Friday, April 30, 2010

"Astounding Science-Fiction", February 1945 (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package, but with pages missing (including cover & ToC page). ToC below was constructed by scanning the available pages & may be incomplete.

"Wanted - An Enemy" is one of the coolest stories of the genre, though writing style is very pulp era.

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 know of alternate download locations, I provide those links with specific stories.
  1. Fritz Leiber, Jr's "Wanted - An Enemy" (A): A man is trying to convince Martians to attack & vandalize earth. Yet he has the best interests of humanity in mind!
  2. Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Piper's Son" (B); read online (no download): Zero tolerance for racists poisoning children's minds.

    Incomplete text (initial pages missing).
  3. Malcolm Jameson's "Lilies of Life": "There was a disease on Venus, & the natives seemed to have a cure. But the symbiosis involved was madder even than the usual madness of Venus' life-cycles -"
  4. [serial - part 3/3] Wesley Long's "Nomad": "Driven from Earth, hated by Mars to start with, driven from Mephisto, Guy Meynard turns to his last possible refuge - Ertene. The pressure is building on him, pressure maneuvered & built up to force him in one, inescapable path."

    Note: Probably tail pages are missing.

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.
  4. Fiction from 1940s.