In a book, written in 90's or earlier, a group of people is sent to a remote planet. This was possibly a punishment for a crime. They were sleeping in the space ship, and they wake up after landing. I don't remember what happened to the ship after that. I think the planet was quite primitive, possibly they were the first people there. They had laser guns.

One of the characters is called fat by others, because he is a big man and wears a loose shirt. Then he fights with someone and takes his shirt off, and the others see he is very athletic.

  • Sounds a bit like one of the Dune prequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Wasn't it Duncan Idaho who got sent to a distant planet in order to train?
    – Mr Lister
    May 24, 2017 at 13:29
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I think this is Exiles of ColSec by Douglas Hill.

but he was now revealed to have scarcely a gram of fat on his body. Just hard mounded muscle on chest and back, a flat ridged stomach like armour, the rolling bulge of shoulders and arms

the excerpt on google books

The plot involves a crashed space ship that they live in and they have at least one gun. But as I haven't read it in nearly 30 years my memory is a bit hazy on the details.

  • Yes, that's it!
    – user65188
    May 26, 2017 at 18:32