Wasp on cover. Book I read in '80s. Man on alien planet where his skin looked gold & he was superstrong & quick.

Dragonshaz

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Hi, i'v been trying to identify this book for years. It cant be Hothouse - not enough charecters.

As I remember it (I hope). Man with a rocket on an alien planet, and I think hes alone. He's been enhanced so now hes stronger & quicker & his skin is golden. Theres loads of alien lifeforms out to get him, but hes happier here than back on earth or in a suit. One life form is a giant stinging wasp. Another deadly one is a kind of predatory vegetation Rug or giant Purse that wants to fold around & ingest its victim. This lifeform waits in ambush to drop onto & consume you. Twist in the story when this finally happens to our hero, its a symbiant makes things better.
Story is little like John Carter of Mars.

I think I remember a big black & yellow wasp on the cover. And I have an idea the terrain was jungle green, so book cover may have been? This was early 80's and it was secondhand then.

Hope you can help
 

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Doesn't fit exactly, but Deathworld by Harry Harrison has a number of similarities to your description.
 

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I have seen a cover pic that fits your description. In one of my old sf encyclopedias. Frustratingly, 800 miles away at the moment.
 

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You might look at Brian Aldis' Hothouse
Though I'm not sure the synopsis quite meets all the requirements and I haven't read it.
This link has the cover you mentioned.
 

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Just read synopsis of Hothouse & gonna try it. Was 35ish years ago, so I may have mis remembered story
 

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Hothouse is set on a far-future earth, with a group of individuals so far evolved as to be not quite human.
 

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The Furies by Keith Roberts perhaps.


It's the only one with giant wasps I can think of.
 

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The bronze man with exceptional powers sounds like Doc Savage-the rest of the OP description sounds like stuff out the mind of Brian Aldiss.
And then: there's that cover.
 

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The Furies by Keith Roberts perhaps.


It's the only one with giant wasps I can think of.
Forgotten Planet has one book cover that shows some guy being attacked by a giant wasp, however the plot doesn't fit
 

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Dragonshaz, I think you're conflating two stories (this happens a lot). The second half of your description fits 'Hothouse' to a T, particularly the symbiont, while the first half sounds more like Russell's 'Wasp'.
 
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