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The Forgotten Planet is a science fiction novel by American writer Murray Leinster. It was released in 1954 by Gnome Press in an edition of 5,000 copies. The novel is a fix-up from three short stories, "The Mad Planet" and "The Red Dust", both of which had originally appeared in the magazine Argosy in 1920 and 1921, and "Nightmare Planet", which had been published in Science Fiction Plus in 1953.

The Forgotten Planet
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorMurray Leinster
Cover artistEd Emshwiller
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)


Plot introductionEdit

A planet had been seeded for life by humans, first with microbes and later with plants and insects. A third expedition, intended to complete the seeding with animals, never occurred. (This represents a retcon introduced in "Nightmare Planet.") Over the millennia the insects and plants grew to gigantic sizes. The action of the novel describes the fight for survival by descendants of a crashed spaceship as they battle wolf-sized ants, flies the size of chickens, and gigantic flying wasps.


Groff Conklin of Galaxy Science Fiction praised the novel as "Leinster at his exciting, skilled best," declaring "there is almost nothing in the story that is not first-rate."[1] The magazine's Floyd C. Gale called it "quite a reading experience".[2] P. Schuyler Miller similarly reported "the old master is at his best in this one."[3] Anthony Boucher, however, found it to be "an interminable sequence of wars against giant insects, which seems pretty outmoded today."[4]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1955, p.120
  2. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (April 1963). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 155–159.
  3. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, May 1955, p.144
  4. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, February 1955, pp.96-97.


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