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The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Planet Savers” is a science fiction

novel that explores the theme of humanity’s relationship with the environment. The book is part of the Darkover series, a collection of science fiction novels set on the planet Darkover, which is home to a unique blend of science and fantasy.

The story takes place in a future where Earth has become overpopulated and polluted, and humanity is struggling to survive. In an effort to find new resources and new homes, humans have turned their attention to other planets in the galaxy. One of these planets is Darkover, a world rich in natural resources but also home to a unique and dangerous environment.

The protagonist of the story is Dr. Jay Allison, a scientist who is part of a team of researchers sent to Darkover to study the planet’s environment and determine whether it is suitable for human colonization. Upon arrival, Allison is struck by the beauty and majesty of Darkover, but he also realizes that the planet’s environment is harsh and unforgiving. The flora and fauna on Darkover are unlike anything he has ever seen, and he begins to worry that humans may not be able to survive on the planet.

As Allison begins his research, he becomes aware of a strange phenomenon affecting the planet’s population. A group of people, known as the Comyn, possess unique mental abilities that allow them to communicate telepathically and control the environment around them. However, these abilities are fading, and the Comyn are in danger of losing them completely. Without these abilities, they will be unable to maintain the delicate balance of the planet’s environment, and Darkover will be doomed.

Allison becomes convinced that the key to saving Darkover lies in finding a way to restore the Comyn’s mental abilities. He sets out on a quest to find a group of people known as the Sharra, who possess the power to restore the Comyn’s mental powers. However, the Sharra are also feared for their destructive powers, and Allison must tread carefully as he searches for them.

The book is filled with action, adventure, and political intrigue, as Allison navigates the dangerous landscape of Darkover and battles to save the planet from destruction. Along the way, he meets a cast of intriguing characters, including the powerful and enigmatic Regis Hastur, who may hold the key to unlocking the planet’s secrets.

“The Planet Savers” is a masterful blend of science fiction and fantasy, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s vivid descriptions of Darkover’s environment and inhabitants make the world come alive. The novel is also notable for its exploration of environmental themes, as Allison grapples with the question of how humanity can survive and thrive without destroying the very world it relies on.

Overall, “The Planet Savers” is a must-read for fans of science fiction and fantasy. Its compelling storyline, richly drawn characters, and thought-provoking themes make it a timeless classic of the genre. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the Darkover series or a newcomer to Bradley’s work, “The Planet Savers” is sure to capture your imagination and leave you wanting more.

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