The Ultimate Adventures In Space! Forget Star Wars! Star Trek, ho hum!
Each "Planets of Adventure" reprints two complete "book-length novels of space adventure" from the supreme exemplar of highly-charged, vividly-colored space opera, the legendary pulp Planet Stories. Fasten your seatbelts for atomic-powered thrills, alien landscapes, daring heroes, intrepid heroines, fiendish villainesses. Here from the 1940s are: The Sword of Fire: A Novel of an Enslaved World by Emmett McDowell. He was a plain, ordinary Jones, so his spaceman father named him Jupiter, hoping it would help him stand out. But he remained a plain, ordinary Jones--until the space warp cast him, naked and helpless into the slime of that vile world. Then Jupiter Jones cursed the fate had marooned among the planet's groveling mutants. He only wanted to escape. But the mutant's rising excited whispers proclaimed him a knight in shining armor who alone could save them. And the strange sword he'd found was, they said, the one weapon that could prevail against the vicious octopoids who enslaved them. The Rocketeers Have Shaggy Ears: A Novel of Peril on Alien Worlds by Keith Bennett. Their fighting song was known from Terra's hinterlands to Ganymede's glittering domes" "Oh, the Rocketeers have shaggy ears. They're dirty sons of space!" Someday there will be a legend like this. Some day, from Steamy Venus or Arid Mars, the shaking, awe-struck words will come whispering back to us, building the picture of a glory so great that our throats will choke with pride. Pride in the Rocketeers of Terra.