This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
The Forgotten Planet was Leinster's rewrite and novelization of three novellas published previously: "The Mad Planet" (Argosy, June 1920), "The Red Dust" (Argosy, April 1921), and "Nightmare Planet" (Science Fiction Plus, June 1953). In the original first two stories, the adventure was set on a far future Earth. The rewritten novel version was first published by Gnome Press in 1954. The stories collected as The Planet Explorer were originally published as four independent tales: "Sand Doom" (Astounding, December 1955), "Combat Team" (originally published as "Exploration Team," Astounding, March 1956), "Critical Difference"—later retitled "Solar Constant"—(Astounding, July 1956), "The Swamp Was Upside Down" (Astounding, September 1956). Leinster rewrote the four stories to give them all the same protagonist and reissued the stories under the title Colonial Survey, published by Gnome Press in 1956. The book was reissued in 1957 by Avon Press under the title The Planet Explorer. "Anthropological Note" was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1957. "Scrimshaw" was first published in Astounding, September 1955. "Assignment on Pasik" was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, February 1949. The author was listed as "William Fitzgerald," one of Leinster's pseudonyms. "Regulations" was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1948. "The Skit-Tree Planet" was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1947.
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