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Plague from Space

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  231 Ratings  ·  29 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 and 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 extingu
Published 1987 by Orbit/Sphere (first published 1965)
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Bobby Lundy
Mar 03, 2015 Bobby Lundy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Phillips
excellent book, ended a little suddenly but overall a fun read
This was a quick, easy read. I should not read stories like this, because they scare me. This story is about a lost spaceship that returned from Jupiter. It landed at Kennedy Airport and brought with it a nasty plague called Rands disease. Once birds got infected it could be transferred to humans. It was quick, nasty and fatal. I liked how the story focused on the first responders. Doctors, research teams, and World Health were on the front lines, working tirelessly trying to find a cure. Police ...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
Aug 08, 2009 Jules Jones rated it liked it
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
Aug 06, 2013 Falbs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Shanyn Hosier
Aug 06, 2015 Shanyn Hosier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, dnf
DNF. Just too old skool sci-fi for me, I guess. Original story written in 1965, supposedly updated in 1987. Too many editing issues (typos, punctuation, homophone confusion) started pulling me out of the story. Pacing is abrupt yet vague... halfway through the book and I have no idea how much "real" time has passed. And the final straw was the pervasive sexism of the hero and condescending treatment of the female doctor character. Ugh.
Jake Rathman
Dec 21, 2015 Jake Rathman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF: The first female character (a doctor) is introduced on page 8, and by page 10 she is described as losing all doctor-like qualities and becoming womanly and fearful. This indicated to me that sexism and chauvinism was inherently woven into the novel beyond a singe character's point of view. I did not want to continue reading this book.
Aug 17, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SciFi - Space Opera has perpetual college students Jerry and Chuck create a weapon / instantaneous transport device from cheddar cheese. They install it in the 747 used by the college football team and with curvaceous Sally and janitor/spy John set forth to conquer the universe. Outrageous chapter endings seem like old movie serial cliffhangers.
J. D.
May 21, 2008 J. D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
Claire Noonan
I love Harry Harrison. This book is of course well written, but it's definitely true to its time, with sexist attitudes embodied in the work.
A good read, with well placed suspense and a quick moving plot, but I much prefer other works of Harrison's, e.g. the Stainless Steel Rat series.
Aug 14, 2011 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ciencia-ficción viejuna. Muy machista. Aburrida.
AKA The Jupiter Legacy
Erik Graff
Jun 21, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  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.
Subbu G
Dec 26, 2010 Subbu G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
General run of the mill Sci-Fi book.
Max Mindock
Jun 01, 2015 Max Mindock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, entertaining fast read.
Kevin Hartley
Short, but good enough for a quick read.
Wade Corbeil
May 16, 2015 Wade Corbeil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable adventure about an alien plague brought back to Earth by the spaceship Pericles after returning from Jupiter.
Jun 29, 2015 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old fashioned scifi. A spaceship returns to earth after two years. The only survivor starts a plague that brings on what looks like the end of man and all animal life on earth.
Sarah Sammis
Kind of like the Andromeda Strain.
Jun 07, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 06, 2016 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as a kid and enjoyed.
Nov 23, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1985 grade B

Jupiter Plague (the one I read)
Jupiter Legacy
Ronald Ward
May 08, 2014 Ronald Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tyrone rated it liked it
Feb 10, 2011
Lester Power
Lester Power rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2015
Tom Loock
Tom Loock rated it it was ok
Aug 04, 2012
Delania Collins
Delania Collins rated it liked it
Sep 05, 2013
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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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