[PW] Children's SF book or short story

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Wed Nov 18 07:59:15 PST 2015


The isfdb has a brief summary of TURNED LOOSE ON IRDRA, which does
sound promising because of the computer assignment element -- but it's
not detailed enough to make sure other points check out.

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?11545


Title: Turned Loose on Irdra
Author: Phyllis MacLennan
Year: 1970
Type: NOVEL
Language: English
Synopsis: William Judson Nagy has just graduated college and has no
Life Assignment. A sentient computer assigns him to the planet Irdra.
There he finds that the administrator has begun the process of
integrating Irdra into the Galactic Union. The Irdrans are completely
unaware of this. (The Irdrans are insectoid, friendly and have natural
biological radios that allow them to communicate with each other at a
distance.) It turns out that one Irdran has misrepresented himself as
the head of their government. He isn't of course and the Irdrans are
found to be anarchists with no need for a government. The
administrator is recalled by the sentient computer. The book is
notable for its deft depiction of an anarchist society, its members
and its history.

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 8:50 AM, J Dye <dye.j at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> While I remember the aliens as being more lizard-like than leathery, it sounds a lot like "Turned Loose on Irdra," which I read in the early 70s. I have strong memories of the book, but hadn't remembered the author, who is apparently Phyllis MacLennan.
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> Turned loose on Irdra The Kirkus review is unfortunately cut off.
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> Jennifer
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>      On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:17 AM, Holly Campbell-Polivka <Hollyc at tigard-or.gov> wrote:
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>  Hi Great Brain,
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> I am hoping you all may be able to help me with a stumper.
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> The juvenile science fiction book (or short story) begins with a guy being interviewed by a computer. He is sent to some sort of desert planet or desert world that is inhabited by beings with leather skin. It is very hot there, but there is a fruit he can eat that helps him tolerate the heat and also makes him be able to go very fast.
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> The patron remembers reading the story in the mid-1970s.
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> I did a google search and was able to find somebody else on a science fiction forum searching for what I believe may be the same book. The clue I got from that was that the person thinks the planet or world may be called something like Alpha. But I'm not sure if this is just a false lead or not. I'm wondering if the author possibly could be Robert Silverberg, and if the story may be Revolt on Alpha C, but I can't find enough of a description to find out whether it matches the patron's description, and when he reads the description, it doesn't ring a bell with him.
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> And suggestions I got from another listserv include: Dorsai novellas by Gordon R. Dickson; The Immortals of Mercury, by Clark Ashton Smith; or Planet of Adventure stories, by Jack Vance. Yay or nay on any of those? I also got the suggestion of Dune, and I'm absolutely positive that is not the one.
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> Dennis Lien, your name was specifically mentioned as someone who may know. Are you out there?
> Thank you in advance!
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> Holly Polivka
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