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The Best of John W. Campbell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    The Description is a lie!

    Bought this to read "Who Goes there?", the basis of "The Thing", which the description say is part of this collection. The table of contents doesnt work, and fool that I am, I read all 1981 boring pages of lame 1950's science fiction only the realize IT'S NOT IN THERE. If that's why you are also buying this, save your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013


    The description of this book states it contains the story "Who Goes There?"

    It does not.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    This product is not as advertised.  The description clearly stae

    This product is not as advertised.  The description clearly staes that this book contains "Forgetfulness", "The Cloak of Aesir", and several other wonderful stories.  However, it does not contain any of the listed stories. 
    It simply contains the five stories found for free online: the ultimate weapon, the last evolution, the black star passes, and two others.  I am very disappointed because I bought this e book in good faith.  Thankfully I only spent  two dollars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Classic Hard SF Lacking in Human Interest

    John W. Campbell is considered by many to have shaped the course of science-fiction, first as a writer in the 1930s then later as editor of the seminal publication Astounding Science Fiction. Collected within this volume are eleven short stories -- some written under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart -- and one editorial piece, all selected by another noteworthy science-fiction editor, Lester Del Rey, who also contributed the Foreword. The highlight of the collection is the story 'Who Goes There?' which served as the basis for the 1982 horror film The Thing. Unfortunately, most of the stories in this collection have not aged well. JWC, like many classic SF writers, chose to focus on his scientific ideas often at the expense of developing his characters. Although his narratives are fairly tight, the reader often feels a lack of investment in the storyline. I had to struggle to finish most of the stories. Most readers will want to pass this collection by.

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    Posted December 30, 2014

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