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Three days after asking the Captain of the Earth mothership to land his party of colonists on the planet Hyperon, Commander Williams has reason to worry. He's assumed that there'll be records left by the 500 original settlers that'll tell him what's happened to the men and women who were dropped here a decade ago. But there ARE no records--none that make any sense--and the colonists have just vanished, abandoning homes, equipment, and personal belongings. Is the planet inimical to human life? The climate's ideal, there's no animal life to threaten the settlers, and the local vegetation produces edible fruit year-round. But if this world is such a paradise...where are the people? Another great SF adventure by an entertaining storyteller!

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    Short but intriguing

    A short story, but with well rounded out characters. A different take on science fiction and exploration, but with a believable underlying concept. This would not be my favourite from E.C. Tubb, although in general I enjoy the older sci-fi authors, and love alien planets. This does have an alien planet described well, but briefly. Overall four stars because the story is short, and to me, not particularly memorable after reading, although the characters do develop in the course of the story.


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