Friday, May 7, 2010

"Astounding Science-Fiction", January 1942 (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Cover by Rogers of Astounding Science-Fiction magazine, January 1942 issueScans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

Table of contents (6 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.
  1. [novelette] Eric Frank Russell's "Mechanistria" (B): Adventure on planet Mechanistria, a world ruled by very hostile robots.

    Collected in author's "Men, Martians and Machines".
  2. [novelette] Jack Williamson's "Breakdown": "A city is an instrument - built, albeit unconsciously, for a purpose. When that purpose dies - the city dies!"
  3. [novelette] L Ron Hubbard's "The Invaders": "The Post Commander was proud of his station - of its importance - of his importance. The technician sent to aid him made a discovery -"
  4. [ss] Kolin Keith's "Soup King": "The cook fell in the soup; the crew fell in a gold mine. But the crew was broke & the cook a millionaire. Which was logical, on Venus!"
  5. [ss] Normab L Knight's "Fugitive from Vangard": "He came to an ultramodern world with cloths a thousand years out of date, & no memory of where or when - or even whether! - he had been born!"
  6. [serial - part 3/4] E E "doc" Smith's "Second Stage Lensmen": "Kimball Kinnison starts a new line of attack - as an officer in the Royal Guard of the zwilnik overlord!"

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.