Friday, February 12, 2010

"Astounding Science Fiction", July 1958 (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image by Freas of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, July 1958 issue. It illustrates the story The Miracle-Workers by Jack Vance.Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

Table of contents (4 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. Where I'm aware of other download links for a story, I include them too.
  1. [novelette] Ralph Williams' "Business as Usual, During Alterations" (A): "the economic destruction a matter duplicator is sure to produce ..."
  2. [serial novel - part 3/3] Hal Clement's "Close to Critical" (A): "Some problems are inherently of such a nature that cooperation must be accepted, willy-nilly, because neither individual - or group - can do it alone. It may be rescuing a spaceship ... or even something seemingly simple, like just talking ..."
  3. [short novel] Jack Vance's "The Miracle-Workers" (A): "A miracle is a supernatural occurrence. But of course, that must, for any intelligent entity, be something beyond nature as he understands it."
  4. [ss] Christopher Anvil's "Top Rung" (B); download: "The man on the bottom has one sure security; he cannot fall down. But the man on the top has a sure insecurity - there is something he can't do, too ..."

See also.

  1. Fiction from Analog/Astounding (only issues edited by Harry Bates, John Campbell).
  2. Stories written by John Campbell.
  3. Fiction originally published in the year 1958; during 1950s.
  4. Old "pulp" magazines.
Legend: ss = short story.