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E. C. Tubb


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Legend paperbacks (April 21 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099076205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099076209
  • ASIN: 0099076209
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g

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4.0 out of 5 stars It all starts with a dame. May 7 2012
By Peter S. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For Earl Dumarest, it always starts with a dame.

Or if it doesn't start with a dame, there's a dame involved somewhere.

In this case case, the dame is named Derai, and she is on Kyle, after running away from her family, because she's afraid of everything. Dumarest is given the gig of escorting her back to her homeworld of Hive, where she is a member of the House of Caldor, one of the ruling families of Hive. On the trip to Hive, Dumarest watches Derai clean out a professional gambler. He intuits that she is a bona fide telepath, and he decides that her survival is best asisted by paying off the gambler. She naturally falls in love with Dumarest; Dumarest, though, is a man with a mission, finding Earth.

Dumarest has his own reasons for travelling to Hive; he's been told that someone on Hive knows something about the mythical world of Earth, a world where Dumarest was born.

But there are intrigues in Derai's family, and the sneaky, dastardly Cyclan are involved with their own agenda. The schemes pull Dumarest back in and induce him to travel with the chiefs of the House of Caldor, and with Derai, to the planet Folgone, where men risk their lives in a deadly competition to run a gauntlet to qualify as one of the few winners, otherwise, they are locked into the playing zone where they starve to death. If they win, they - or the wealthy person who pays for their participation - get planted into a pod where they are slowly absorbed while enjoying glorious hallucinations. In this universe, that's what qualifies as "La Dolce Vita."

As with most of Dumarest's world, you have to marvel at (a) its wanton cruelty and (b) its mysterious economics. After all, wouldn't the City Fathers of planet Folgone, or whoever runs the place, figure out that more people might pay to join in the tournament if they weren't promised certain death if they lost? Whatever the answer, Dumarest's world is a cruel, cruel reality.

Needless to say, Dumarest enters the tournament, and, then, he decides that he loves Derai. Will he marry the girl and accept a place as heir apparent to one of the wealthy clans of Hive? Will he give up his lonely quest through a cruel and uncaring universe to find his lost homeworld?

The only hint you'll get from me is that this is Dumarest of Terra #2 and there are another 31 books to go in the series.

Read the book. It's filled with cliches, but it is fun as a "throwback" to a time when men were men and lived by their own rules in a callous, indifferent universe, and only occasionally fell for the dames.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dumarest Book #2 Aug. 28 2010
By Paul Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Derai" is book 2 in the 33 book science-fiction series the Dumarest Saga. Potential readers should be aware that the author has incorporates the themes for the series into each book. Therefore any of the stories can be enjoyed without recourse to any "essential information" contained in previous books. In fact there is no essential information in previous books. Each volume in the series is basically a well-crafted and entertaining science-fiction space adventure that can stand-alone. The central premise concerns Earl Dumarest who is traveling from planet to planet-seeking information concerning his home planet Earth. There are some complications that Earl must confront as he seeks to find his way home. For one, no one has every heard of 'Earth" and there is a secretive society of genetically altered humans, the Cyclans, who are not pleased with his snooping and inquiries.

I have read several books in this series and they all have met or exceeded my criteria for a entertaining science fiction novel: logical plot progression, credible characters development, modest reliance of "super-science" rabbit out of the hat plot resolutions, an admirable central character, imaginative future societies, and respect for the readers intelligence. Author Tubb has worked these Dumarest stories since 1967 and we are told there is still more to come. If this is your introduction to the Sage welcome aboard.

In "Derai" Earl Dumarest is persuade, for a fee payable on delivery, to "baby-sit" a young lady on a space voyage to her home planet. The woman in question, Derai, is the heir to one of the ruling houses on the planet Hive. Derai, in addition to being emotionally fragile has very rare telepathic talents that attract the attention of the conspiratorial Cyclan. Dumarest becomes emotionally involved Derai and must contend with her dysfunctional family.

There is a real problem with the Dumarest Saga. None of the books are "in print" and if fact the last US mass market printing of a Dumarest paperback was in 1984 - "The Temple of Truth - Dumarest #31. Prior books in the series date back to 1967 with Dumarest #1 "The Winds of Gath". It is unlikely these books will be reissued any time soon, if ever. Even if they were I doubt they would reprint the wonderful Ace and DAW edition cover art. Thankfully we have the Internet and sites like Amazon were you could find these books up for resale. Your efforts will be rewarded with the acquiring of some of the most enjoyable SF books ever written.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please come back for Derai Nov. 25 1999
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After hundreds of books, I still remember Derai. Dumarest should find Earth eventually and destroy the Cyclan's brain bank. But of all of the lovers, I want him to come back to Derai. He can use the affinity twin to put her into the body of the Cyclan Queen. They can find a new reason to exist. Tubb is probably dead and never finished the series. But it still plays in my head.
5.0 out of 5 stars Audible Version Well Worth The Price Dec 15 2013
By Jacqueline - Published on Amazon.com
As noted, one other reviewer has found 33 Dumarest of Terra novels, and this is only #2.

I recommend picking them up in order, though the books can be enjoyed in any order. They are designed in the anthology format -- just as the original Star Trek episodes were.

The story of DERAI is -- except for the ending -- a modern day Science Fiction Romance in a galactic setting.

Dumarest is human. The Worlds of this star-spanning galactic civilization are peopled (mostly) by humans -- living on alien worlds with dangerous flora and fauna. Since Dumarest must remain free of personal encumbrance to travel (as did Kirk in Star Trek), Dumarest's entanglement with Derai has to be severed at the end of the book -- but E. C. Tubb doesn't kill her off. So this novel departs from Romance at the end -- but all the elements currently being explored in modern Mixed Genre are present.

Dumarest is traveling the galaxy searching for Earth, the planet of his birth, and working at various "dirty jobs" as he goes. This time he's an armed escort for Derai, a "princess" who is a formidable woman in her own right. Both characters earn the reader's respect.

Many gamers attribute the game TRAVELER's success to having roots in the Dumarest of Terra saga.

The Audible reading of this series is a solid acting performance of all the roles in this novel. The reader effortlessly gives each character an Identity you can hear and visualize.

Note the writer does switch point of view a lot, but uses the cinematic conventions so smoothly that you never miss a beat at the POV switches. Few modern writers have that knack down pat. The trick is to follow the plot, to follow the story, wherever it goes, and reading E. C. Tubb novels can teach a writer to do that. This is textbook perfect writing.

If you are a fan of the Sime~Gen Series of novels, and other Jacqueline Lichtenberg universes, you will find bits and pieces of Dumarest and other E. C. Tubb universes in Lichtenberg's work.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tribute To E.C.Tubb Oct. 17 2013
By Mike Harper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great Writer, Good Story, Regretfully That E. C. Tubb Won't Be Writing Any More. He Will Be Missed .The Dummerest Sagga Is A Good Story,And Would Make A Great TV Movie !!

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