Raymond F. Jones was an American science fiction author. Between 1951 and 1978, he published sixteen novels and dozens of stories. He is best known for his 1952 novel, THIS ISLAND EARTH, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed 1955 film.
Planet of Lightby Raymond F. Jones
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Ron Barron never expectied to see Clonar again. Clonar, the boy who alone had survived the crash of an interstellar saucer-ship near Ron's home, had been rescued by his people and returned to Rorla, a planet in the Great Galaxy of Andromeda, almost a million light-years from Earth. When he left, he assured Ron that communication between Rorla and Earth would be impossible. Yet only a year later, Ron listened with growing excitement to Clonar's voice coming over the interstellar communication system, inviting Ron and his family to journey to Rorla to attend a conference of the Galactic Federation.
None of the Barrons could have known that Clonar's invitation was violently opposed by the Rorlans, nor that on Rorla was an unknown enemy who resented their coming - a man who saw Earth's destruction as a necessity. And it was a bitter coincidence that that man should be in charge of the colony of delegates. As representatives of a planet whose civilization was considered dangerous and too inferior for membership in the Federation, the Barrons found themselves at the mercy of suspicious and hostile strangers bent on proving Earth's civilization unsalvageable. Not until Ron's father becomes an innocent party to an assassination plot, do they fully realize to what extent the Rorlans will carry their deception.
Climaxed by a shocking courtroom scene in which Ron stands trial for Earth, this sequel to Raymond Jones's SON OF THE STARS is an intricately plotted tale of what could happen if earth were to come face to face with long-established civilizations of Outer Space.
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Planet of Light by Raymond F Jones is the sequel and the end to the story started in Son of the Stars Ron Barron while working with General Gillespie on a communication system, left behind, when Clonar departed. Ron is contacted by Clonar, who invites him and his family, to come to Rorla to attend a conference of the Galactic Federation. Ron and his whole family along with Ann his girlfriend are picked up by a Rorlans patrol ship that also picks up other delegates for the conference. Along the way Ron overhears a disagreement between the ship’s captain and someone on Rorla. When they arrive at rorla they are greeted by Clonar and his family and are taken to his place. Before nightfall they are told that they must live with the other delegates in a compound on the edge of the city. Here the family is welcomed by most, but after the first day, they are treated with contempt, and as if they should not have been invited to the conference. Ron and his father find that no matter what they say or do, it is turned against them. Ron’s father is drawn into an assassination of the very person who is directing the anger and contempt towards them. Not until Ron's father becomes an innocent party to an assassination plot, do they fully realize to what extent the Rorlans will carry their deception. Both the director and Ron’s father are shot. Ron’s father lands in hospital in critical condition, the family is then ordered to not leave their house. Ron is asked to join the hunt for the men that shot his father and the director. The chase leads to a planet where special suits have to be worn. When Ron’s suit partially fails him, he is asked by the patrol captain if he wants to call off the manhunt. When Ron shows his anger and wants to capture the fugitives they carry on. After the capture of one and the death of the other, Ron finds himself as a witness at the court and finds himself judge, jury and executioner. Climaxed by this shocking courtroom scene, Ron tells the Rorlans to take care of the prisoner themselves and stocks out of there. Ron only then finds out the level of deceit that has taken place and what has been done to determine if earth people are worthy of joining the Galactic Federation. This conclusion of the story that started in ‘Son of the Stars’ and is finished with ‘Planet of Light’ is a story that must be read from beginning to the end to find out how the Earth survives and is allowed to join the Federation. These are two great books that came out on the 1950’s with the story still valid today