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Return to the Fractured Planet was the twenty-first Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures novel. It features a return of the Stratum Seven Agent who appeared in The Mary-Sue Extrusion.

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I gazed up at the smoking hole the bomb had made - and then I realised something was wrong. Benny lay beside me, slack and tangled like a discarded rag doll, unnaturally pale, and unbreathing. She was dead.

Nothing is ever simple, and nothing ever ends. Feed some drugs to laboratory rats and, two hundred generations down the line, the monsters start being born.

The fragile stability of the Dellahan quarantine has been compromised, and something has escaped. Now, a man in the incipient stages of identity-collapse and a dying Bernice Summerfield have to search the byzantine cities of the Proximan Chain for an entity that killed his lover and her friend - an entity that will turn the Chain into its own version of hell.


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  • The name may reference the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet.
  • An ARVID appears in one of the Background chapters.
  • Benny is still suffering from the Mary-Sue mind wipe she had performed.
  • Elanore Vita Hydrant Summerfield-Kane might be a descendant of Bernice Summerfield and Jason Kane.
  • While the Proximan Chain does not have official security services, SecServ contracts themselves out to the Chain as a form of police.
  • Sleed takes over the planet Sharabeth by spreading insidious consumer products throughout the planet. He attempts to do this in the Proximan Chain.


  • Like The Mary-Sue Extrusion, this is told primarily in first person. However, throughout this novel are chapters entitled "Background", discussing the Stratum Seven Agent. There are also extracts from Bernice Summerfield's diary.
  • Years after the book went out of print, Stone republished it with the Benny Summerfield references removed (including the planet Dellah) and the lead character renamed Pandora Delbane. An ebook of this story, now called Fractured Planet, was released on the Amazon Kindle store on 9 December 2015.


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