Space Prison (Ragnarok #1)
Crushing gravity--thin air--winters of unimaginable cold--searing summers under two suns--a deadly wasteland teeming with monsters and killing fever-- That was Ragnarok, the most dreaded planet yet discovered. And Ragnarok was where a thousand untrained E ...more
A human colonising spaceship is captured by the evil Gerns, who dump the unwanted half of the colonists on a hostile planet called Ragnarok, expecting them to die. Indeed, most of them do, falling prey to the local fauna, climate and diseases, as ...more
A bunch of colonists get dumped off on a fairly hostile planet with no technology, and have to survive with what they can find and make there.
This book still works because it depends little on advanced technology that seems quaint / rediculous to me. Most of the technology is on the level ...more
The idea of a ...more
Crushing gravity. Thin air. Winters of unimaginable cold Searing summers under two suns. A deadly wasteland teeming with monsters and killing fever. That was Ragnarok, the most dreaded planet yet discovered. And Ragnarok was where a thousand untrained Earthmen -- and women and children -- were brutally marooned by a sadistic enemy. Two hundred died the first night. ...moreCrushing gravity. Thin air. Winters of unimaginable cold Searing summers under two suns. A deadly wasteland teeming with mons ...more
I really enjoyed this light, interesting read. My favorite plot element was the inclusion of killer, hooved animals that had a single horn (when reared the height of these marauding “unicorns” was said to be 15 feet). These unicorns didn’t just ...more
First published in 1958. I can't even wrap my little mind around that. It seems crazy to think there were people writing sci-fi 60+ years ago that still holds up today.
The narrator did an excellent job, though the audiobook was a chore to come by. I could only find it available in the UK market under the title Space Prison... ...more
Lettura rapida e coinvolgente, in parte rovinata da una buona dose di errori di traduzione e stampa, come consuetudine per questa collana.
Il libro è corto ma intenso, forse un po' costoso se si considera il numero di pagine, ma è sicuramente una buona lettura, ideale per una piccola evasione.
However, with age comes wisdom. It is more of the 'humans shall triumph cuz we're better than anyone else' genre. I don't much like that stuff any more. However, as survivalist SF it ain't too bad. Definitely of the Baen Books style of SF, if you like that sort of thing.
On the other hand, one can also look at it as a human drama sort of story, set in an SF universe, with the evil a ...more
The story opens with a spaceship trying to make it to the planet Athena before being overtaken by the galaxy spanning conquering Gerns. They do not make it and are boarded by the Gerns. Those deemed useful are enslaved, the rest are dropped on a nearby planet, the deadly 1.5 gravity Ragnarok. There they must survive against ...more
All my problems really came down to realism. Yes, this is science fiction. Yes, it is speculative, and on ...more
The Gerns however, abandon the humans on Ragnarok, an inhospitable high-G ore-poor hell of a planet, wh ...more
How much from scratch? It goes like this: The Gerns have attacked Earth. A shipload of humans flees in the d ...more
I grew up reading a fair amount of "Golden Age" science fiction. That stuff was perfectly tailored to a young male reader such as myself. But as much as it pains me to admit it, a lot of it was pulp trash that would bore me to tears now.
In a lot of ways, Space Prisoners resembles the other stuff from its era. The characters are two-dimensional. The story is classic "good guy" vs. "bad guy". There aren't any shades of grey. But just as ma ...more
At about 50 years old, this book actually holds up incredibly well as science fiction. The story doesn't rely too heavily on technology, which helps. I ...more
"Space Prison", formerly called "The Survivors", was written in the 1950's by little known author, Tom Godwin. The book is about a group of humans who are ...more
I really enjoyed the story line and the survival of the fittest theme, and all the hardships that they had to endure. The principle of "how would you survive with no technology, but knowledge" was a good theme. The battle scene near the end where the adapted survivors could reign supreme was excellent in the execution.
The story is that of survival and the goal of escape and revenge that drives survival.
I really enjoyed this story of survival. The books spans some two hundred years, following each leader as they shape the colony toward a single purpose.. luring the enemy race back to the planet in order to conquer them.
The steps they take in order to do this are quite interesting, the ending is very nice. The vision of the planet at the end is very different to the one in ...more
When are aliens ever going to learn not to mess with humans? Wise spacefaring races would stay as far away as possible from this little corner of the galaxy. This story will make you stand up and cheer. It's a "Rock ...more
A story about the human nature and the will to live overcoming any and all obstacles forced upon them by an alien race and an alien world.
I have read this book probably 10 or more times over the years. Definitely a great read!!!
You can download a copy here: http://ww ...more
Space Prison is interesting as a precursor to the Jack Vance classic, The Dragon Masters, that appeared just a few years later and remains the definitive treatment ...more
I listened to the SciPodBooks reading of this. In many ways this is a unique science fiction book, based largely around a survival story. After pirates hijack an Earth space ship, they dump the "non essential" passengers on a planet on which it seems impossible to survive. The thought of one day attracting and overcoming the pirates keeps the survivors striving to overcome their hostile environment. An absorbing story of several generations and two centuries that is nevertheless fast-p ...more