(PDF KINDLE) [Astounding John W Campbell Memorial Anthology] ´ Harry Harrison
Re the typical bland adventure story in space that tends to pass for science fiction My favorite was probably the Alfred Bester story about an emergent intelligence
a satellite written in his usual snappy style The worst was the Asimov story that all about Asimov himself and how great he is and ends on a fantastically stupid play on words This particular edition has some production issues Two spots where text is out of order on the page numerous typos and the text is laid in too close to the binding so you have to practically break the binding to read it in some places Now it may seem unfair to rate this with five stars but it s not so much the anthology itself but the concept I ve read many better anthologies but this is truly astounding in it s own right Now the first thing that you must remember is that it s supposed to be patterned after the golden age of Astounding in the late 30s early 40s right after John W Campbell became the editor of Astounding It s purposefully nostalgic Overall it s a highly entertaining anthology but the concept behind it is amazing After Campbell s death in 1971 some of his friendswriters got together to make this for him Writing new additions to old stories some of which had not been used in years Hell George O Smith used a story that was originally rejected by Campbell because he found it years after with a letter in which Campbell praised it The stories are definitely on the strangely fantastic side but you have to think
on a satellite written in his usual snappy style The worst was the Asimov story that
of the time period they re trying to emulate I gave this five stars because the time period they re trying to emulate I gave this five stars because it was a very fitting tribute the Father of Modern SF it stands as a testament to what he did His influence will forever remain a piece of SF literature literature in general This may not be the greatest SF anthology but it s worth the time to pick up read. By Mack Reynolds Epilog • City • 1973 • shortstory by Clifford D Simak Interlude • Venus Euilateral • 1973 • novelette by George O Smith Helix the Cat • 1973 • novelette by Theodore Sturgeon Probability Zero The Population Implosion • 1973 • shortfiction by Theodore R CogswellAfterword • 1973 • essay by Harry Harriso.
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review by my old Usenet pal James Davis Nicoll A fine tribute to one of theby my old Usenet pal James Davis Nicoll A fine tribute to one of the important editors in the history of the genre this book gathers together many of the stars of the Golden Age of science fiction each of whom has produced a story in the style of the works they had published by one of Campbell s magazines In several cases the works are continuations or epilogues of series published in AstoundingAnalog in other cases they are simply new pieces inspired by the style of those publications Each
One Would Be Worthywould be worthy a place in the magazines and many of them are gems This is an anthology that Harrison edited as a memorial to John W Campbell containing original stories from thirteen writers most identified with Campbell many of which are set in series originally published in the Campbell edited Astounding Campbell has fallen out of favor in recent years but his place as a major force in the foundation of modern science fiction is inarguable the book has a nice introduction by Isaac Asimov explaining his importance One major drawback was that Harrison was unable to get stories from Campbell s most famous writers such as Heinlein Hubbard or van Vogt
most liked the stories by Alfred Bester Theodore Sturgeon Hal Clement and Gordon R My favorite was Clifford D Simak s pastoral postscript to City Another uneven anthology The idea is endearing though The stories were collected from a group of writers who were often published by John W Campbell to pay tribute to the late great editor of science fiction Some brief intros about their various relationships to Campbell before each story I ve never really read the magazines only stories that have been selected for anthologies so I can t really say how well they match a typical Astounding submission Many we. • shortstory by Theodore R Cogswell and Theodore L Thomas The Emperor's Fan • Novaria • 1973 • novelette by L Sprague de Camp Brothers • Childe Cycle • 1973 • novella by Gordon R Dickson The Mothballed Spaceship • Deathworld • 1973 • shortstory by Harry Harrison Black Sheep Astray • Homer Crawford • 1973 • novelette. ,I most liked the stories by Alfred Bester Theodore Sturgeon Hal Clement and Gordon R
A book of short stories uite a few of them truly abysmal
And A Handful Ina handful in not too bad variery but none to write home about After reading Astounding John W Campbell Isaac Asimov Robert A Heinlein L Ron home about After reading Astounding John W Campbell Isaac Asimov Robert A Heinlein L Ron and the Golden Age of Science Fiction recently this book appealed to me I d also read a review that claimed it s the best SF anthology ever It s not Most of the stories are good A couple revisit notable Astounding series I put the ones I m not familiar with aside for a day in the future after I ve read the early material The introductions by each author telling of their memories of Campbell are good reading The story by de Camp The Emporer s Fan is excellent A couple of the stories are fantasy than SF A tribute volume to Campbell by writers who wrote for his magazines Many haven t aged well and I didn t reread them all TOC is at the top The standouts were Something Up There Likes Me by Alfred Bester romantic SF about a self aware satellite which gets the best interior art all by Kelly Freas and The Emperor s Fan by L Sprague de Camp an oriental flavored fantasy in the same setting as his novel The Fallible Fiend which I also recommend
Early Bird by Cogswell Thomas is almost a parody of a Campbellian Earthmen Triumphant story sillyBird by Cogswell Thomas is almost a parody of a Campbellian Earthmen Triumphant story silly fun Also above average are the Mack Reynolds an El Hasaan seuel and the Clifford D Simak a nice pastoral City seuel Theodore Sturgeon s Helix the Cat was rejected by Campbell circa 1939 Despite being older than almost anyone in the audience it s well not bad OK pretty bad Helix is possibly the most obnoxious talking cat in fantastic literatureLord nows how long I ve owned a copy I now it s been many years since I last read it Not really worth seeking out but the stories I mention except perhaps the Sturgeon are all readable or better Weak 3 stars Introduction The Father of Science Fiction • 1973 • essay by Isaac Asimov Lodestar • 1973 • novelette by Poul Anderson Thiotimoline to the Stars • 1973 • shortstory by Isaac Asimov Something Up There Likes Me • 1973 • shortstory by Alfred Bester Lecture Demonstration • 1973 • shortstory by Hal Clement Early Bird • 1973. .