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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee


Astounding is not a compilation of stories from the science fiction magazine titled the same.   It is a story about John W. Campbell who is widely regarded as the father of modern scifi.   This biography discusses, in depth, the relationship of Campbell with the towering pillars of scifi, Asimov, Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard.  

Asimov and Heinlein provide the ball bearings that led to my personal conveyorGlory Road which is one of the few fantasies that I have read multiple times. 

belt of ongoing love of science fiction and (gasp) fantasy.   Heinlein authored

Nevala-Lee puts together a narrative that provides an in-depth picture of Campbell and those around him in the “Golden Age” of science fiction.   The quotes are based on my skepticism as to the golden age as I have read relentlessly for over 65 years and I have found hundreds of stories, that don’t fit into that time period or narrow genre slot, that were outstanding and quite Golden!

Having just read the reviews previous to mine I have concluded I am a philistine.   I found this book interesting but hardly compelling.  I would much rather read science fiction and fantasy than read about people who wrote it.  Their work stands as their tribute.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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