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Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr.
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it was amazing
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Who Goes There? is one of those stories that everybody (in the SF/Fantasy world) knows and few have actually read. They’re familiar with the movie versions but not with the story itself.
This is a pity. It is a gem of writing for any writer or author regardless of genre. Yes, there are some cliches and yes, some of the story itself shows its age, but the storycrafting and storytelling remain superb, from opening line (as noted in my June Great Opening Lines blog post) through to the end, Campbell’s sensory writing style, his amazingly clean, clear, and quick way of delineating individual members of an all male cast, his foreshadowing, all are superb.
Lastly, Who Goes There? is a masterful sf-mystery. The premise is that a metamorphic monster exists among several men in an isolated situation. Who among them is the monster? Is there more than one of them who’s the monster? The logic and demonstration of deductive reasoning hearken back to a time when (me thinks) authors expected more from the readers (and deserved to get it).
Well worth a read.

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