Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 - John W. Campbell

Some of the Golden Age. Where Scottish space engineers were real men, and women were bad for discipline. At least on Arthur Burks Hell Ship, anyway. It isn't all that bad though, as this has the fantastic Who Goes There, and a couple of other decent stories, including a Kuttner that reads like the Mighty Marvel boys just might have read this issue.

In fact, McClary's Terrible Sense has more than a touch of the Man Without Fear about it, too.

That gives this issue a 3.25 average from a 21st century point of view.

A fairly length article on rocketry by Ley, and the Analytical Laboratory had a top story list.


Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : Hell Ship - Arthur J. Burks
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : Jason Comes Home - A. Macfadyen
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : Resilient Planet - F. Orlin Tremaine
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : Who Goes There? - John W. Campbell
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : The Terrible Sense - Thomas Calvert McClary
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : Asteroid Pirates - Royal W. Heckman
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : Eviction by Isotherm - Malcolm Jameson
Astounding Science Fiction 1938 08 : The Disinherited - Henry Kuttner


A ship with a Scottish engineer. Amazing. Actually, Astounding probably better.

2.5 out of 5


Ship discovery Swarm warning return.

3 out of 5


Rubber men, and everything else, bar one.

3 out of 5


A discovery of a lifeform buried in the Antarctic ice causes serious problems for an isolated research team.

5 out of 5


Daredevil upgrade.

3.5 out of 5


Saturn apes and Venusian plots.

2.5 out of 5


Europe Removal Machine.

3 out of 5


The Watcher has an air of alienage.

3.5 out of 5





3.5 out of 5

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