Sunday, August 17, 2008

John W Campbell, Jr's Astounding/Analog: Annotated list of stories & download links

I recently started actively seeking stories published in those issues of Astounding Science Fiction that were edited by John Campbell. Various renamings of the magazine are included, including ultimately to Analog. Given Campbell's reputation as an editor, the hope is it will bring in a rich haul.

ISFDB lists him as editor of the magazine from October 1937 to December 1971. Means his own influence will begin sometime in 1938. And for at least a year after his exit, his purchases should still have appeared in the magazine. This page will, therefore, cover all issues during 1938-1972.

That's 408 issues. Assuming an average of 5 stories an issue, that's a massive 2000 plus stories. I'll split this page as the list grows unwieldy in size.

The annotated list below mostly includes the stories I've read. Plus a few online stories I'm yet to read (actually, quite a few are online - but linking is time consuming, so will do as I read). List is sorted by publication month (arbitrary order within a month). Will insert new entries as I read more.

Download links are available on stories where I'm aware of an online version. If I have a post on a specific story, link on story title goes there. Link on author fetches more fiction from author. My rating appears in brackets.

I normally batch update this file when several stories have accumulated. This list was last updated 8 October 2009. More recent entries are available in a somewhat less convenient form here.

Annotated story list (recent first).

  1. August 1972: Jerry Pournelle's "Power to the People" (as by Wade Curtis); download: Not read.
  2. June 1972: [ss] Howard L Myers' "Out, Wit!" (A); download; irony: Wrapper matters more than its contents!
  3. March 1972: Larry Niven's "Cloak of Anarchy" (B); download: An experiment in an anarchy-based society where there is no government.
  4. January 1972: Christopher Anvil's "Riddle Me This..."; download: Not read.
  5. January 1972: Jerry Pournelle's "A Matter of Sovereignty" (as by Wade Curtis) (B); download: A US company is practically taking over a small Pacific island republic!

    Parts of the story are an adventure - a company-mobilized gang forcibly frees its cargo ship seized by a neighboring country for some violation or the other. Then there is a conservation project of a kind that makes me see red - big talk of whale conservation by characters that have little regard for other forms of life. There is also an unrelated tangent thread about towing glaciers from Antarctica to meet fresh water needs of some place on US west coast!!!

    An obnoxious "I am superior because I was born in a particular country" attitude is visible all through - not sure if it's author's normal style or something just specific to this story.
  6. June/July/August/September 1970: [novel] Hal Clement's "Star Light" (A): Exploring a high gravity world with weird atmosphere & hydrosphere.

    This is one of the sequels to "Mission of Gravity".
  7. June 1970: Keith Laumer's "Message to an Alien"; download: Not read.
  8. July 1969: Keith Laumer's "The Choice"; download: Not read.
  9. June 1968: [novelette] Howard L Myers' "Duplex" aka "Partner" (as by Verge Foray); download; mystery: One of the two individuals living in the same body has got involved in something sinister...
  10. April 1968: Christopher Anvil's "Is Everybody Happy?"; download: Not read.
  11. October 1967: Anne McCaffrey's "Weyr Search" (B): Description of human society on an extra-Sol world that has lost contact with mother world, & has fallen to barbarism. Quite readable. If you are into dragons, feudal lords, & some magic, you will probably enjoy it more than I did.
  12. September 1967: [ss] Howard L Myers' "Lost Calling" (as by Verge Foray); download; humor: Making of the ultimate diplomat.
  13. August 1967: Christopher Anvil's "Babel II"; download: Not read.
  14. January 1967: [ss] Keith Laumer's "The Last Command" (A); download: A buried AI-driven war machine, awakened accidentally decades after the end of war, is unaware of war's end & considers everything nearby an enemy!
  15. September 1966: Christopher Anvil's "Symbols"; download: Not read.
  16. August 1966: [ss] Bob Shaw's "Light of Other Days" aka "Slow Glass" (A); download: A glass that slows down light so much it takes years to pass through!
  17. March 1966: Keith Laumer's "Prototaph"; download: Not read.
  18. April 1965: James H Schmitz's "Goblin Night"; (B); download: A human psychopath on a colony world loves hunting humans visitors to a game park with the aid of his pet nocturnal carnivore.
  19. June 1965: Christopher Anvil's "Duel to the Death"; download: Not read.
  20. January 1965: Christopher Anvil's "The New Boccaccio"; download: Not read.
  21. June 1964: Gordon R Dickson's "Dolphin's Way" (B): Communicating with aliens is likely to be far tougher than assumed, because we live in different environments, & environments affect the kind of signals we exchange.
  22. February 1964: Christopher Anvil's "Rx For Chaos"; download: Not read.
  23. November 1963: Christopher Anvil's "Problem of Command"; download: Not read.
  24. August 1963: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "Tallien Three" aka "The Hate Disease"; download part 01, 02, 03, & 04: Even mundane may be essential to life.
  25. February 1963: Rick Raphael's "Code Three" (B); download: A day in the life of a (road) traffic police patrol car.
  26. December 1962: Tom Godwin's "--And Devious the Line of Duty" (A); download: A young man gets his heart broken as part of his professional work. Story is a combination of romance & diplomacy.
  27. December 1962: [ss] Mack Reynolds' "Subversive" (A); economy: A case against white collar jobs!
  28. October 1962: [ss] Christopher Anvil's "Gadget vs Trend" (A); download; humor: Little Brother get a weapon to fight the Big Brother
  29. July 1962: William M Lee's "Junior Achievement" (A); download from from Project Gutenberg/Manybooks/Feedbooks: When a group of superkids had an entrepreneurial dream...
  30. May 1962: Ben Bova's "The Next Logical Step" (A); from Project Gutenberg, or Manybooks: Serious implications of the ability to realistically simulate war games.
  31. March 1962: Christopher Anvil's "Uncalculated Risk"; download: Not read.
  32. December 1961: Gordon R Dickson's "Sleight of Wit"; download: Not read.
  33. June 1961: Lloyd Biggle, Jr's "Monument"; download: Not read.
  34. May 1961: Arthur Clarke's "Death and the Senator"; read online at wowio: Certain heart ailments may be best treated in a zero gravity environment.
  35. March 1961: [novelette] Poul Anderson's "Hiding Place" (B); space opera: Best place to hide ... is in plain sight!
  36. November 1960: [novelette] Hal Clement's "Sunspot" (A); hard sf: A manned research ship's journey through the solar corona & very near the Sun's photosphere.
  37. August 1960: [ss] Joseph Paul Martino's "Pushbutton War" (B); download from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks; Chasing an intercontinental ballistic missile in a rocket ship!
  38. May 1960: Laurence M Janifer's "Wizard" (A); download from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks: During the dark days of Christian Inquisition in medieval Europe, a small group of telepaths is doing what it can to reduce the misery of the harassed populace.
  39. May 1960: John Cory's "Egocentric Orbit" (C); download: First men in space, making a few rounds around earth, all go mad because...

    I'm actually surprised because of publication date - as story from 1960 talking about this!

    There are thematic similarities with Tom Godwin's "The Nothing Equation" - but Godwin's story is at least set outside the galaxy & is not likely to get tested soon.
  40. April 1960: [novelette] Harry Harrison's "The Misplaced Battleship"; download from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks: Conspirators have built a super-competent battleship in secret for some evil purpose. Hero will track them down.
  41. April 1960: Rick Raphael's "Make Mine Homogenized" (B); download; humor: When exposure to radiation from a nuclear bomb testing facility did strange things to the milk of a cows & eggs laid by hens.
  42. March 1960: Christopher Anvil's "Shotgun Wedding"; download: Not read.
  43. February 1960: [ss] Mack Reynolds' "Summit" (B); download; Cold War: How the vested interests in both US & USSR guarantee an environment of war, & won't let peace happen.
  44. January/February/March 1960: [novel] Harry Harrison's "Deathworld" (B); download text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, or Feedbooks; download audio from LibriVox or Internet Archive; survival: Hate begets hate, love begets love.
  45. January 1960: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "Attention Saint Patrick" (B); download: An unusual pest control problem.
  46. January 1960: Christopher Anvil's "A Rose By Any Other Name ..."; download: Not read.
  47. November/December 1959: Everett B Cole's "The Best Made Plans"; download; revolution: A young man helps stage a coup that will topple the current dictator & his evil mentor with the lawful ruler.
  48. November 1959: [ss] Rick Raphael's "A Filbert Is a Nut"; download text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks, or Munseys; download audio from LibriVox; humor: A lunatic asylum inmate who could make magic...
  49. October 1959: [ss] Murray F Yaco's "Unspecialist" (A); download: Overspecialization kills flexibility.
  50. September 1959: [novelette] Gordon Randall Garrett's "... Or Your Money Back" (A); download; humor: Goodluck charms aren't illegal at roulette table!
  51. September 1959: [ss] M I Mayfield's "On Handling the Data" (A); download: A sobering look at human reaction to "facts" from "experts".
  52. September 1959: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "A Matter of Importance" (A); download: A smart cop against a planetful of military.
  53. September 1959: [novelette] Gordon Randall Garrett's "... Or Your Money Back" (A); download; humor: Goodluck charms aren't illegal at roulette table!
  54. August 1959: [novelette] A Bertram Chandler's "Familiar Pattern" (as by George Whitley) (A); download: A replay of European colonization pattern with aliens.
  55. August 1959: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "The Aliens" (A); download: First human contact with aliens begins on a very hostile note, but ends in peace. Except for some rather dramatic scenes, it's generally a gripping story.
  56. June 1959: [novelette] Ralph Williams' "Cat and Mouse" (A); download: A colorful pest control problem!
  57. May 1959: [ss] Robert S Richardson's "Disturbing Sun" (as by Phlip Latham) (B); download: Solar activity affects human moods to the extent that it is this that is primarily responsible for all the evil wars & massacres of history!
  58. May 1959: [ss] Roger Kuykendall's "We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly" (B); download, humor: Couple of US kids have fun building an amateur spaceship & tinkering with a Russian satellite in orbit.
  59. March 1959: [ss] George Oliver Smith's "Instinct" (B); download from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks, or Scribd: Powerful aliens are befuddled by human "instinct" to rise from savagary to capability of galactic adventure. Juvenile story.
  60. February/March/April 1959 (3 part serial): [novel] Murray Leinster's "The Pirates of Zan" aka "The Pirates of Ersatz" (A); download from Webscription/Project Gutenberg/Manybooks/Feedbooks; space opera: A young man's struggle to up his social station.
  61. February 1959: Frank Patrick Herbert's "Missing Link" (B); download: A world of rogue but technologically primitive hominid aliens are brought in line by human policemen of galaxy!
  62. December 1958: Christopher Anvil's "Seller's Market"; download: Not read.
  63. October 1958: [novella] Clifford D Simak's "The Big Front Yard" (A): When aliens introduced humans into the cosmic community of rational beings.
  64. October 1958: [ss] Rog Phillips' "The Yellow Pill" (A); download: Patient claims the psychiatrist is crazy rather then the patient...
  65. September 1958: Christopher Anvil's "Foghead"; download: Not read.
  66. July 1958: Christopher Anvil's "Top Rung"; download: Not read.
  67. May/June/July 1958 (3 part serial): [novel] Hal Clement's "Close to Critical" (A): Examining a world with extremely dense atmosphere, ample water, & where surface temperature varies only in a very very narrow band, just below the critical temperature of water.
  68. February 1958: Mark Clifton's "The Dread Tomato Addiction" (A); download; satire: Logic as used by certain classes of people! Note: Original Astounding classification for this piece is "essay", but it reads well as flash fiction too.
  69. December 1957: Gordon R Dickson's "Danger - Human"; download: Not read.
  70. December 1957: Christopher Anvil's "Truce By Boomerang"; download: Not read.
  71. November 1957: [novella] Christopher Anvil's "The Gentle Earth" (A); download: Alien cold-blooded invaders have occupied much of US, but are losing battle against earth's weather. Often humorous, but with a lame ending.
  72. October 1957: [novella] Murray Leinster's "The Grandfathers' War" (A); download: When kids won't talk to parents...
  73. September 1957: Eric Frank Russell's "Into Your Tent I'll Creep" (C): Humans are slaves of a master race unknown to them. And now this master race has used humans to spawn itself off as masters of an alien race too - aliens that are friendly to humans.
  74. August 1957: [novella] Murray Leinster's "The Mutant Weapon" (A); download; biological warfare: Catching thieves out to steal a world...
  75. April 1957: [novelette] Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe" (A); download audio or comic book adaptation: Human operator (via directly linked mind-to-mind interface) of an artificial animal adapted to live on Jupiter's "surface" becomes one with him, & would rather live in that healthy body on Jupiter rather than in his own withered human body.
  76. April 1957: Christopher Anvil's "Torch"; download: Not read.
  77. February 1957: [novelette] H Beam Piper's "Omnilingual" (A); download text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, or Feedbooks, or audio from LibriVox; Astounding, February 1957: A universal rosetta stone to decode the writings of a long dead civilization known to be at about our level of technological ability.
  78. December 1956: [ss] Michael Shaara's "2066: Election Day": Not read.
  79. November 1956: [ss] Reginald Bretnor's "The Doorstop": Not read.
  80. September 1956: [ss] Hal Clement's "Dust Rag" (A): Description of a lunar phenomenon decades before its verification.
  81. September 1956: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "The Swamp Was Upside Down" (A); download: How to stop landslides?
  82. August 1956: Eric Frank Russell's "Top Secret" (B): Fun with data-corrupting communications channels!
  83. July 1956: Murray Leinster's "Critical Difference" aka "Solar Constant" (A); terraforming: When a sun goes cold during a particularly severe sunspot cycle, the life on its two inhabited worlds is threatened. The hero will figure a way out - not only to survive, but to thrive.
  84. June 1956: [novelette] Eric Frank Russell's "Plus X": I've only read its 1959 novelization - the hilarious & crazy "Next of Kin" - a smart alec does a jailbreak where his captors happily see him off the door! Since the really funny part of the novel is concentrated in later half, I would expect that to be close to original shorter version.
  85. March 1956: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "Exploration Team" aka "Combat Team" (A); download; adventure: A rebel helps tame a dangerous world. Winner of Hugo Award 1957 in novelette category.
  86. February 1956: [ss] Algis Budrys' "Silent Brother": Not read.
  87. February 1956: [novelette] Mark Clifton's "Clerical Error" (A); download: In a society that doesn't value innovation, a man inflicted with demons formed by an understanding of the nature of his society & his upbringing is cured by a kind psychiatrist.
  88. February 1956: Christopher Anvil's "The Prisoner"; download: Not read.
  89. December 1955: [ss] Stanley Gimble's "Breakaway" (B); download from Project Gutenberg/Manybooks/Feedbooks: Description of the take off of the first manned rocketship flight to moon - from days before the actual event happened.
  90. October 1955: [ss] Ernest M Kenyon's "Security" (B); download: There are ways of circumventing the most stifling bureaucracy!
  91. September 1955: [ss] Murray Leinster's "Scrimshaw" (B); download: A revenge drama that is not really about revenge.
  92. August 1955: [ss] James Blish's "One-Shot" (B); download from Project Gutenberg/Manybooks/Feedbooks/Munseys; Cold War: A good gambler's hunch has other uses too!
  93. July 1955: Eric Frank Russell's "Tieline" (as by Duncan H Munro) (B): Sole man on an entire planet that serves as a space lighthouse is very lonely.
  94. July 1955: Eric Frank Russell's "Waitabits" (A); humor: Different people run their lives at different pace. What happens when faster ones try to bring up the slower ones to their pace?
  95. May 1955: [ss] Eric Frank Russell's "Allamagoosa" (A): Data fudging can have unforeseen consequences!
  96. March 1955: Eric Frank Russell's "Diabologic" (B): The art of driving other people nuts! And using it as a political strategy!
  97. February 1955: Algirdas Jonas Budrys's "Citadel" (B); download: Bureaucrats on earth working to aid "private" human colonization of galaxy are feeling guilty for the bad things they have to do.
  98. January 1955: Eric Frank Russell's "Nothing New" (B): Human explorers to a world suspected to be home to immortals don't realize they are not the first human expedition there.
  99. November 1954: [novelette] Algis Budrys' "The End of Summer": Not read.
  100. August 1954: [novelette] Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" (A); download full text or MP3 of radio show adaptation: An innocent girl is to be executed due to apathy of administration (according to author, due to nature's laws, but that's not how it comes across in the story). Intensely emotional.
  101. July 1954: [novelette] Randall Garrett's "The Hunting Lodge": Not read.
  102. September 1953: Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Humpty Dumpty" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); read online a part of a larger package (no download).
  103. April/May/June/July 1953 (4 part serial): [novel] Hal Clement's "Mission of Gravity" (A); hard sf: Life on a super-high gravity, super cold world where liquid methane plays the role of water & hydrogen of oxygen.
  104. July 1952: [ss] Michael Shaara's "All the Way Back" (A); download: An answer to "why haven't we met aliens yet?"
  105. October/November/December 1951 (3 part serial): [novel] Hal Clement's "Iceworld" (A): First contact between two sentient races with very different sensitivity to temperature.
  106. June 1951: Eric Frank Russell's "... And Then There Were None" (A); download: A gang of imperialists is frustrated by a planetful of Gandhian natives.
  107. October 1950: Wyman Guin's "Trigger Tide" (as by Norman Menasco) (B); download: An assassin, on a mission to kill leader of a group of despots on a human colony world, learns of strange effects of interaction of its many moons with local piezoelectric rock formations.
  108. July 1950: [novelette] C M Kornbluth's "The Little Black Bag" (A): A medical doctor going through a bad patch finds a magical medical kit from future that helps him find a purpose in life.
  109. December 1949: [novelette] James H Schmitz's "The Witches of Karres" aka "Karres" (A); space opera: I've only read its longer novelized version; am assuming this original shorter version is similar. It's usual space opera, but features a community of supermen/women ("witches" of title) with unusual mental abilities.
  110. September 1949: Arthur Clarke's "Hide-and-Seek": A sole man is on the run on Phoboes, a Martian moon. He is being hunted by a well armed military unit. Will he be able to outwit his pursuers?
  111. July 1949: Clifford D Simak's "Eternity Lost" (A): A lawmaker considers himself above law.
  112. January 1949: [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Private Eye" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A): Getting away with murder in a society where it's impossible to not have witnesses!
  113. May/June 1948 (2 part serial): [novel] Hal Clement's "Needle" aka "From Outer Space" (B): Two parasitic alien visitors to earth - a fugitive & a cop - both need a human host. By the end, good will win. A lot of text devoted to description of life on an idyllic corral island in the Pacific.
  114. December 1948: Eric Frank Russell's "Late Night Final" (A); humor: Star faring colonists of this far future earth end up losing to something rather "simple"!
  115. November 1948: [novelette] Wilmar H Shiras' "In Hiding" (A): A child prodigy is forced to perform at "normal" human level!
  116. August 1948: A E van Vogt's "The Monster" aka "Resurrection" (A): Nasty aliens attempting colonization of dead earth get a rude shock.
  117. June 1948: Judith Merril's "That Only a Mother" (A): In a post nuclear apocalypse world with widespread bad genetic mutations, a mother cannot see the gross physical deformity in her just born daughter. Very moving.
  118. May 1948: [ss] Murray Leinster's "The Strange Case of John Kingman" (A): A long time inmate of a mental asylum, suffering from superiority complex, is not human at all!
  119. November 1947: [novelette] Theodore Sturgeon's "Thunder and Roses" (B); download: A nuclear war has doomed US. Some survivors awaiting death are trying to prevent retaliation it's still capable of inflicting - to give humanity a chance, even if it is without the US.
  120. September 1947: Eric Frank Russell's "Hobbyist" (B): A stranded spaceman on an alien planet hasn't realized he's actually met god!
  121. July 1947: [novella] Jack Williamson's "With Folded Hands" (A); download MP3: Benign robots have turned humans into worthless beings with no hope. I actually don't like it's negativity much, but rating it B would have moved it below many stories far less well written!
  122. March 1947: [novelette] William Tenn's "Child's Play" (A): What if Henry Kuttner & C L Moore retold Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"?
  123. December 1946: A E Van Vogt's "Hand of the Gods"; download: Not read.
  124. September 1946: [novella] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Vintage Season" (as by Lawrence O'Donnell) (A): Uncaring future time travelers visit our time on vacation to enjoy a major disaster!
  125. August 1946: A E Van Vogt's "Child of the Gods"; download: Not read.
  126. May 1946: A E Van Vogt's "A Son is Born"; download: Not read.
  127. May 1946: Arthur Clarke's "Rescue Party" (A); download: There is life even after apocalypse - so don't lose hope.
  128. April 1946: Arthur Clarke's "Loophole"; humor: Martian aliens bar earthlings from developing rockets, & get the surprised!
  129. March 1946: [ss] Murray Leinster's "A Logic Named Joe" (as by Will F Jenkins) (A); download full text or MP3 (dramatized): Exploits of a super-intelligent AI, but one without human ethics or morals.
  130. December 1945: Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Beggers in Velvet" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); read online a part of a larger package (no download).
  131. October 1945: Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "What You Need" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A): Inventor of a future-viewer is silently shaping the world's future!
  132. October 1945: [novella] A Bertram Chandler's "Giant Killer" (B): When a brave among "the people" slew the only 3 "giants" in the "universe" known to "people". Lot of gory violence. Suspense is officially relieved near end but you are actually clear about most suspense elements much earlier.
  133. September 1945: Hal Clement's "Uncommon Sense" (A): A man's curiosity saves his life on a weird world.
  134. September 1945: Murray Leinster's "The Power" (B); first contact: Closest Leinster comes to marrying occult with scifi. Befuddled & superstitious humans' reaction to the sole survivor of an alien spacecraft that crash landed somewhere in Europe in fifteenth century.

    Very similar in concept to 2007 Hugo nominee novel - Michael Flynn's "Eifelheim".
  135. August 1945: Murray Leinster's "Pipeline to Pluto" (B); revenge: Corrupt officials running a racket fed by bribes meet their nemesis.
  136. July 1945: Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Lion & the Unicorn" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); read online a part of a larger package (no download); racism.
  137. June 1945: [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Three Blind Mice" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); read online as part of a larger package (no download); racism: Racist organization needs to be nipped in the bud.
  138. June 1945: Murray Leinster's "The Ethical Equations" (A); first contact: An enigmatic apparently-dead alien ship has drifted into Sol. How should humans respond? Hero has an unusual answer.

    This story appears to have inspired several Arthur Clarke stories - including "Jupiter Five", "Rendezvous with Rama", & a subplot of "Nemesis". Or may be the influence is the other way round.
  139. May 1945: [novelette] Murray Leinster's "First Contact" (A); download MP3 version: The story that coined the term "first contact" with its modern meaning. When a human ship meets an alien one in a far off nebula, neither side has reason to trust the other with the location of its mother world. How to ensure both ships can safely leave for home without letting the other know its homewold location, & yet be able to keep contact?
  140. March 1945: [novelette] Isaac Asimov's "Blind Alley" (A); humor: Bureaucrat extraordinaire in action...
  141. February 1945: [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Piper's Son" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); read online a part of a larger package (no download); racism: Zero tolerance for racists poisoning children's minds.
  142. January 1945: [novelette] A E van Vogt's "The Mixed Men" (B); download; space opera: Of the 3 species of robots in Fifty Suns - Dellian, non-Dellian, & "Mixed Men" - Mixed Men are the least numerous & most competent; they've now declared a war on humanity.

    Sightly longer summary in "The Mixed Men" collection.

    This story is a sequel to "The Storm" that appeared in October 1943.
  143. December 1944: [novella] C L Moore's "No Woman Born" (A): Among the first modern cyborg stories - a victim of fire gets a metallic robot body as the new home of her original brain.
  144. November 1944: [novella] Theodore Sturgeon's "Killdozer!" (B): An evil spirit buried by an ancient lost civilization is awakened in a Pacific island at the site of an airport construction project, & has possessed a bulldozer - a bulldozer with only one purpose: kill all humans at the site!
  145. [2 posts of this story exist] November 1944: [ss] Clifford D Simak's "Desertion" (B): Reengineered humans & dogs with bodies adapted to Jovian surface behave in unexpected ways.
  146. November 1944: [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "When the Bough Breaks" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); generation gap: A variation on "Mimsy Were the Borogoves", with some darker shades of "Absalom" mixed in. A baby is a superman - the first of the new race "homo superior", causing much anguish & heartburn in his parents.
  147. October 1944: [ss] Lester del Rey's "Kindness" (A): A mutation has diverged humanity into supers & normal - normals dying out over time. This is the story of the last normal - his extreme discomfort in a society where he's too dumb compared to everyone else.
  148. July 1944: [ss] Clifford D Simak's "Huddling Place" (B): A man is suffering from extreme agoraphobia.
  149. June 1944: [novelette] Fredric Brown's "Arena" (C); download text or comic book adaptation: In a war between humans & aliens, god-like aliens intervene to ensure a decisive conclusion.
  150. May 1944: Chester S Geier's "Environment" (B); download: An apparently dead city on an alien world transforms visiting humanoids into super-beings.
  151. April 1944: John R Pierce's "Invariant" (A): Serious consequences of rejuvenation treatment.
  152. April 1944: [ss] Fritz Leiber's "Sanity" (B): The idea of human sanity depends on what the society considers "normal".
  153. December 1943: [ss] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Iron Standard" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B): Jolting a static civilization out of its slumber. Set on Venus.
  154. October 1943: [novelette] Eric Frank Russell's "Symbiotica" (B): Travails of inadvertently nasty human adventurers on an alien planet where animal & plant life-forms live in a much closer symbiosis than on earth, & where plants can be very nasty once provoked.
  155. October 1943: [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Proud Robot" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A); humor: Hilarious story about a robot in love with itself. Touches on some contemporary themes - video use in a way that annoys content owners, DRM (yes - in a 1943 story!), frivolous patents - but in a manner technologically irrelevant to current times (except last issue - patents).
  156. October 1943: [novelette] A E van Vogt's "The Storm" (B); download; space opera: Long drawn human/robot wars now show promise to end amicably.

    This story is a sequel to "Concealment" in September 1943 issue; it's sequel is "The Mixed Men" in January 1945 issue.
  157. September 1943: [ss] A E van Vogt's "Concealment" (B); download; space opera: An exploration battleship of Imperial Earth has located an unexpected civilization of "Dellian perfect robots" in Lesser Magellanic Cloud, bringing to fore the ancient mutual hatred of the two species.

    This story begins a series - next story is "The Storm" in October 1943 issue.
  158. August 1943: Henry Kuttner's "Endowment Policy" (B): A man wants to tinker past so he can be a despot later!
  159. March 1943: [novella] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Clash by Night" (as by Lawrence O'Donnell) (B); read online (no download); war: Description of a war in a society where countries don't keep militaries, but hire the services of independent military companies for both attack & defense! Set on Venus.
  160. February 1943: [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A); download HTML, or read online at scribd; Astounding, February 1943; generation gap: Cognitive processes impossible to adults can be taught to very young kids.
  161. January 1943: Henry Kuttner's "Nothing but Gingerbread Left" (A): A musical super weapon - for use by US against Germany in World War II. Need to read it with suspended credulity, but good fun.
  162. December 1942: [novelette] A E van Vogt's "The Weapon Shop" aka "Weapon Shops of Isher" (B): An organization in the role of Robin Hood in a future dystopia.
  163. September 1942: [novelette] Henry Kuttner and C L Moore's "The Twonky" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A): An audio player that can do your dishes, read & change your mind, stop you from doing naughty things, ...!
  164. September 1942: [novella] Lester del Rey's "Nerves" (A): Containing damage in the aftermath of an accident at a facility manufacturing radioactive products.
  165. April/May 1942 (2 part serial): [novel] Robert Heinlein's "Beyond This Horizon" (as by Anson MacDonald) (B): A couple can choose the best baby among all they are going to have over the lifetime. Those normally born are a lower caste. Villains breed special purpose human babies we would call monsters!
  166. January 1942: Eric Frank Russell's "Mechanistria" (B): Adventure on planet Mechanistria, a world ruled by very hostile robots.
  167. September 1941: [ss] Alfred Bester's "Adam and No Eve" (A); download graphic adaptation: A maniacal inventor inadvertently uses a new discovery & ends up destroying all life on earth. But there is a way yet for earth to rebuild life - only there won't be any more humans.
  168. September 1941: [novelette] Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" (A); download MP3: On a world with many suns, natives are unexposed to the idea of night & are very afraid of dark are about to face night & nightmares due to eclipse that occurs only once several thousand years.
  169. July 1941: Robert Heinlein's "We Also Walk Dogs" (A): A man builds an anti-gravity device - so alien visitors to a conference on earth will not find local gravity too oppressive!
  170. May 1941: Eric Frank Russell's "Jay Score" (A): A passenger ship on earth to Venus voyage is hit by a meteor, & is now headed for Sun!
  171. May 1941: [novella] Robert Heinlein's "Universe" (A): A massive spaceship adrift for centuries for reasons long forgotten has inhabitants living as in a primitive society.
  172. May 1941: Robert Heinlein's "Solution Unsatisfactory" (B); download: If one country has nuclear weapons, it's logical for every other country to try acquiring it - NPT is a sham. Story has racist overtones.
  173. April 1941: [novelette] Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God" (A): A technique to significantly speed up the rate of scientific progress. Implicit is the very real prospect of a major threat to future of humanity as a side effect of this technique.
  174. February 1941: [novelette] Robert Heinlein's "...And He Built a Crooked House" (A); download; humor: An unusually constructed house with 6 rooms in a space that will normally fit only 1 room! Only the architect made a minor mistake!
  175. January 1941: [novelette] Eric Frank Russell & Maurice G Hugi's "Mechanical Mice" (A): Robots programmed for survival terrorize a neighborhood.
  176. December 1940: [novelette] P Schuyler Miller's "Old Man Mulligan": Not read.
  177. November 1940: [novelette] L Sprague de Camp's "The Exalted": Not read.
  178. October 1940: [ss] L Sprague de Camp's "The Warrior Race": Not read.
  179. October 1940: [novelette] Theodore Sturgeon's "Butyl and the Breather": Not read.
  180. October 1940: [novelette] Harry Bates' "Farewell to the Master" (A); download; first contact: What we see depends on what we are...
  181. September 1940: [novelette] Robert Heinlein's "Blowups Happen" (B); download: Dated story. Nuclear power plants require so much uranium that a single one can destroy all life on earth. Hero will find a way out.
  182. September 1940: [ss] Ross Rocklynne's "Quietus" (A); download: "who we are creates a bias in how we view the world".
  183. August 1940: [novelette] A E van Vogt's "Vault of the Beast": Not read.
  184. July 1940: [ss] Lester del Rey's "Dark Mission": Not read.
  185. June 1940: [novelette] Robert A Heinlein's "The Roads Must Roll" (A); download MP3 of radio adaptation: Terrorist attack on suburban transport system causes much mayhem.
  186. May 1940: [ss] Jack Williamson' "Hindsight": Not read.
  187. March 1940: [ss] Willard Hawkins' "The Dwindling Sphere": Not read.
  188. January 1940: [ss] Robert A Heinlein's "Requiem" (B): A man dies pursuing a dream.
  189. November 1939: Robert Heinlein's "Misfit" (A): An asteroid is moved - to build a space station!
  190. October 1939: [ss] Joseph E Kelleam's "Rust" (A): Killing robots meant to destroy the enemy have done a minor change to their mission - "kill everything that lives", including those who built them.
  191. September 1939: [ss] Theodore Sturgeon's "Ether Breather" (A); humor: A new TV transmission technology has made communications with invisible intelligent beings possible! But they have a weird sense of humor.

    This is Sturgeon's first published story.
  192. August 1939: Robert Heinlein's "Life-Line" (A); download: Soothsaying can be dangerous! First published story of Heinlein.
  193. August 1939: Milton A Rothman's "Heavy Planet" (B) (as by Lee Gregory); download: A native of a super-high gravity & super-dense atmosphere world has found an invaluable relic of alien origin.
  194. August 1939: [novelette] L Sprague de Camp's "The Blue Giraffe" (A); humor, science fiction: Adventures of a British investigator in an animal reserve in South Africa where too many freak births have been happening among the animals.
  195. July 1939: [novelette] A E van Vogt's "Black Destroyer" (A); download: A practically immortal super-being of an alien world is attacking human visitors & threatens to overrun inhabited galaxy. I found the ending incomprehensible, but it was an interesting read. First published story of Van Vogt.
  196. July 1939: [novelette] C L Moore's "Greater Than Gods" (B): Depending on which of the two woman a man marries, there will be two futures of mankind. His telepathic descendants from far future of either branch are now reaching out to his time - to canvass for their branch of future!
  197. July 1939: [ss] Isaac Asimov's "Trends" (B): Religious cranks won't let the first manned flight to moon happen - terming it sacrilege against gods! Hero will fight the forces of the dark & win (after much trouble).

    Asimov's first appearance in Astounding, & his third published story.
  198. May 1939: [ss] Lester del Rey's "The Day is Done" (A): Last neanderthal breaths his last. Sentimental & sad mood.
  199. March 1939: [novella] John W Campbell, Jr's "Cloak of Aesir" (B) (as by Don A Stuart): Earth was colonized by aliens thousands of years ago - an event that turned men into surfs. Now a group of men are beginning a revolution to throw the aliens out.
  200. December 1938: Lester del Ray's "Helen O'Loy" (A): A hominid robot in a female body is madly in love with "her" creator!
  201. August 1938 (download issue scans): [novelette] Arthur J Burks' "Hell Ship": "Josh McNab, good Scots engineer, finds himself against a cracked rotor-shaft & a bull-headed skipper - aboard the Spaceship Arachne!"
  202. August 1938 (download issue scans): [ss] A B L Macfadyen, Jr's "Jason Comes Home": "A boy sailed out - trapped in an unmanned spaceship. A man sailed back, years later, to wipe the green scum of life from all Earth -"
  203. August 1938 (download issue scans): [ss] Warner van Lorne's "Resilient Planet": "A man is baffled by the problem of fuel - when the entire planet - machines, buildings, even people - is made of rubber!"
  204. August 1938 (download issue scans): [ss] Calvin Peregoy's "The Terrible Sense": "Not sight - nor hearing, quite, nor touch, nor taste - but he learned through it the tyranny of Sound!"
  205. August 1938 (download issue scans): [ss] Royal S Heckman's "Asteroid Pirates": "Concerning the highly intelligent & completely bullet-proof Saturnian Apes!"
  206. August 1938 (download issue scans): [ss] Malcolm Jameson's "Eviction by Isotherm": "When the weatherman can make his predictions come true, he becomes he becomes a dangerous enemy -"
  207. August 1938 (download issue scans): [ss] Henry Kuttner's "The Disinherited": A god-like energy being won't let the violent & cruel humans travel beyond earth to corrupt other planets, & is ready to help them grow up.
  208. August 1938 (download issue scans): [novella] John W Campbell, Jr's "Who Goes There?" (as by Don A Stuart) (A); download text, or (in US only) watch John Carpenter's movie adaptation titled "The Thing" (1982) at SF Signal or at Hulu: Curious figuratively & inadvertently open the bottle to let the djinn out, & all hell breaks loose.
  209. June 1938: [novelette] Raymond Z Gallun's "Seeds of the Dusk" (A); biological warfare: How Martians exterminated the descendants of humanity.
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Anonymous said...

Hoping you can help me, as I try to recall a serialized novel from the 50's in ASF. The plot involved a kidnapped young man, brought aboard a commercial interstellar spacecraft, in a society where the sublight craft, due to time dilation, take long jumps in time between destinations. The Captain is a cruel martinet, who ultimately trains the young kidnapped man to be his successor on the 'Long....(and here I draw a blank!)

Anonymous said...

Sorry dear, the plot doesn't strike a cord.

You might, however, get help at rasfw - real veterans of the genre assemble there.

Unknown said...

The novel that Anonymous is asking about is L. Ron Hubbard's TO THE STARS, serialized in ASF in 1950. It was later published as a mid-1950s paperback by Ace under the title RETURN TO TOMORROW, and is currently available under its original title ( with a dust jacket that recycles part of the ASF cover (by Rogers) of the first installment. Good story, though Hubbard's knowledge of relativity was weak, as when the hero is standing watch on the bridge, seeing how many photons the ship is catching up to, and making sure that the ship doesn't reach the speed of light. I should mention, for the benefit of people who retch at the mention of Dianetics/Scientology, but who have never read any of his sf or fantasy, that Hubbard was a very good writer until he decided he'd rather be rich.

Hank Davis