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The Jupiter Legacy

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Spacecraft: Pericles
Type: Manned exploration
Destination: Jupiter
Cargo: Extinction
Bertolli was there when the Pericles returned to Earth. He was the first to reach Commander Rand as he staggered, hideously disfigured & close to death, from the crew's cabin. From that moment, Dr. Bertolli became the front line of defence against a savage epidemic that threatened to extin
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 12th 1972 by Sphere (first published 1965)
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It’s a good damned thing no one has read this book.

A couple of years ago, the world was attacked by birds. What were once our cute, feathered power line companions quickly became harbingers of death in a matter of weeks. What the fuck am I talking about? Bird flu. According to a quick Google news search, some of my friends have talked about birds occasionally on social networks (zing!) and the disease still exists. But no one seems to care anymore. In fact, just yesterday, I saw a man in hounds
Bobby Lundy
Dr. Sam Bertolli a intern at Bellevue hospital in New York working on an ambulance, when the forgotten ship from Jupiter came down in the in the middle of the busy Kennedy airport. The ship was the Pericles. It came down and the hatch opened the worst thing that could happen did happen. The disease was out. The disease that would decimate both mankind and birds. There is no cure on earth for the disease that originated on the moons of Jupiter. A literal Jupiter plague. Dr. Bertolli is the only ...more
Paul Baker
When science fiction icon Harry Harrison died earlier this year (August 12, 2012), a great satirical voice was lost. Harrison's brilliant and funny series of novels based on his character James Bolivar DiGriz, otherwise known as the Stainless Steel Rat, inspired a generation of humorous science fiction and fantasy writers, including the estimable Christopher Stasheff. Besides his wickedly funny novels, Harrison also wrote serious science fiction (Make Room! Make Room!, the inspiration for the fi ...more
Jules Jones
1978 printing, so presumably the original and shorter version of this novel, which has apparently been published at two different lengths and under several titles. First published in 1965, and thus dated in odd little ways -- not least being the lack of some 1990s-level consumer technology in a story set in a then near future where we have the technology to send a manned mission to Jupiter.[return][return]The story opens with that manned mission's return to earth in dramatic fashion, with an eme ...more
Sean Randall
More great retro material, the idea of tattooing people's medical history physically on to their bodies is an intriguing prospect. The ending is, at least in outline, easily seen coming, and the gender stereotyping is dated. But for all that, it was done well and I do enjoy a bit of Harrison!
Ronald Ward
I normally enjoy thrillers, murder mystery.

This had a good plot plenty of mystery all the ingredients I like but in sci-fi. Very enjoyable.
Mark Phillips
excellent book, ended a little suddenly but overall a fun read
1985 grade B

Jupiter Plague (the one I read)
Jupiter Legacy
Kevin Hartley
Short, but good enough for a quick read.
This one was kind of fun, if you keep in mind it was written in '82.
I loved this:
"A kiss is a contact, a union, an exchange. It is unknown to certain races and tribes, while others know it and consider it with disgust. They all suffer a loss. A kiss can be a cold formula, or a prelude to the act of love. It can also be a revelation in an unspoken, secret language of feelings that have never been expressed in words."
Thank God I wasn't a sci-fi writer in the 80's...
Another classic that suffers from unforeseen changes in technology and society. The tale is excellent and the writing superb. Given the modern interest in steampunk this almost seems modern in some alternate reality of only engineering advances since the '60's.
J. D.
A science-fiction novel portraying the onset of a plague brought to earth by a returning Jupiter Probe, as well as
a last-ditch by humanity to resolve the problem in time to
avoid extinction. The ending is an interesting surprise.
Golden Age style space opera about… You guessed it! A Plague! From Space! Actually, the novel is quite enjoyable even though it is far from deep and epic.
Think andromeda strain's mutating plague virus escaping from a interplanetary scout ship crashing deadcenter at JFK airport.
pretty smooth read.
Erik Graff
Jun 21, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harrison fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
A fair science fiction thriller by Harry Harrison read during a break from school.
Pretty good. Along the same lines as Andromeda Strain.
Subbu G
General run of the mill Sci-Fi book.
Sarah Sammis
Kind of like the Andromeda Strain.
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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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