Police Your Planet – Editor’s Notes

In Police Your Planet, Lester del Rey provides us with a gritty look at life on the frontier, only, in this case, the frontier is the corrupt town of Marsport.  In many ways, the novel resembles a western rather than a science fiction story, complete with gamblers, gunslingers and a bar owner with a heart of gold.

Mostly, it is an adventure story, the tale of one man fighting to clean up a corrupt town divided between two factions, each as bad as the other.  In this it resembles the samurai movie Yojimbo and the remake as a spaghetti western A Fist Full of Dollars.  In both movies a stranger comes into a corrupt town, plays both sides against each other, gets beaten up a few times, and finally, at the end is the last man standing after the two factions manage to destroy each other.  That description would serve as a brief synopsis of Police Your Planet even though it predates both movies by a number of years.

Science fiction has always served as a mirror in whose reflection the author shows the reader the ills of contemporary society.  During the fifties when the book was written, police corruption, the aftermath of colonialism, and the power struggles between the east and west were all current concerns.  All of these themes have a role in the book, but the primary intent of the book is as an entertainment.

Lester del Rey was an important figure in science fiction, both as an author, and later as an editor.  Resurrected Press is proud to offer Police Your Planet for your enjoyment.

About the Author

Lester del Rey (June 2, 1915-May 10, 1993) was a science fiction author and editor.  He was born Leonard Knapp in Saratoga Minnesota, and began writing science fiction during the thirties, mostly for Astounding Science Fiction under John W. Campbell.  He wrote numerous stories and novels as Lester del Rey and as Eric van Lhin, Kenneth Wright, and Philip St. John.  During the fifties he served as editor for several magazines under a variety of pen names.  He eventually became an editor for Ballantine Books and with his wife ran their science fiction division del Rey Books.  He won a number of awards for his writing and editing including the 1990 Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for lifetime achievements.

Greg Fowlkes
Resurrected Press

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