A mercenary, a galactic traveller, a survivor: Earl Dumarest is tired and wants to go home. But in a decadent universe where life is cheap and starflight precious. Dumarest of Terra (The Dumarest Saga in the UK) is a series of 33 science-fiction novels written by Edwin Charles Tubb between and They are the. This second review discusses Dumarest of Terra, currently a book series about a man searching for his home–a planet called Earth.

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Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Greetings Potential Purchaser of this book. First off let me admit a bit of bias. Always have, always will. So whoopee-do, why does this matter to you. If you are looking for super-magic powers, more crazy ass aliens than you can throw at stick at, and cute glowing swords, you should probably skip this book. That is unless you also like to hit the rough side of science fiction, then keep reading.

Sorry, but facts are facts. Which is kind of the point of this novel. One of the terrs it is, cheap. Welcome to the future, and the conquered stars of man. For those of us who would sell most of what we have to see the wonders of the Universe this book rocks.

If you don’t care what it costs to see life beyond, then read terr, might pick up a few tips. Now we get back dumarsst Traveller. See for years now I have been hearing rumors that this series is one of the major inspirations for the RPG one of those pre-digital ones, that we all wanted to play back when computers were new and “High Tech” not something you can fit in your pocket and can put a craft on the Moon. It is true, look it up, in more terrra wiki, like a book.

Well with in about two paragraphs it is readily apparent that this is indeed a primary source for Traveller and some other science fiction media. In those first couple of paragraphs you really get a handle on waking up from cold sleep. Yes, I know Alien did do a rather fine job of it. See there is for some of us and I should hope you are one that essence of being there. Nothing compares to being in the mind of the protagonist and really experiencing things with them.

Sometimes it is joy, others sorrow, here terea is waking up and wondering why you are being thawed out while the starship dumraest still in FTL drive. Of course, since you are so broke, yet determined to see the stars you have to travel in such a fashion. Being frozen with the livestock, down in the cold, sterile blue holds. Hoping not to robbed, or killed Too bad you aren’t rich. Then you could travel in style. So, there you are, dumped on some hell world dumaest tourist attraction. So what do you do?


Why, you try to scrape together the money to get off this dump and back to the stars. Maybe after all this time, finally trying to get Home. Wishing anyone knew where it was that is. And so we join Earl Dumarest in travelling the stars duumarest the cheap, but never, ever easy path to the place we can never go, home.

Of course, life being never that simple adds it own complications. Life is like that. So, not sure if this will sway you one way or another, but it is some good old fashion science-fiction and adventuring, dumarrest a few side trips into the human psyche.

If you like Piper or Niven and Pournelle’s Empires of Man, then you might very well might enjoy this book. I do, and I did. Not a lot of deep, hard science, but it does have some rather interesting foresights. Now if you will excuse me, I have to scrape together the price of a high passage, that cold sleep stuff sucks. Fast drug the teera trip, with a ATP drip A fun science fiction adventure story with great ideas and a lot of twists.

One of the inspirations for the game Traveller. One person found this helpful. The prolific English writer E. Tubb is the author of novels. He is noted dumwrest his 33 book science-fiction series the Dumarest Saga. It is quite remarkable to consider that this series began in with “The Winds of Gath” and the latest volume was published in It was reported that author Tubb died in October As a lifelong reader of science fiction I am chagrin to admit I had, prior to this title under review, never read duarest of Mr.

To be honest I have been reading science fiction since and have spent too many evening plowing through some very boring books. I approached this novel with some trepidation. After all it was written in and I was prepared for another pulp era potboiler terda of stock characters mouthing space jargon like it was Holy Writ.

I found this story and the series concept extraordinarily interesting and a joy to read. I can honestly say this was the first science fiction book in many years I could not put down and read it in a day. I will forgo detailing the intricate plot of this novel until Ddumarest can provide potential readers some general impressions that resonated with this “newbie” to the Dumarest community.

Some of my initial observations have been updated after tterra several volumes in the series. Tubb’s universe consist of hundreds thousands? We are told these planets are scattered over an extensive volume dumareet space. Interesting to this reader there are no “intelligent” beings, yes, numerous plants and animals that play important roles in each story but no extra terrestrial beings. This removes one of the irritating crutches most authors rely upon to spice up, and for many carry their plots.


Tubb’s future envisions mankind settling on habitual worlds and tterra societies with technology spread via a sporadic influx of visitors using conventional space travel.

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The settlers on these worlds must adapt to the local conditions and, out of necessity exploit them to prosper and in some cases just to endure. The planet GATH survives by becoming a tourist destination.

HIVE is managed by a syndicate of feudal houses that exports a useful drug extracted from bee-like creatures. Toy is a decadent world where technology is employed to create perverted baubles for the jaded ruling class called stockholders.

Tubb envisions a far future of autonomous planetary cultures resembling feudal city-states with a thin veneer of technology jealously confined to the ruling elites. The majority of the planetary population is usually exploited to support the ruling clique.

There is no “Federation of the Planet” or “Rulers of the Universe” or even a code of ethics. Once settled on a planet the inhabitants are for all intended purposes at the mercy of the local boss, dictator, matriarch or despot.

Most societies are semi-feudal with a clear delineation between the haves and the have-nots. Travel between planets is restricted to the wealthy due to the high cost of traveling safely. The hero of the book, “Earl Dumarest” is a Solider of Fortune, resourceful, perceptive, compassionate, wise and a man on a mission.

His travels have a purpose; he wants information, clues, and rumors concerning his birth planet Earth so he can return. Just exactly why he must return is never adequately explained in the first 15 volumes of the series that I have read so far.

Earl is not very introspective. He just tell people he is looking for Earth and wants to return there no matter what.

To be honest this is a weakness in od logic of dumxrest story line but I am hopeful that by the time I reach book 33 it will be resolved. The PROBLEM with Earl achieving his goal is that the distance between planets are so vast, travel takes so long and the number of inhabitant worlds so numerous that “Earth” is unknown to most people or is shrugged off at a myth or urban legend of the space ways. He suspects some malice intent to keep the concept of Earth a topic not worthy of discussion by intelligent and refined individuals.

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As we soon learn the Cyclan community is behind the effort to discredit the concept of a “home’ planet of mankind. In the books Dumarest travels from world to world surviving on his wits and physical skill while seeking out tantalizing hints concerning Earth. The author has Dumarest travel to a new planet -in some cases dumaeest – as he continues his quest.