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The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
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Sep 26, 2011

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For a book that held SO much promise, "The Astounding...etc." was a real let-down. The concept is nothing short of fantastic. During WWII, the American government was so desperate to defeat the Germans that they hired a bunch of science fiction writers (all pulp writers at this time) to form a think-tank: to make some of the outrageous things they'd written about (making ships disappear, etc....)

Isaac Asimov is here, Robert Heinlein is here (he was once voted the best science fiction writer alive), L. Sprague de Camp (who wound up writing more fantasy than sci-fi.) - You get the idea. But the funniest character in the book is the IN-famous L. Ron Hubbard. -- Yes, the inventor of Scientology. Even the Navy threw him out! - Incompetent doesn't even begin to describe Mr. Hubbard - but his portrait in the book is a scream.

All of this should have added up to a wonderful romp through old pulp sci-fi, with a few stabs at government regulations. But something falls flat, here, sadly. The Author just doesn't bring it off.
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message 1: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Try Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel; it is a similar premiss, but set in Russia. With aliens.

Bondama Miriam, I do believe I will!!!

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