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The Best Of John W. Campbell (UK)

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Mass Market UK pocket edition.
7 • Foreword by James Blish
13 • The Double Minds • [Penton and Blake] • (1937)
43 • Forgetfulness • (1937)
70 • Who Goes There? • (1938)
128 • Out of Night • (1937)
168 • Cloak of Aesir • (1939)
218 • Bibliography
Mass Market Paperback, 219 pages
Published November 1976 by Sphere Books (first published February 1973)
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Nandakishore Varma
Note: The contents of the book I have are somewhat different from the contents listed in Goodreads for the book with the same ISBN. I tried to crack this mystery last night, and ultimately gave up after I started to get a headache. It is something to do with the Fourth Dimension, maybe. :D

John W. Campbell is not a person - for SF afficionados, he is an institution. And for people like me who were born long after the golden age of Science Fiction, he almost a myth-like Drona, the legendary train
Like many of the early sci-fi writers John Campbell's prose is awkward and clunky. In this collection you can see him mature as he ages (the tales span about 6 years of his life). The earlier stories are rougher and the later tales are definitely an easier read and more (relatively) polished. However many of his stories (even his earliest) are entertaining and filled with big (and interesting) ideas. The two best stories are "Forgetfulness" which I thought was very creative (especially the beam ...more
Zantaeus Glom
Rather disappointed in this collection by iconic sf editor John W. Campbell; there's very little to separate each story, and his prose is rather leaden. At best it's workmanlike, at its worst it's deadly dull and repetitive. (he has a great fondness for the adjective opalescent, and he uses it with inauspicious repetitiveness. That said, I did like the proto-Blog entity (The Sleath) in 'Double Minds' - a nice bit of meltoid madness.

The thing (no pun intended) that really stood out tho', even to
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. John W. Campbell certainly didn't disappoint with any of these short stories. The only reason this book didn't get five stars from me is because I read late at night and some of these very well crafted stories were a little disturbing as bedtime stories... says the lover of Stephen King books... go figure... right? But honestly, I will be looking for more of his work.
As with all older golden age science fiction you must read Campbell with a grain of salt. Much has happened that was unimagined when these stories were written in the 1930's. So you often have to place perspective into that alternative universe where much of the twentieth century has not occurred yet.

Some of the short stories are quite brilliant although the crossover of story lines (think crossover from Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles") can be confusing at times. especially if you put down
Interesting collection of short stories from a man best known today for his story "Who Goes There?" which was the basis of The Thing. For that story alone the book is worth a look. Campbell's greatest significance was as an editor, but the book is initially fascinating in that you can watch Campbell's gradual development in style and content. Ultimately I found the content repetitive, however, and Campbell's constant appearance of degenerate societies found by lesser but up and coming societies ...more
Otis Campbell
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
What did you dream?
It's alright we told you what to dream.
Sean Brennan
Just could not get into any of these Stories!
Loren Toddy
My girlfriend found this book for me and I was thrilled to crack it open and see it was the book with the story I had always wanted to read - Who goes there? I wasn't disappointed at all plus I was in for a great surprise. The other stories in the book were awesome. I love this book and it sits on my main book shelf proudly. I hate to say it but the story is more terrifying than the original film and my favorite version that John Carpenter made so well. I love that film but this story really is ...more
Justin Robinson
This was one of those cases where something was far more influential than it was good. The ideas were there, but the actual mechanics of the writing were, in some cases, shockingly bad. Even the better stories usually amounted to people standing around and explaining the plot to each other. The best of them was "Who Goes There?" and to say John Carpenter's The Thing (which it was turned into) is better would be like saying getting a piece of cake is better than a punch to the gonads.
The man who essentially invented Science Fiction as we know it. Later. As an editor for Astounding and grooming the likes of Asimov and Heinlein. As a pulp writer of the '30s, Campbell writes stories that are chock full of great ideas that are not necessarily served by his writing ability.
Dear god, I finally had the time to finish reading a book. If nothing else, read "Who Goes There."
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Pioneer. Good stuff.
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John Wood Campbell, Jr. (June 8, 1910 – July 11, 1971) was an influential figure in American science fiction. As editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact), from late 1937 until his death, he is generally credited with shaping the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction.
Isaac Asimov called Campbell "the most powerful force in science fiction ever, and for t
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