The Deathworlders

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For centuries, the galactic bureaucracy of the Interspecies Dominion considered it impossible for the planets classified as “deathworlds” to produce intelligent civilizations. The daily challenges of simply surviving on those disaster-wracked, plague-ridden, predator-haunted hellholes would surely favor base animals driven by killer instinct rather than thinking sophonts, and so they were ignored by Dominion surveyors and science teams.

The native civilizations of the high-end deathworld known as “Earth”, therefore, came as something of a surprise.

It came as a surprise to humanity as well. Without any other reference point but their own deadly home planet, humans had always considered themselves to be physically unimpressive. Not as strong as a bear, not as fast as a cheetah, not as sharp-eyed as a hawk… But in reality, a human being is one of the most dangerous things ever to evolve in the Milky Way galaxy.

As an ancient and malicious threat slowly turns its attention towards this anomaly, how will the human race be changed by the revelation that the alien life forms we have long dreamed of meeting are vastly inferior to us in every way?

And how will interstellar society react when an ordinary bartender from Texas can tear the worst monsters in the galaxy limb from limb?

“The Deathworlders” is © Philip Richard Johnson, AKA Hambone, Hambone3110 and HamboneHFY. Some rights are reserved: The copyright holder reserves all commercial rights and ownership of this intellectual property. Permission is given for other parties to share, redistribute and copy this work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Please note that this series has collaborated with other authors, and as such some chapters may be confusing if you have not read those authors’ works.

For essential information to help make sense of this book, check out the Essential Reading. Although I hope that the story makes sense on its own, some of the characters and themes introduced later in the story will be clearer and more familiar if you have followed this list.

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hcrld (not verified)
Word count

You state on Reddit that Warhorse alone is 113,000 words. Has anyone gone and compiled the length of the whole main canon? (Xiu, Salvage, MIA, and Deathworlders. I'm not sure whether to include HDMGP.) I would be curious to how it compares to Harry Potter and other fairly lengthy series. If nobody has, I would be willing to take that challenge. It's just a bunch of copying/pasting.

Socks (not verified)
Jenkinsverse Collection

I'm actually working on compiling everything on the recommended order list into a single PDF. The current word count is 1.15 million, but I still have roughly 40 more chapters to copy down. It's just an estimate, but I'm thinking the final version will be around 1.3-1.5 million words.

mudkip201 (not verified)
DW by itself is just over 900

DW by itself is just over 900,000 words now. IIRC, the rest combined is about 750,000-1,000,000 words.

Hambone's picture
I haven’t counted it myself

I haven’t counted it myself recently, but I’m informed that we’ve overtaken a great many iconic books and series. Just the Deathworlders alone is nearly twice the length of The Lord Of The Rings at the time of writing this comment.

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Fly on the Wall (not verified)
Word Count

As of chapter 35, including the half chapters and the "Kevin Jenkins Experience", total word count comes to approximately 847,000 (+/- 500).

Mastertwitch (not verified)
Count Response

I assembled all of the chapters based on the chronological order and counting the table of content I made and the titles for each chapter for ease of reading there are currently 2,053,324 words. If anyone is interested I have turned the word document into a pdf for ease of reading they can email me for a copy. currently it is 4,458 pages long and I will continue to add the new additions of the chapters as they come out. my email is <email removed by modteam. Please do not redistribute another author's work without permission>

Hyperstrike (not verified)
Re: Word count

As of Event Horizons, we're at about 849,000 words.

Lycanthromancer (not verified)
Point of Order

I think that, at some point or another, you ought to bring up the fact that humans are actually not predators. At least, not evolutionarily speaking. Evolutionarily, we're far closer to highly omnivorous scavengers who (biologically) focused on intelligence, mutual cooperation, and adaptability. We eventually learned how to become hunters through tool use, but we don't have any natural adaptations in being predators -- including our teeth. Once we killed almost all of the worst competing predators on the entire planet (and most of the largest prey), we domesticated ourselves (along with dogs, horses, and some other animals) and settled down to agrarian lifestyles, since that assured a steady income of food. Human-on-human violence actually de-escalated (despite wars becoming more prevalent and extremely violent), and the biggest threat became disease.

I also wonder what the ETs would think of us if they learned exactly what we slaughtered to extinction before settling down to becoming farmers. They're horrified at the thought of a housecat, and would piss themselves at seeing a yawning dog, but once they take a gander at saber-toothed tigers and dire wolves, or that we hunted fuggin' mammoths as prey... And using nothing but sharpened sticks, no less. Or that some humans in Europe had to hunt down and kill vulza that were released by some ET or another with nothing but sharpened metal blades and wooden spike-launchers (bows and arrows).

Yeah, we're a Class 12 NOW, but during our evolutionary upbringing, I wouldn't be surprised if we were the only Class 14 ever discovered.

Pernicious (not verified)
Hmm very true that we're

Hmm very true that we're omnivores. However, its not like we developed the fully bipedal human form and then learned hunting and tool use. Tools by all likelyhood came first, then we adapted to being better able to use them. And the ability to make better tools than whatever random stick or stone was at hand.

We didn't start using tools because we needed to compensate for losing bigger jaws and teeth, we lost them because they weren't needed after we started using tools. Humans actually have natural adaptions for predation - tools and abstract thinking, making for versatile hunters able to change their specialisation for the situation, coupled with social instinct and communication allowing us to coordinate hunts and share our knowledge.

As for danger class, I'm not sure it would've been classified higher, some of the deadliest aspects of earth is the biodiversity with extremely aggressive microorganisms and venomous fauna.

ComradeTortoise (not verified)

Gonna have to disagree there. Yes, we are omnivores, but your idea about adaptations to predation is Teeth do not necessarily make a predator. We were using tools long before we switched over from (mostly) vegetarianism (even a deer will occasionally eat a duckling but australopithecines and their close relatives were pretty specialized herbivores), we simply did not ever need carnivore teeth. What we did evolve was a gate and temperature regulation system well suited to long-distance running--albeit at a relatively sedate pace--in hot conditions. You don't need that as a scavenger. That particular trait is one of a long distance endurance predator. Something that can run after a herd of antelope until they start dying from exhaustion and heat stroke. We can't chase them down over short distances but we are just fast enough to never let them rest and more importantly cool down.

aretae (not verified)

There are (AFAICT) only a small number of apex pack predators in the world. Humans grew up as one of them.

Many species of Dolphin ... with Orcas being the best known.... Wolves -- uncertain of variety of dog or doglikes.... Hyena? and not quite an apex predator...but nonetheless a large pack hunter (read on killing leopard cubs and other smaller monkeys) Chimpanzee Those are our boundaries...humans are somewhere between Orca and Chimp for predatoriness.

Orcas are not bothered by anyone ever... Chimpanzees are very cautious, as a single chimp isn't that impressive, but few critters like to attack a band.

2: Humans, sometime after the 5M years ago split from chimps/bonobos, lost the ability to digest cellulose...that makes us hardcore predators. Digesting cellulose means you biologically expect your primary foodstuff to be hard to digest plants. Also, fairly well accepted is the first humanoid brain-size near doubling from 400cc to 800cc was a result of shifting from a plant-centric diet to a meat-centric diet.

  1. By ~1 M years ago, humans were the dominant land-based pack predator.
Forealtho (not verified)
This gives me life

Don't ever stop writing

Quickfoxdrown (not verified)

Is there any place I could get an epub/mobi of the various canon stories? I just started reading and I would greatly prefer not going back and forth to various Reddit posts to read the recommended reading/chronological order. I will happily pay for ebooks, it's a ton easier to read, both convenience-wise and eyesight-wise. (I have macular degeneration.) Thanks for the great story!

Andy (not verified)
I would really love to have

I would really love to have everything in one file, so I can read it on an ebook reader

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