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The Penal Cluster

By: Randall Garrett
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Penal Cluster" is a captivating science fiction novel written by Randall Garrett. The story is set in a future in which mankind has colonized other star systems and explores the concept of justice and rehabilitation in a high-tech, interstellar society. The plot centres around the Penal Cluster, an isolated region of space in which planets serve as prisons for convicted offenders. Instead of traditional incarceration, these planets provide a novel sort of rehabilitation via hard work and responsibility. The inmates are tasked with controlling the planetary systems, instilling a feeling of duty and community in them. After a legal mistake, the protagonist, Roy Bullard, is sentenced to the Penal Cluster. As he adjusts to his new existence amid his fellow convicts and the totalitarian administration, he finds engaged in a series of trials and tribulations. Bullard is transformed by his experience, and he plays a critical role in revealing wrongdoing within the cluster's management. Randall Garrett's writing blends science fiction and social criticism, delving into themes of redemption, justice, and the possibilities for human transformation. The innovative world-building of "The Penal Cluster" and the moral complications of rehabilitation through accountability captivate readers.

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Randall Garrett

Phillip, Gordon Randall David Garrett (December 16, 1927 – December 31, 1987) was a science fiction and fantasy author from the United States. In the 1950s and 1960s, he contributed to Astounding and other science fiction periodicals. He taught Robert Silverberg how to market enormous amounts of action-adventure science fiction and worked with him on two novels about Earthmen upsetting a peaceful agrarian civilisation on an extraterrestrial planet. Garrett is best known for the Lord Darcy books, which include the novel Too Many Magicians and two short story collections set in an alternate world where a joint Anglo-French empire led by a Plantagenet dynasty has survived into the twentieth century and magic works and has been scientifically codified. The Darcy books are full of jokes, puns, and references (specially to works of detective and spy fiction: Lord Darcy is fashioned after Sherlock Holmes), with elements reappear frequently in the detective's lesser works. Michael Kurland went on to write two more Lord Darcy novels. Garrett used several pen names, including David Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart (an anagram of his name), Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw, and Gerald Vance. As "Randall of Hightower" (a pun on "garret"), he was also a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 50Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359326488
  • ISBN-13:9789359326481
  • Item Weight: 75g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 3.28mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Science / General