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Big Planet (1952) [Novel]
by Jack Vance Rating: Weighted - 6.9 / Average - 6.8 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Charley Lysidder, the Bajarnum of Beaujolais was ruthlessly expanding his empire on the Big Planet. The objectives of the mission from Earth was to stop him and ensure that the whole world didn't fall under the domination of the tyrant.

But when sabotage forced the spacecraft carrying the mission crashlanded, the priority changed. The survivors faced an epic 40,000 mile trek to safety, across the vast and unknown surface of the planet, harassed by monsters, the native people and the agents of the Bajarnum, and riven by their own deadly disputes.

Rich, strange and powerful, Big Planet, is an important landmark in the history of SF. The sophistication of the concept of the Big Planet itself, with its huge size and negligible metal resources, and Jack Vance's subtly effective baroque style, changed the planetary romance forever

Original title: Big Planet
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAdventurePlanetary Exploration and Colonization


  • Publication date for original publiction in Startling Stories. Later cut in 1957 & 1958 to be restored in 1978

Edition #1: Big Planet

Big Planet (1952)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Vividly compelling... Vance at the top of his form" Damon Knight
  • "Inventive and entertaining" Science Fiction Writers
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Big Planet (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN: 05757071176
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.6 x 0.8
Pages: 218

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Big Planet (1957)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ace Books
ISBN: 0441061710
Pages: 217

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