Friday, August 20, 2010

"Astounding Science-Fiction", Vol XXVIII No 2 (October 1941) (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Cover by Rogers of Astounding Science-Fiction magazine, October 1941 issue
Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

"By His Bootstraps" & "Universe" (download MP3 of radio adaptation) are among Heinlein's best known stories. Though not among his best stories, in my opinion. Former appears in "The Adventures in Time & Space"; later in "The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two A".

Table of contents. 

Links on author fetch more fiction by author. Where I'm aware of other online copies of a story, I include them too.

  1. [novella] Robert Heinlein's "By His Bootstraps" (as by Anson MacDonald) (B); download MP3 of radio adaptation; grandfather paradox: "Bob Wilson met himself--in a highly redundant sort of way. He met himself several times in fact, & became inextricably tangled in Time--"
  2. [novelette] Robert Heinlein's "Common Sense": 'The sequel to "Universe", a tale of a civilization that developed aboard a giant spaceship lost in interstellar space for 4,000 years--"
  3. [ss] Isaac Asimov's "Not Final!": "The Jovians wanted to get out & destroy every other living thing in the Solar System. They would--if they could find a way to retain their terrific atmosphere in a spaceship--"
  4. [ss] Winston K Marks' "Manic Perverse": "Only mechanical violence could bring death in that era--& the force field kept men from committing suicide. And that alone was enough to make some mad--"
  5. [ss] Theodore Sturgeon's "Two Percent Inspiration": "A Martian might be as good as any Earthman in most things--but when it came to a short hike on Mercury--"

See also.

  1. Fiction from Analog/Astounding (only issues edited by Harry Bates, John Campbell).
  2. Stories written by John Campbell.
  3. Fiction from old "pulp" magazines.
  4. Fiction from 1940s.
Note: I could not find any mention of editor's name either on cover or on ToC page or with signature at the end of editor's column. ISFDB, however, note that the editor is John W Campbell, Jr.