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Colonial Survey

Colonial Survey is a 1957 collection of science fiction short stories by Murray Leinster. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1957 in an edition of 5,000 copies. The collection was reprinted by Avon Books in 1957 under the title The Planet Explorer. The stories all originally appeared in the magazine Astounding.

Colonial Survey
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorMurray Leinster
Cover artistWallace Wood
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction short stories
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages185 pp


  • "Solar Constant"
  • "Sand Doom"
  • "Combat Team"
  • "The Swamp Was Upside Down"


Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the collection as "the gadget story raised to new heights. . . . Leinster pulls his miracles out of a hat labeled Deus ex perspiration and makes them completely credible."[1]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, November 1957, p.120
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 306.
  • Contento, William G. "Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections". Retrieved 2008-03-04.