Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Astounding Science Fiction" (British edition), August 1958 (magazine, free) (ed John W Campbell): Annotated table of contents

Cover by Van Dongen of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, British edition, August 1958 issue. Image illustrate the novel Close to Critical by Hal Clement.Links on author fetch more fiction by author. Where I've read the story, my rating appears in brackets. If I have a separate post on a story, link on its title goes there.

Table of contents (best first, unread last).

  1. [novel - 1/3] Hal Clement's "Close to Critical" (A): "Meet Tenebra, the planet where raindrops are fifty feet through ... & hard quartz rocks dissolve away like salt. Under three gravities, & a monstrously deep atmosphere, with oily seas of sulphuric acid, two children touch off a political situation that is ... close to critical".
  2. [ss] Frank Herbert's "You Take the High Road" (A); detective: Is this village really of peaceful people?
  3. [ss] Stanley Mullen's "Fool Killer" (A): What if law allowed you one murder!
  4. [ss] John Rackham's "One-Eye" (B): A man has an unusual gift - he "sees" bad things happen just before they do happen. And figuring out the nature of this "gift" gets him in trouble.

    Title is from the story about a one-eyed man among the blind ones. As is the man with the gift among the ordinary humans.
  5. [novelette] Charles V de Vet's "Special Feature": "What constitutes public entertainment changes with the mores of a society. The Romans liked the circuses ... but the feline devil loose in their city might have been a bit too stimulating for them..."
  6. [ss] Gordon R Dickson's "The Question": "It wasn't too surprising that aliens couldn't answer the Question. After all, we've been trying for millenia ourselves!"

Fact sheet.

Labeled: Vol XIV No 8.
Download scans as a CBR file. [via Bob@pulpscans]
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Related: Stories from the Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell, old "pulps", 1950s.