Friday, July 2, 2010

"Astounding Science Fiction", Vol XLIV, No 3 (November 1949) (ed John W Campbell, Jr) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Cover image by Rogers of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, November 1949 issue
Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

This is the famous Astounding issue whose contents 'were "predicted" by a letter from a year prior in the Nov 48 issue.

Asimov's story is the original magazine version (with a less well-known title) of "Second Foundation", the third novel in the original Foundation trilogy.

Table of contents.

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 works of author.

  1. [serial - part 1/3] Isaac Asimov's "... And Now You Don't" aka "Second Foundation": "It was an inevitable - but not quite inescapable conflict. The First Foundation HAD to find the Second Foundation; the Second Foundation HAD to prevent it - or die!"
  2. [serial - part 1/2] Robert A Heinlein's "Gulf": "The enemy wanted those films, & they were playing for keeps, with no holds or costs barred. The government agent had to get them through. But - where did the fat man with the talking cards fit in ... ?"
  3. [novelette] Theodore Sturgeon's "What Dead Men Tell" (B): "It's a curious thing that a corpse - a remarkably noticeable object - can be overlooked so easily. One tends to shy away, even when it has a message to deliver -"
  4. [ss] Lester del Rey's "Over the Top" (A): "The first man on Mars - in a ruined rocket - was in a fine impartial position to listen to the insanities of Earth building up another war. Surely, he, of all men, could do least about it, & was least concerned!"
  5. [ss] A E van Vogt's "Final Command" (B): "Most wars arise because enemies do not understand each other. But this time the enemy didn't know who they were fighting!"
  6. [ss] L Sprague de Camp's "Finished" (A): "Most men are finished when they're dead. It's a very unusual king - or very unusual circumstances - that can bring his people knowledge & advancement when he's been dead for years!"

    This story is part of the series called "Viagens Interplanetarias" 

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.