting into a lot of trouble, and then getting out of trouble, but usually without upsetting the socio-political-economic fabric ...more
Raja99
Why I Read This Book: A friend of mine had posted a note about this book on our SF mailing list with a spoiler warning, so I decided to (re)read this book so I could read the note. ;-)

The book is available via Project Gutenberg, and thus was very convenient to load into Stanza on my iPad.

I read and enjoyed this book (actually, the entire trilogy) as a teenager, but remembered very little about it now. (Well, except for the main character's name, talent, and the customary weapon on Pyrrhus.) I en
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Al
Jason dinAlt is a gambler who ends up on a VERY dangerous world. His future is highly unlikely to last beyond his first step outside the human compound.

But of course, he does survive (or else the book would have been VERY short) and endeavors to find out why the local flora and fauna are so inimical.

Harrison rarely disappoints me and this book is no exception. It has his usual style and subtle digs at "normalcy". It's not as outrageous as his "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but there are a few "lo
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Olethros
-Otras formas y otros tiempos.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Jason dinAlt es un aventurero y jugador profesional acostumbrado a luchar contra los grandes casinos del espacio conocido. Cuando Kerk Pyrrus, embajador del planeta Pyrrus de aspecto impresionante y capacidades todavía más sobresalientes, le propone jugar para él con una cantidad enorme de dinero y conseguir una todavía más importante, Jason acepta y acabará metiéndose en toda una aventura. Primer volumen de la saga El Mu
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Noel Coughlan
Death World is a really entertaining read. Jason dinAlt is the hero, a gambler with psionic abilities who is hired by the ambassador of planet Pyrrus (hint, hint) to engineer a gambling coup. He ends up visiting Pyrrus, the most deadly planet ever colonised by humans. All plant and animal life is predatory, and the colonists are locked in a ceaseless battle with them. The colonists, despite their incredible toughness and discipline are slowly losing the battle. Jason sets out to understand this ...more
David
This one really shows its age as Science Fiction. Many of the gadgets, etc. are now reality-- but still-- Harrison pushes the concept of Psi adept folks and that one is still not something we see everyday.

The lead character is a gambler who seems to "feel" the dice. He's given a job by a shady character with a hefty bankroll and goes in and uses his psi ability to make more money than he's ever seen in his life. At this point characterization begins to break down a bit. He decides that gambling
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Lammoth
Оригиналната трилогията на Хари Харисън се оказа не само много приятна приключенска поредица в космоса, но и истинска епопея на рационалното мислене, осмиващо суеверното начало и неговото тесногръдие.

Джейсън динАлт е авантюрист, който мами с хитрост и умения казината из вселената. Един ден получава необичайна поръчка, която го довежда на Пиръс - изключително опасна планета, чиято сурова среда е накарала еволюцията да създаде смъртоносни за човека отровни растения и чудовищни животни. Като спомен
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Julia
This book was a lot of fun to read. I almost stopped after the first few chapters, because it seemed to be written more for a middle school boys audience. But I kept going, and quickly got into the mindset where I could really enjoy the adventures on this crazy, mixed up planet. It had only been colonized for 300 years, but now half of the population was continually targeted for death by every animal, insect, and plant, while the other half was able to live in harmony with the environment. Each ...more
Karo
“The Deathworld”
I`m going to tell you about the book I read. Its name is “Deathworld” by Harry Harrison. The “Deathworld” is written in Science Fiction genre, so the storyline is full of things that are either fantastic or are not explored yet.
Let`s speak a bit about storyline. This book is about a man in the future whose name is Jason din Alt who meets by chance a man from a far planet called Pyrrus. Jason helps him to win money using his telepathical abilities in gambling and accompanies Kerk
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D.R.
I read this book about 50 years ago. I still remember scenes from it today as they are etched into my mind. What I liked about it most was that it was about a world that humankind had settled and was the most dangerous place they had every encountered. To stay alive, the colonist had to react to danger before they had a chance to think about it or they were dead. Everything was against them from the bacteria to plants to animals to the very geography of the planet. I'm glad to find a kindle vers ...more
Jeff R Hawkins
Better than I remember.

It has been many years since I read a Harry Harrison book. This one is even better than the ones I remember loving at the time.
I've stayed up all night reading it too, which I'm sure I will regret in about two hours.
Characters are ... decent, though not the kind you get strongly attached to. Partly for that reason, I would call this "hard" science fiction.
The plot is fascinating, and the situations are riveting. Constantly changing, also. Decent amount of action.
Ray
Deathworld by Harry Harrison. This science fiction book begins with a killer premise. The hero, Jason dinAlt, is whisked away to the planet Pyrrus, where every living thing, plant and animal, is implacably driven to destroy the human inhabitants. As a result of their constant life-or-death conditioning, the Pyrrans have developed almost superhuman reflexes and weapons skills, becoming the best soldiers in the universe. But despite these abilities, the humans are inexorably losing their fight aga ...more
Andy
Dec 28, 2012 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi, 60s
An enjoyable sci-fi novella from the 60s, with most of the charms of that era and genre. Jason DinAlt, a quick-witted, gambling rogue, finds himself stuck on a "death planet" where all of nature appears to have evolved to fight and kill the human colonists clinging to a fragile life and society there. It's an ecological parable much simpler and less nuanced than (say) that of "Dune," published just a few years after this; but it makes a fine backdrop for a sci-fi adventure.

A naive but contagious
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Mya
Ahh, ye ole science fiction classics...I discovered this book from a recommendation regarding scifi classics. In need of some creative storytelling about alien races and intersteller activity- Oh and the bitchin title- I decided to check it out. Mind you, before I read this book, I had no idea who Harry Harrison was. I also did not know how addictive and fun the man could be. Inside of his novel 'Deathworld' was such a winning combination of action, philosophy and bizarre biology, that it was ha ...more
Gabriel
Aug 24, 2010 Gabriel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends
Originally written for the science-fiction pulp magazine, Astounding Science-Fiction, Deathworld blasts you from a government casino to a high speed ground chase that rockets you to a world where everything around is trying to kill you!
Our hero is Jason DinAlt a gambler by profession who has a gift for winning. This gets the attention of Kerk Pyrrus an ambassador who needs Jason's help immediately. The brawny man needs a large amount of money fast and Jason's talents can get it.
The adventures ta
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Jim
With Bill the Galactic Hero being one of my favorite books of all time, when I came across Deathworld by Harry Harrison in a free iPhone app with audiobooks in the public domain, I thought I'd have to try it.

Some books take different amounts of time to get into - and while it was interesting enough at first to keep reading - it was about halfway through the book that I was hooked.

Jason dinAlt is the archetype space rogue, with a quick mind and quicker reflexes (think Han Solo, though this was
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Simon Forward
It's tough to entirely separate Jason dinAlt from Jim diGriz, what with their similar initials and the fact that they're resourceful criminals from agrarian backwater worlds. And I made matters worse by reading the Deathworld series so soon after the Stainless Steel Rat adventures.

The Deathworld books are quite a different beast: they're still clearly intended as rip-roaring space yarns, not to be taken too seriously, but this first in the series is lacking in humour and suffers in comparison. W
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Kat  Hooper
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Bored by life, Jason dinAlt is a gambling man, so when a mysterious stranger offers him millions of dollars to gamble with at a government-owned casino, Jason can’t resist, even though failure will probably result in his death. (It helps that Jason has some psi talents, even though they’re a little unpredictable.) After the casino episode, Jason finds that he must quickly depart the planet. When he learns that his mysterious ben
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Herman Gigglethorpe
Deathworld starts off with a gambler named Jason dinAlt who is hired by the Pyrran gun-runner Kerk to try to make a fortune. The reason they need all these guns is suggested in the title, since the mining colony Pyrrus has many bloodthirsty and deadly animals. The weather is also highly volatile. Even children carry spring-loaded guns, and Jason has to become acclimated (sp) as he can in the classes. Harrison does a good job at showing how Jason often fails. Many people end up sacrificing themse ...more
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Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G
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