The Survivors

The Survivors Crushing gravity thin air freezing winter searing summer under two suns A deadly wasteland teems with monsters and fatal fever A thousand untrained Earth men women and children are brutally maroon

  • Title: The Survivors
  • Author: Tom Godwin
  • ISBN: 9781434401557
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crushing gravity, thin air, freezing winter, searing summer under two suns A deadly wasteland teems with monsters and fatal fever A thousand untrained Earth men, women and children are brutally marooned on the planet Ragnarok by a sadistic enemy That night, 200 die In the morning, survivors decide what they will live for revenge The Survivors aka Space Prison IncluCrushing gravity, thin air, freezing winter, searing summer under two suns A deadly wasteland teems with monsters and fatal fever A thousand untrained Earth men, women and children are brutally marooned on the planet Ragnarok by a sadistic enemy That night, 200 die In the morning, survivors decide what they will live for revenge The Survivors aka Space Prison Included in Cold Equations.

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    1. Tom Godwin's place in SF history is secured by his classic short story, The Cold Equations, in which human concerns batter uselessly against an indifferent universe; so I was intrigued to find out what he could achieve at greater length. Alas, not much.A human colonising spaceship is captured by the evil Gerns, who dump the unwanted half of the colonists on a hostile planet called Ragnarok, expecting them to die. Indeed, most of them do, falling prey to the local fauna, climate and diseases, as [...]

    2. recommend this book to me, and I'm glad they did. I make a habit of skipping sci fi books published before 1990, but I've been on a colonizationg kick ever since I read "The Last Colony" by John Scalzi.A bunch of colonists get dumped off on a fairly hostile planet with no technology, and have to survive with what they can find and make there. This book still works because it depends little on advanced technology that seems quaint / rediculous to me. Most of the technology is on the level of city [...]

    3. The thing you need to know going into this is: It's a big story. I don't mean long; I mean big. If you expect to be presented with characters whose heads you can get into, whose individual stories you can get involved with, this book is likely to disappoint you. It isn't the story of a single character, or even a small group. It's the story of a civilization developing almost from scratch.How much from scratch? It goes like this: The Gerns have attacked Earth. A shipload of humans flees in the d [...]

    4. I really like this book. It is a good read and very entertaining. Some parts were very sad however, knowing that it was a means to an end helped. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Sci-Fi genre. Though many children and animals die in the book so if that is not your cup of tea then I say pass this book up.

    5. Tom Godwin's "Space Prison" (originally named "The Survivors") was an enjoyable read, but far from a masterpiece. As said before by many others, it is almost impossible to come to like any of the characters. They show up for a chapter or two, then quickly die off, replaced by their descendants. I understand that Godwin couldn't focus too much on characters, as he is writing over a span of two hundred years, but a character who gets more than a few paragraphs would have been nice.The idea of a he [...]

    6. Crushing gravity. Thin air. Winters of unimaginable cold Searing summers under two suns. A deadly wasteland teeming with monsters and killing fever. That was Ragnarok, the most dreaded planet yet discovered. And Ragnarok was where a thousand untrained Earthmen -- and women and children -- were brutally marooned by a sadistic enemy. Two hundred died the first night. .Crushing gravity. Thin air. Winters of unimaginable cold Searing summers under two suns. A deadly wasteland teeming with monsters a [...]

    7. Godwin will always be remembered for his classic "The Cold Equations," one of the darkest stories ever published in the field. In fact, I was unable to think of anything else he'd written when I stumbled across this slim volume. It's the story of a planetary colonization ship that's taken over by evil aliens; some of the "useful" people are kept as prisoners, but the majority of the passengers are rejected and left on a very harsh and inhospitable world. The viewpoint characters change every few [...]

    8. This odd, little novel was one of those recommended-for-you suggestions that randomly comes up with. I don’t know what it is about my purchasing habits that told I needed to read a 1950’s pulp sci-fi novel, but this time guessed well.I really enjoyed this light, interesting read. My favorite plot element was the inclusion of killer, hooved animals that had a single horn (when reared the height of these marauding “unicorns” was said to be 15 feet). These unicorns didn’t just stampede [...]

    9. I was very pleased with this short book. It is part of a series, but can be read alone as I'm going to do because the rest of the series isn't available in audiobook format.First published in 1958. I can't even wrap my little mind around that. It seems crazy to think there were people writing sci-fi 60+ years ago that still holds up today.The narrator did an excellent job, though the audiobook was a chore to come by. I could only find it available in the UK market under the title Space PrisonI t [...]

    10. the book covers such a vast story (an alternate earth history, an alien race, a war, three planets, and 200 years) that a reader has a difficult time getting to know any of the characters except for some very violent unicorns

    11. Space Prison is a interesting and riveting story. I thought it was a very intriguing, gritty, and sad story.It begins with sadness and finally ends with hope. Its a story about the fall of pride, and a people that rise out of the ashes. Well done.

    12. For a long while, after I got old enough to read big words for myself, my mother would pass books she thought were good to me - Robert Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars, for example. Eventually she approved me going into the collection directly and I worked my way through her shelves which included this gem from HER college years - first published in 1958. A book she loved enough to transport from one end of the country to another through at least four different moves.I loved it too. Massive worldbuil [...]

    13. This isn't a terrible story, it's just a really bad story. The first thing that really bothers me is the huge plot holes. Four thousand humans are captured by the enemy and left on a harsh planet with only one personal bag each, and some supplies. Somehow, the humans are equipped with lots of weaponry. Why didn't the enemy disarm them? They also have hatchets and lots of raw materials to build shelters. No explanation is given as to how they obtained this material. The numbers of humans dwindle [...]

    14. 1958, I read this book as a teen sometime, and had remembered it for a life time. Then trying to search and find it on , here, many many places I could not find it. = Because I did not kn ow the title or author. At about 64 I told my sister-in-law the plot and most of the story line. Then the day before the eclipse she gave this to me when I traveled from Michigan to Cascade, Idaho and stayed with them a couple days. WOW!! I am amazed that she found this.This book is how the conquering Gerns too [...]

    15. Tremendous story about Earthlings exiled on hostile planet by evil Gerns. They must battle extreme heat and cold, diseases, and native animals - unicorns that cannot be tamed, intelligent werewolves - but they live for the day they can exact revenge on the Gerns. Out of the original 4000 Earthlings, less than 100 survive but they are the fittest and strongest and evolve over the next 200 years into a race of supermen. They lure the Gerns back and defeat them. This is sort of like a sequel to the [...]

    16. Survival and changeThis book is an interesting adaptation of survival of the fittest. Being deposited on a different world and having to adapt or die has made the humans a much greater adversary for the Gern. What was originally meant to be subjugation or death has turned into a victory for those who could adapt and did adapt. The human spirit lives on in this strange new universe. An interesting read.

    17. This is an excellent parody of imperial 1950s space opera. It was not written as a parody, so its 5 stars as a parody average with 1 star as a serious novel to get 3 stars. I did enjoy it a lot, largely due to the nostalgia factor: this was one of the first dozen SF novels I read, about 50 years ago.

    18. Brilliant story and my first foray into the Tom Godwin books. The story pulls you into the massive world that could be and I would love to hear more about it and the universe that is teased at. Sadly Tom Godwin isn't with us and the only sequel to this book is apparently not worth it, but it won't stop you from thinking of what it could have been and what if it happened.

    19. Libro dalla lettura scorrevole, ideale per una giornata al mare sotto l'ombrellone, ma dalla trama un po' troppo semplicistica, quasi banale e nessun approfondimento dei personaggi; finale alla "e tutti vissero felici e contenti".Come sarà il seguito, meglio o peggio?

    20. I had been working my way through some of the old SF collected on Project Gutenberg for some months when I stumbled on Tom Godwin’s Space Prison (aka The Survivors, part of a two-story series called Ragnarok, for the planet the original was set on).Godwin, for those unfamiliar, was a late 50's/early 60's writer whose work here bears a loose similarity to classic SF from author like Pat Frank (Alas, Babylon) to Edward Balmer and Philip Wylie (When Worlds Collide / After Worlds Collide), to name [...]

    21. For $0.99, you can download and read the science fiction novel, "Space Prison" from . This book is probably the most entertaining read I have ever purchased for $1.00. I was hard pressed to put my e-reader down, the read was so thrilling and fast-paced. Only the need to charge my e-reader forced me to interrupt my race to the finish."Space Prison", formerly called "The Survivors", was written in the 1950's by little known author, Tom Godwin. The book is about a group of humans who are left to di [...]

    22. Oh dear, this book suffered from pretty much all the complaints I generally level against old science fiction from the ‘golden years.’ It was a good story, though with a very predictable ending, and it was mostly well told; although the prose at the start of the book was wooden and clumsy, it did improve once it got into full swing (or did I just not notice it so much once I was used to it?).All my problems really came down to realism. Yes, this is science fiction. Yes, it is speculative, an [...]

    23. This is one of those rare books that falls into the category of "unknown but pivotal." Many of the authors, comic book writers, and screenplay writers I love have cited this book as influential on their work. I have a sneaky suspicion that a certain Mr. Roddenberry might have read it at some point, along with the screenwriter for "Wrath of Khan." At about 50 years old, this book actually holds up incredibly well as science fiction. The story doesn't rely too heavily on technology, which helps. I [...]

    24. This was a fun classic. It was originally published in 1958 and was one of the classic Ace Doubles Science Fiction novels in the early 60s. Originally called "The Survivors". The story opens with a spaceship trying to make it to the planet Athena before being overtaken by the galaxy spanning conquering Gerns. They do not make it and are boarded by the Gerns. Those deemed useful are enslaved, the rest are dropped on a nearby planet, the deadly 1.5 gravity Ragnarok. There they must survive against [...]

    25. Space Prisoners is short. It's epic. It's a blast to read. I grew up reading a fair amount of "Golden Age" science fiction. That stuff was perfectly tailored to a young male reader such as myself. But as much as it pains me to admit it, a lot of it was pulp trash that would bore me to tears now.In a lot of ways, Space Prisoners resembles the other stuff from its era. The characters are two-dimensional. The story is classic "good guy" vs. "bad guy". There aren't any shades of grey. But just as ma [...]

    26. Un nutrito gruppo di umani si ritrova a cercare di sopravvivere in un ambiente estremamente ostile e la caratteristica che ha decretato il successo dell'Uomo sulla Terra entra in gioco: l'adattabilità.Lettura rapida e coinvolgente, in parte rovinata da una buona dose di errori di traduzione e stampa, come consuetudine per questa collana.Il libro è corto ma intenso, forse un po' costoso se si considera il numero di pagine, ma è sicuramente una buona lettura, ideale per una piccola evasione.Non [...]

    27. The humans and the nazi-analogue alien Gerns are at war, ideologically opposed and both striving to control one strategic planet that would alter the course of the war. A colony ship en route to this world is intercepted by the Gerns. Those the Gerns can make use of are taken away while the remainder are promised to be left on a habitable world until they can be picked up and returned to earth.The Gerns however, abandon the humans on Ragnarok, an inhospitable high-G ore-poor hell of a planet, wh [...]

    28. I was looking for a decent free audio book and found this one. It was surprisingly good! I really liked the way the book details how they were able to adapt and survive. I recommend it.

    29. It turns out that I like 1950s science fiction. I am pleased that I like it as it means a whole world of new authors to read.I really enjoyed this story of survival. The books spans some two hundred years, following each leader as they shape the colony toward a single purpose luring the enemy race back to the planet in order to conquer them.The steps they take in order to do this are quite interesting, the ending is very nice. The vision of the planet at the end is very different to the one in t [...]

    30. I first read this a young teen, and would have rated it a solid 5-star. Very inspiring stuff, I thought back then. However, with age comes wisdom. It is more of the 'humans shall triumph cuz we're better than anyone else' genre. I don't much like that stuff any more. However, as survivalist SF it ain't too bad. Definitely of the Baen Books style of SF, if you like that sort of thing. On the other hand, one can also look at it as a human drama sort of story, set in an SF universe, with the evil a [...]

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