Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Avengers of Carrig (Zarathustra Refugee Planets, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Avengers of Carrig (Zarathustra Refugee Planets, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Avengers of Carrig

(Zarathustra Refugee Planets #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Once the city of Carrig stood supreme on this planet that had seen settled by space refugees in the distant, forgotten past. From every corner of this primitive lost world caravans came to trade -- and to view the great King-Hunt, the gruesome test by which the people of Carrig choose their rulers. Then from space came new arrivals. And with them came their invincible deat ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 0356, 160 pages
Published October 1969 by Dell Publishing Co Inc (first published January 1st 1962)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Avengers of Carrig, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Avengers of Carrig

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.26  · 
Rating details
 ·  96 ratings  ·  12 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Avengers of Carrig (Zarathustra Refugee Planets, #1)

Read this as the flip side of an Ace Double, with A. Bertram Chandler's "The Rim of Space (which was the main draw, frankly).

Brunner's book is a serviceable space opera, of the lost colony type. There are distant and faint echoes of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books in the story( lost colony where technology's forgotten; large flying lizards with an important cultural role), likely coincidental as Brunners' book came first.

It's early Brunner and more accessible than his later, experimental novels,
***Note: Goodreads has really messed up the order of books in this series. A reader should read "The Avengers of Carrig" and "The Repairmen of Cyclops" is that order, since they occur in chronological order, with some of the same characters. One can read Polymath, a distant prequel, either before or after. But I recommend before, since there is a small spoiler for Polymath in "The Repairmen of Cyclops."

A pulp fiction novella upgraded decades later to a small novel form, this book has a very 50s/
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the reviews of this book and the cover art itself, I thought I was in for a mediocre sci-fi novel about spacemen fighting dinosaurs, but I was very wrong and pleasantly surprised by this story. It ended up being a very interesting and satisfying story. It centers around planet 14, where the descendants of refugees that fled the planet Zarathustra live somewhat primitive lives. An outside power has usurped the throne and it is the job of some galactic agents and a cunning native to take ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I am astonished about the bad rating here. If Robert A. Heinlein would have written this, it would have a rating of 3.80 or so
C. Steinmann
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long start, a long end, and missing the middle part at all. Nevertheless have to read it if you like ZRPs
Kevin Valliant
Not a bad little slice of 60’s Sci-Fi.
Justin Benz
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fiction
This was the first book I've read by John Brunner, a classic-era sci-fi author who bears a solid reputation if not the grandiose fame of some of his peers. I was initially intrigued by his work after seeing dozens of his novels heaping the sci-fi shelves at the local used bookstore. I chose this one at random.

My choice was somewhat fortuitous in that 'The Avengers of Carrig' is actually the first volume in a trilogy of novels taking place in the same story-telling universe, dubbed the 'Zarathust
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klassiker, scifi
Science Fiction, first published 1969

This year the first new moon of spring fell early. In the hill passes the way was still slippery with ice. By day the travelers’ breath, and that of their beasts of burden, wreathed before their faces in transient curlicues, while the feet of the less fortunate grew numb inside crude straw-stuffed clogs from the soles of which a few nails protruded, hopefully to give extra purchase on the steepest stretches; by night, when the caravan made bivouac, water had
review of
John Brunner's The Avengers of Carrig
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 2, 2014

This is probably the 1st of the many Brunner bks that I've read that I have close to nothing to say about. It's probably also the 1st one that was generic enuf for it not to even seem like it 'had' to be written by Brunner. The back of the title p informs the reader that "A considerably shorter version of this novel appeared in 1962 under the title Secret Agent of Terra" (p 4)

If you're just looking for
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brits
Again this was one of the best sci-fi novels that I ever read. I never stop wondering how much wit and inventiveness writers put into sort of novels. I liked especially the mixture of middle ages civilizations, similar like Earth several hundred years ago, with space exploring civilizations. This was a new type of idea that I did not encountered very often in sci-fi novels.
My copy of this book is in Romanian.
Kral seçme yöntemleri çok ilgincime gitti. Birde burada geçen akıllı-vahşi uçan yaratıklar ve olay örgüsü Avatar filmindeki gibi değil mi?
rated it liked it
May 05, 2016
Victory M
rated it liked it
Apr 09, 2017
Robert Hepple
rated it liked it
Nov 19, 2014
rated it liked it
Jun 13, 2011
Stephen Hermer
rated it liked it
Jan 01, 2011
rated it really liked it
Oct 01, 2008
Joe Parker
rated it liked it
Aug 29, 2015
David Key
rated it really liked it
Feb 11, 2016
William Blair
rated it really liked it
Feb 16, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jul 01, 2015
Robert Daniels
rated it liked it
Jan 11, 2021
rated it liked it
Jan 16, 2014
Burak Emiralp
rated it really liked it
Dec 11, 2020
Noah Richards
rated it liked it
May 02, 2015
Keso Shengelia
rated it really liked it
Jun 26, 2018
rated it really liked it
Sep 16, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2019
rated it liked it
Aug 26, 2020
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Lovecraft Country
  • Us
  • Pax (Pax #1)
  • La mujer de mi vida
  • The Magus
  • The Lies We Told
  • The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
  • Passione oltre il tempo (La straniera, #7)
  • Alien III
  • Little Star
  • Jizzle
  • The Dead Drink First
  • The Old Man and the Cat: A Love Story
  • Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic
  • Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and a Murder of Passion
  • The Hidden Twin
  • Eighteen
  • On Mystic Lake
See similar books…
John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Ro ...more

Other books in the series

Zarathustra Refugee Planets (3 books)
  • Polymath (Zarathustra Refugee Planets, #2)
  • The Repairmen of Cyclops (Zarathustra Refugee Planets, #3)

Related Articles

Kazuo Ishiguro insists he’s an optimist about technology.  “I'm not one of these people who thinks it's going to come and destroy us,” he...
256 likes · 26 comments