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Costigan's Needle

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Jerry Sohl believed Costigan’s Needle (Rinehart & Company, New York, 1953) to be his best science-fiction work: Dr. Costigan invents a device which appears to produce an opening into a different world. Since his first model is not large enough to actually explore this different world he secures the backing of a large mid western electronics company to build one large e ...more
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Published January 1st 1954 by Bantam Books (first published 1952)
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David Tindell
I read this book in high school and visited it again recently. What struck me about Sohl's book is how much different the story would be if it was written today. The people who go through the Eye of the Needle are, in Sohl's story, an inventive and cooperative slice of early-50s Americana. Those who survive the transition quickly band together and get organized, and within months have built a functioning society literally from scratch. A writer today would have to include racial tensions, a pow ...more
C.W. Hawes
I read this novel decades ago. Perhaps 45 to 50 years. It has stayed with me all this time. In fact, I'm probably due for a re-read. It is a wonderful tale of pulling together for a common cause and then realizing maybe things are okay as they are. It is also a story which reminds us we can't go back we can only go forward. The past is the past. We are here now and the future awaits.

Classic science fiction. Well worth reading.
Tim Williams
Old school SF - 50's. Fun. Sometimes a bit much in what the people managed to do with no base technology, but still interesting. Predictable but OK ending. Worth read if you like classic SF.
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Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. (December 2, 1913 - November 4, 2002) was a scriptwriter for The Twilight Zone (as a ghostwriter for Charles Beaumont), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits, Star Trek and other shows . He also wrote novels, feature film scripts, and the nonfiction works Underhanded Chess and Underhanded Bridge in 1973.

His 1955 Point Ultimate is a piece of Cold War invasion literature:
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