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The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
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Oct 18, 11

This is a sort-of sequel to "The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril" (which I loved). The book follows some of the Golden Age SF authors (Heinlein, Asimov, de Camp) in the early 40s as they get involved in a wacky SF adventure of the sort they generally only write about.

While the book was a lot of fun, I think the idea worked better for "Death Cloud", which did the same for pulp writers in the 30s, the crazy adventure works better when the stories our characters write are crazy to begin with. Also, there's a Tesla angle in this book which frankly has been done to death elsewhere by now. Still it's certainly worth the read.

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