"Astounding Science Fiction", June 1955 (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents
Table of contents.
- [short novel] Everett B Cole's "Final Weapon": "Man has developed many a deadly weapon. Today, the weapon most effective in destroying a man's hopes & security is the file folder ... & that was the weapon Morley knew & loved. But there was something more potent to come."
- [novelette] E G von Wald's "Shock Absorber" (B); download: A man acts on what he believes the facts are, not on the facts. He lives or dies by what the facts are. Now sometimes you don't have time to correct a man's beliefs, yet he must act correctly ..."
- [ss] Irving Cox, Jr's "The Guardians": "It's not always "The Truth shall set you free!" Sometimes it's "Want of the Truth shall drive you to escape!" And that can be dangerous!"
- [ss] J Francis McComas' "Criminal Negligence": "Somebody was going to have to be left behind ... & who it would be was perfectly obvious ..."
- [ss] John O'Keefe's "As Long As You Wish": "If, somehow, you get trapped in a circular time system ... how long is the circumference of an infinitely retraced circle?"
- [serial - part 3/4] Poul Anderson's "The Long Way Home": "It's almost impossible for a man with one life-long orientation to understand someone whose thinking is all oriented in a widely different culture. And that makes for unpredictability. But it is, also, always a two-edged sword!"