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"… this is a real corker, pulp fiction at its most entertaining." —Booklist
Madman Murphy, the King of Planetary Realtors, is more than happy to oblige. He’s got a whole galaxy of planets for sale. All Chuck needs is money . . . and a lot of it. Eleven years later, saving every penny he ...
Madman Murphy, the King of Planetary Realtors, is more than happy to oblige. He’s got a whole galaxy of planets for sale. All Chuck needs is money . . . and a lot of it. Eleven years later, saving every penny he can scrape up, Chuck’s dream comes true. He takes possession and takes off for Planet 19453X. . . .
One problem: Madman Murphy has sold Chuck a world of trouble. Because on Planet 19453X the water is undrinkable, the air is unbreathable, and the laws of physics don’t apply. Has Chuck’s dream turned into a nightmare? Not quite. As he’s about to discover, sometimes, to fulfill your true desire, it’s simply a matter of digging a little deeper. . . .
By the time A Matter of Matter appeared in 1949, L. Ron Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to the genre of science fiction and fantasy. The rest is Sci-Fi history.
Also includes the science fiction adventures, The Conroy Diary, in which the man who opens up the universe to mankind also opens himself to charges of fraud and tax evasion; The Obsolete Weapon, the story of an American GI involved in the 1943 invasion of Italy who slips back in time and finds himself fighting a different kind of battle—as a gladiator in ancient Rome; and The Planet Makers, in which a great deal is at stake for the engineers who make planets habitable, but one of them has a surprising plan all his own.
"… this is a real corker, pulp fiction at its most entertaining."—Booklist
• An International Book Awards Finalist
"A Matter of Matter" first appeared in "Astounding Science Fiction" magazine in the August edition in 1949. It is the story of Chuck Lambert, a naive guy who dreams of owning his own planet. Planets could be bought legally from the Interior Department of the Outer Galactic Control, but Chuck's imagination yielded to the following ad: "It's a poor man who isn't king in some corner. Empires for a pittance, thrones for a mite. Easy payments, nothing down. -Honest Mike." In reality, Ol' Honest Mike (nicknamed "Madman") is a morally offensive galactic swindler, who sells Chuck a planet "on which he cannot possibly live, whose air he could not breathe, whose water he could not drink, and the owning of it had taken the best of his life." Bluntly, Madman Murphy had "skunked him." On the surface, Chuck's bad investment combined with his sagging spirits are indications that he may be a fool, but the tale is not finished yet as he discovers a shiny yellow substance that may just change his life forever. Also included in this science fiction tome are:"The Conroy Diary," "The Planet Makers," and "The Obsolete Weapon"- tales spun by a master story teller in a genre where his writing talents find their expression.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.