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Castaways World: Refugees from a destroyed planet crash landed on the planet of New Zarathustra and had to learn how to survive on a new planet with dangerous animals and a new climate.

The Rites of Ohe: A genetically manipulated human pursues a mysterious cult. He must find a way unravel the phoenix mystery or else he would see the destruction of the universe.
Published 1962 by Ace Books
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May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good old-fashion sci-fi adventure of survival on an alien world, written better than almost any others I've read. Brunner maintains tension building up to conflicts with well-developed characters as they encounter original details of the alien planet.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - September 27, 2013

Being now an unabashed enthusiast for Brunner's writing, I take it for granted that even his most 'generic' SF will be rife w/ imaginative takes on whatever plot he unfurls. I have a 'soft spot' for Ace Doubles, I always respected their clever marketing, & 2 Brunner novels in one Double is good enuf for me. Despite that, tho, I have somewhat low expectations of a Double b/c I see
Patrick Hayes
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Both of these tales are outstanding! I would definitely look for anything written by Brunner based on how much I enjoyed both of these stories.

The Rites of Ohe is a mystery involving an Immortal trying to discover what an alien race is up to. He is/was a human who has been genetically modified to live for over several thousands years in the hopes that his knowledge of past events can help guide the future. This character, the Immortal Karmesin, is wonderful. He's been bored for several hundred
Drew Warner
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Rites of Ohe is the lesser of these two novels. The plot centers around a genetically manipulated human in the pursuit of a mysterious cult. The decent twists and enjoyably big issues raised could not save this novel from its author's lack of enthusiasm for writing it.

Castaways World on the other hand is a magnificent novel. Stunning detail surrounding the world and its flora and fauna. Dynamic characters facing troubling choices and showing actual growth throughout the story. The plot itself
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While bound with the author's "The Rites of Ohe" (as an Ace Double book F-242), I only read "Castaways' World", the story of the survival of planetary refugees who had crash landed on another alien world.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Ace Double Novel F249
"The Rites of Ohe" grade C,
"Castaways World" grade A.
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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 ...more