There was a short story I read in 2004 about people from earth trapped on a foreign planet. General ideas were as follows: people only lived for one week.. They grew quickly over the span of 7 days, people could only go out for 2 hours a day due to extreme temperatures, enemies and friendships were formed quickly... The narrator is a man and ventures off to find the crashed spaceship (running the whole time to avoid the coming temperature drop). He is accompanied by a woman.. She is his love interest. He successful saves the stranded civilization and everyone returns to earth.


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Frost and Fire by Ray Bradbury - Book Cover

Possibly "Frost and Fire" by Ray Bradbury.

Here are some excerpts from online reviews:

When a ship, known as a seed, crash landed on the planet ten thousand days ago, it resigned the people to living in the cliffs, the only place they were safe from the sun where it was so hot it could burn them, and the nights were so cold they could freeze.

This mentions the central character and the short lifespan of his people...

The plot follows Sim, the protagonist of this story, and his apparently short life on a planet where people are cursed by radiation to live only eight days.

And this talks about the brief window of time available each day:

The only time of day they can leave is dawn and sunset for only an hour, where they can gather food, and enjoy the outside.

From other sources, here's a mention of the girl:

Lyte is the girl he has chosen to marry. Together they try to discover the secret that might save them and their race from this unfortunate cycle.

~ Edited from Wikipedia and frostandfirerodriguez94 and theatermania

Listen to an old radio play (alternate link here) adapted from the book. There's also the graphic novel pictured on top.

  • Wow, I hadn't seen those before :-) Looks like this is one of the ''popular'' stories! Feb 10, 2014 at 6:45

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