On A Planet Alien
Folsom's Planet - An Alien land yet so familiar.
If the mission were a success, Folsom's planet would bear his name for eternity. The barbarians would be civilized; the planet would join the Federation; the Federation's integrity would be preserved.
But Hans Folsom had to be on guard. The aliens were intractable, his crew possibly traitorous. There was an incident during the voyage he couldn't quite remember. And a prophetic runic stone.
Had ancient spacemen visited here in the past? Did that explain the strange religions, the ancient ruins, the mysterious runic stone?
Barry N. Malzberg (who's interviewed in the current issue of Locus magazine), a John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner and a fan of SF spiced with sex scenes and revelatory endings, offers readers three novels in a single volume in On a Planet Alien. In the title novel, a mission to civilize the natives of a distant planet goes awry when the captain and his crew start to question their motives and maybe even lose control of their minds; In the Enclosure charts the thoughts of an alien desperate to escape his human captors; and in Scop, a time traveler triesand repeatedly failsto prevent history's most terrible moments from happening.