Sword and Planet Science Fiction Books

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A subgenre that combines both the medieval with the cosmos. These are action packed stories full of romance and adventure on distant planets where interstellar travel is possible; the weapon of choice is usually the sword. This is heroic science fiction where heroes are likely to settle disputes with swords than guns. Sword and Planet is the science fiction version of Sword and Sorcery. the focus is on swashbucking adventures on other planets with little scientific rigor. This genre is often combined with science fantasy if there are elements of magic. Sword and Planet is highly related to the Planetary Romance genre. The classic planetary romance everyone knows is Star Wars.
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Barsoom Series

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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THE CLASSIC sword and planet series and a giant in the genre by which all others are compared. If you are interested in the genre, these books are a MUST read. Fun and swashbuckling is the name of the game with this series!
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Dune

by Frank Herbert

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More planetary romance than sword and planet, but there are certainly plenty of S
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Lord Valentine\'s Castle

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A more realistic take on the Sword and Planet genre and a science fiction classic. This one has great writing, characters, and story -- a level above the usual campy pulp in the genre
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Lost On Venus

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Lost! Space adventurer Carson Napier made a grievous miscalculation and became stranded on dangerous, mist-shrouded Venus. But Napier refused to quit. He won the love of the beautiful Duare, princess of Vepaja, became a pirate, fought villains, then lost his beloved to the evil Thorist kidnappers.
 
Napier's adventures on Venus continue in this pulse-pounding sequel to Pirates of Venus. Here the intrepid and wry explorer takes on a savage world in order to rescue the princess from her sworn enemies. Napier’s epic quest for Duare takes him through the streets of the City of the Dead, into the terrifying Room of the Seven Doors, and face to face with fantastic and perilous creatures. Featuring what may be Burroughs’s most realistic hero, Lost on Venus brims with the action, suspense, and wit unique to the Master of Adventure.
 
This edition features an introduction by celebrated writer Kevin J. Anderson and the original illustrations by J. Allen St. John.
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Almuric

by Robert E. Howard

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By the author and creator of Conan
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City Of The Chasch

by Jack Vance

Jack Vance\'s version of the Barsoom series
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The Pnume

by Jack Vance

The Pnume are native to Tschai, living underground in a vast network of caverns with their human slave-species, the Pnumekin. Historians of Tschai, the Pnume collect its past with scholarly disinterest; they hear rumors of Adam Reith - a man who claims to come from another planet, named Earth - and they want him for permanent display in Foreverness, museum of Tschai life! Reith must survive the Pnume tunnels, if he is ever to return to Earth.

The Pnume is part 4 of 4 of Tschai.
Tschai is a planet orbiting the star Carina 4269, 212 light-years from Earth. It is populated by three alien, mutually hostile species; the displaced, native Pnume; and various human races, some of whom live as slaves or clients of the aliens. Each of the four novels relates Reith's adventures with one of the species, and is named after that species.

Cover art by David Russell
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The Sword Of Rhiannon

by Leigh Brackett

Greed pulls the archaeologist Matt Carse into the forgotten tomb of the Martian god Rhiannon and plunges the unlikely hero into the Red Planet's fantastic past, when vast oceans covered the land and the legendary Sea-Kings ruled from terraced palaces of decadence and delight. Talented enough to co-write The Big Sleep film with William Faulkner and imaginative enough to pen the original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back, Leigh Brackett is a giant in the science-fiction field, and The Sword of Rhiannon is one of her most popular adventure tales.
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The Ginger Star

by Leigh Brackett

Eric John Stark, Outlaw of Mars, travels beyond the solar system for exciting science fantasy adventures on the planet of Skaith, a lawless sphere at the edge of the known universe. Raised as a savage on the hostile planet of Mercury and honed into a fearless warrior in the low canals of the Red Planet, Stark is one of science fiction's greatest adventurers and is Leigh Brackett's most famous character. In The Ginger Star, Simon Ashton, Stark's foster father, has been kidnapped by the Lords Protector, and only Stark can rescue him!
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Kane Of Old Mars

by Michael Moorcock

The ninth volume of the Eternal Champion series collects one of Michael Moorcock's most epic fantasy adventures--the story of Kane of Old Mars. The saga begins on the south coast of France, but the adventure continues through space and time. "›Moorcock| is a major novelist of enormous ambition".--"The Washington Post" .
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Pern

by Anne McCaffrey

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Scores of dragons are dead after plague swept across the world of Pern, and now the Weyrs are struggling to rebuild before Threadfall destroys everything—and everyone—left alive. Their best hope lies with a group of new dragonriders who have volunteered to brave the dangers of an unexplored island populated by vicious wild felines and voracious tunnel-snakes to create a safe home for their young dragons, whose offspring will hopefully replenish Pern’s decimated population. But their leader, Xhinna, the first female rider of a blue dragon, faces an uphill battle to win the respect of her peers, especially after tragedy leaves the new colony reeling. The way forward seems to lie with the awesome ability of the dragons to travel through time. But that power comes with risks: By venturing into the past, Xhinna may jeopardize the very future she has sworn to save.
 
“Memorable characters and a good balance of individual dramas and large-scale action make this a strong addition to the Pern saga.”—Library Journal
 
“Longtime fans will enjoy the latest adventures of the cheerful dragonriders and their colorful mounts.”—Publishers Weekly

“McCaffrey will be remembered, rightly, as one of science fiction’s grand masters.”—Tor.com
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Deathstalker

by Simon R. Green

4.33 avg rating
A campy take on Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. It\'s a fun fun series -- heavy on comedy, action, and adventure. Light on anything resembling real science or serious plot
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Star Wars Heir To The Empire

by Timothy Zahn

Here is a special 20th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel that reignited the entire Star Wars publishing phenomenon—featuring an Introduction and annotations from award-winning author Timothy Zahn, exclusive commentary from Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books, and a brand-new novella starring the ever-popular Grand Admiral Thrawn. The biggest event in the history of Star Wars books, Heir to the Empire follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia after they led the Rebel Alliance to victory in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords—the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to create.

The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale—in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.
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The Sky People

by S.M. Stirling

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A more modern take on the whole Sword and Planet genre
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The Port Of Peril

by Otis Adelbert Kline

THE PORT OF PERIL is the third and last of Otis Adelbert Kline's famous Venus novels. It continues the fantastic adventures of Robert Grandon as he encounters the Huitsenni, a weird, buccaneering race who prey upon all the nations of Venus alike, and who attack only in overwhelming numbers so as to insure victory and to prevent pursuit. When these strange beings abduct Grandon's bride, the latter realizes that he must conduct a campaign for their extermination. And out of this comes a tale of action in which event follows event at unparalleled speed, and always against a background of the most fantastic creatures and horrible men.
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