Nightmare Planet

Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz

(4.3 stars; 66 reviews)

In science-fiction, as in all categories of fiction, there are stories that are so outstanding from the standpoint of characterization, concept, and background development that they remain popular for decades. Two such stories were Murray Leinster's The Mad Planet and Red Dust. Originally published in 1923, they have been reprinted frequently both here and abroad. They are now scheduled for book publication. Especially for this magazine, Murray Leinster has written the final story in the series. It is not necessary to have read the previous stories to enjoy this one. Once again, Burl experiences magnificent adventures against a colorful background, but to the whole the author has added philosophical and psychological observations that give this story a flavor seldom achieved in science-fiction. - Summary by Original magazine blurb from Science Fiction Plus, June 1953

(1 hr 47 min)


Part 1 43:54 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
Part 2 30:01 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
Part 3 34:03 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz


(3 stars)

This is the third and last story Leinster wrote about this planet with its huge fungi and insects. The reading is excellent and conveys the horror of life on the planet. However, Leinster leaves some very large scientific holes unfilled. First: When the lifeless planet was first discovered, it had an oxygen atmosphere. The planet's geochemistry would have to be very different from Earth's if this were true. Second, fungi are incapable of photosynthesis; so in order for them to survive, most of the planet's flora would have to be green plants. Why are the humans, then, seemingly stuck in the fungus valley? Third, unless the insects had evolved lungs, in order for them to grow as big as they're described here, the atmosphere would have to be at least 50% oxygen; and again, that would indicate a very different geochemistry, and in such a superoxygenated atmosphere, a tiny spark could result in a conflagration, or a lightning strike could cause a huge explosion.

Very much enjoyed this

(5 stars)

Excellent reading by Zachary! I'm left the sad understanding that what was quickly becoming a society of health, prosperity, & happiness will degenerate into one of disease, want, & meaninglessness.


(5 stars)

A worthy end to the trilogy, it had me gripped in the story right to the end. Beautifully read too.


(3 stars)

Basically a masculinity fantasy with a scifi backdrop. Employable, not really great, but ok.

another interesting foray into the unknown

(5 stars)

Thanks for reading this!

This one is best books I’ve read

(5 stars)

Second time around and still excellent.

(5 stars)