Brigands of the Moon by Ray Cummings


Our ship the space-flyer Planetara whose home port was Greater New York carried mail and passenger traffic to and from both Venus and Mars.


Brigands Moon – Thrilling tale of men on the moon.

Brigands Moon a true space opera: a tale of piracy and claim jumping set in the future.

Two Planets Clash for Lunar Treasure Gregg Haljan was aware that there was a certain danger in having the giant spaceship “Planetara” stop off at the moon to pick up Grantline’s special cargo of moon ore. For that rare metal invaluable in keeping Earth’s technology running was the target of many greedy eyes.

But nevertheless he hadn’t figured on the special twist the clever Martian brigands would use. So when he found both the ship and himself suddenly in their hands, he knew that there was only one way in which he could hope to save that cargo and his own secret — that would be by turning space-pirate himself and paying the “Brigands of the Moon” back in their own interplanetary coin.

Classic science fiction tale from Ray Cummings.

Our hero Gregg Haljan is an officer on the Plantara on a trip from Earth to Mars and then back to Earth. He is one of a few of the crew and passengers that knows that on the way back, they are stopping on the moon to retrieve a fortune in ore that has been mined in secret. Little does Haljan know, but brigands have infiltrated the Plantara and are planning on stealing the ore for themselves.

A decent actioner for the time. Originally published in 1931 and this Ace edition was from 1958. It suffers from the lack of characterization which was common for these tales. There is very obvious sexism going on in the tale. Women cannot help defend the ship, but they must be protected at all costs. And most of the women fall for our hero. They prove themselves the best at flying small craft. They used him to pilot our heroes in the climactic battle on the moon.


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