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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Corazon or bust! The newly discovered planet Corazon has just been opened to prospectors, and ruthless Senator Bartholomew wants only one man to stake a claim for him. But this man - veteran explorer Captain Henry - will have no part of the venture. As conqueror of several planets, and now 135 years old, he longs for retirement and relaxation. Blackmailed, however, by the ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1982 by Pinnacle Books (first published 1967)
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Al "Tank"
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A coming of age story -- for the supporting character. This was written back around 1967 and starts out a bit slow, but not for very long. The principle characters are off a running rather quickly and the bad guys are hovering in the metaphorical background until around half-way through. Like most SF novels of the time, it's on the thin side (around 50,000 words?), so the action isn't interrupted by long dissertations designed to fill space (although there's a couple of scenes toward the end tha ...more
James
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, patriarchal, sf
Classic 60s adventure SF in all its blemished glory, i.e. manly men performing heroic deeds with woman in supporting roles. Planet Run is a combination of space western and survival story with a dash of very dirty politics and a coming of age story. Written by Keith Laumer and Gordon Dickson, I think I would credit Laumer with the cynical political tone while Dickson probably supplied the high adventure aspects. A fun read for us old fogeys, but a bit dated.

This edition also contains two shorts,
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
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Keith Laumer & Gordon R. Dickson's Planet Run
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - January 8, 2015

My rule for myself is to never have more than a maximum backlog of 3 recently read unreviewed bks. When I started reading this one I had FOUR. I 1st read Laumer's writing w/ Time Trap in June of 2013 (see my review here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16... ). I liked it & proceeded to pick up as many bks of his as I cd find thinking I'd continue to enjoy his writing.

8 bks & a mere mnth l
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Jon
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Keith Laumer for just about as long as I can remember reading science fiction. This book has always been one of my favorites, so when I was packing up boxes of books to send to my library-owning partner, Larry, I held it back to savor one more time.

The setting: The planet Corazon, discovered decades ago, has been under quarantine until the present day, when the Planetary Survey has released it for a "Run". Every hornswoggling, backstabbing, swashbuckling son-of-a-gun in the
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Andrew Lasher
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kieth Laumer can write a hard boiled dystopia like no man before or since. He is the man who single handedly forced me into reading science fiction. If you are unfamiliar with Laumer, you can imagine a Ray Bradbury mixed with a generous dollop of Dashiell Hammett. This guy packs the dystopian future with protagonists who are light on words but heavy on action, and what we get is a fast paced page turner of a book.

Planet Run tells us about an interstellar gold rush. In the far future, the univers
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Michael
Planet Run is great read by two masters of Science Fiction, Keith Laumer and Gordon R. Dickson. This is classic Science Fiction at it's best. It also contains two short stories. The first is "Once There Was a Giant" by Keith Laumer and "Call Him Lord" by Gordon R. Dickson. Planet Run is the story of an old space adventurer who takes a fourth rejuve to get back his youth and strength even though it will probably shorten his life to a year or two. He then takes his granddaughter's fiance with him ...more
Wampuscat
Take one ornery very-old planet pioneer and rejuvenate him for one last Land Rush on the last frontier planet within 100 years of FTL travel. Throw in a green-horn untested politician's kid, who's the intended of his great-granddaughter who is the spitting image of his late wife, as his sidekick. Now 'Go Galactic West Young Man'! This 'High-Tech mixed with the gritty wild-west frontier' story of survival, endurance and character refining hardships is a great tale from the Laumer and Dickson duo. ...more
Mike S
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
Another great Laumer story, fast paced, imaginative, witty, gritty, funny... classic Laumer.
Terry
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-read
One of my favorite novels by two of my favorite authors when growing up in the 60's-70's. ...more
Michelle
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fairly quick read. If you enjoy cowboy space stories, then this is definitely up your alley!
Geldar
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Really sucky at first, but pretty all right by the end. You heard it here first folks: "pretty all right by the end." ...more
Dantegideon
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was a really unsatisfying mess. Half-baked, and half-finished.
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his sa
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