Friday, January 1, 2010

"Astounding Science-Fiction", August 1943 (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover by Timmins, of Astounding Science-Fiction magazine, August 1943 issueScans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

Table of contents (6 stories, best first, unread last).

My rating is in brackets. Where I have a separate post on a story, link on story title goes there. Link on author fetches more fiction by author.
  1. [novelette] Anthony Boucher's "One-Way Trip" (A): "An artist found a new way to handle the problem of self- portraiture - another man saw a way to world rule - another was doomed, shot out into space on the one-way trip to nowhere - because of a curious mineral!"
  2. [ss] A E van Vogt's "M 33 in Andromeda" (B): A group of human adventurers overcome a galaxy-sized monster!
  3. [ss] Fritz Leiber, Jr's "The Mutant's Brother" (B): "Twins raised apart from birth have very different characters - environment counts a lot. And if the twins are mutants, with unhuman powers, the application of those powers may be vastly different."
  4. [ss] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Endowment Policy" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B): Security forces stop a man from tinkering with history by time-traveling to past, & changing a crucial event, that would have made him a despot! Much of the story is building anticipation. I might have liked it more if it was substantially shorter.

    Collected in "The Best of Henry Kuttner".
  5. [ss] Malcolm Jameson's "When is When?" (C): "Anachron Inc had things pretty well worked out. After all, time-traveling is bound to be safe, they figured. If a man gets into danger, you need only go back & warn him - unless he simply, inexplicably vanishes in Time -"
  6. [serial - part 1/2] C L Moore's "Judgement Night": "C L Moore's first science fiction novel - of a fight for the existence of an empire & a race, a fight that depended, in the end, of how one man & one woman handled their own affairs."

    Not read.

See also.

  1. Fiction from Analog/Astounding (only issues edited by Harry Bates, John Campbell).
  2. Stories written by John Campbell.
  3. Old "pulp" magazines.


Larry said...

Ha, I love these old magazines!
That van Vogt story, M33 in Andromeda, I believe it was used in his fix up novel Voyage of the Space Beagle whioch I read recently.

Tinkoo said...

Oh - thanks. So I can read M33 & save time reading the longer work. How was the longer work, by the way?