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Who Goes There?
     

Who Goes There?

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by John W Campbell
 

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"Who Goes There?": The novella that formed the basis of "The Thing" is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient, frozen body of a crash-landed alien. The creature revives with terrifying results, shape-shifting to assume the exact form of animal and man, alike. Paranoia ensues as a band of frightened men

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"Who Goes There?": The novella that formed the basis of "The Thing" is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient, frozen body of a crash-landed alien. The creature revives with terrifying results, shape-shifting to assume the exact form of animal and man, alike. Paranoia ensues as a band of frightened men work to discern friend from foe, and destroy the menace before it challenges all of humanity! The story, hailed as "one of the finest science fiction novellas ever written" by the SF Writers of America, is best known to fans as THE THING, as it was the basis of Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World in 1951, and John Carpenter's The Thing in 1982. With a new Introduction by William F. Nolan, author of Logan's Run, and his never-before-published, suspenseful Screen Treatment written for Universal Studios in 1978, this is a must-have edition for scifi and horror fans!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982332207
Publisher:
Rocket Ride Books
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
77,149
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Who Goes There 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i bought this book thinking i was getting the screenplay also. no screenplay, just the who goes there story. the story is excellent. i love it as much as the movie. but-where is the rest of the book?
A-S-B More than 1 year ago
...Who Goes There? is by author is John W. Campbell writing under the pen name of Don A. Stuart. It first appeared in a science fiction magazine called Astounding Stories in August of 1938. The themes of the novella are fear, paranoia, and survival. Fear is constant throughout because the book gives clues to the reader as to who is human and, more importantly, who isn't human. The writer employs paranoia throughout as well because all the residents of Big Magnet are suspicious of each other. Big Magnet is an expedition camp where the story takes place. Along with fear and paranoia there is the theme of survival in the novella. The characters are all forced to survive against the harsh conditions of Antarctica. One character who survived the experience is McReady. He was present at the excavation of "The Thing". He is often described as a "bronze statue (that held life)". He is tall, walking six feet four in height with a heavy voice. He is second in command on the expedition. In the beginning of the story he explained where and how they found "The Thing." The physicists on the expedition found a secondary magnetic pull on their equipment, which led them to the ship where they dug until one of the characters Barclay accidentally drove through the creature's skull with his ice ax. The searched for the source of the magnetic pull and found a spaceship in a glacier. McReady is also the leader figure in the story because he tells everyone what to do and assists the other residents of Big Magnet in destroying "The Thing". That is McReady. The main conflict in Who Goes There? is the men fighting against the creature they call "The Thing". That is what creates all the paranoia between the men. The conflict is man vs. supernatural. Because "The Thing" is from another world. The creature modified the camp creating total chaos. It damaged the friendly relationship the men had and made them hate each other. The creature effected all the men by terrifying them. This created the paranoia. It is the most important theme in the story. It has the most significant role and with all the other themes makes the story all the scarier. Overall the book was very good. It was scary and it never revealed who was "The Thing" until. someone was killed or someone who was "The Thing" was injured and decided to attack. It was well written and extremely descriptive. As a result it painted a very vivid picture in my head. It details how blood red the creature's eyes were. The story envelops the reader therefore it is a relatively fast read. It is also a fun read. On a scale of one to ten I rate it approximately a nine point five. It was because the author knew how to tell a story as well as how to keep the reader interested in the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine an alien lifeform that is cellular in nature. With the ability to change, transform, and adapt to different environments. It wants to live and will kill anything that tries to harm it through the use of mimicry. In John Carpenter's version the "Thing" is an alien virus. Try reading this story, then watch the J.C. version both in the dark. Maybe your parents, siblings, or significant other would like to read and watch it with you. Although are you truly sure your loved one is who you think? Or a imitation.
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Wade1000 More than 1 year ago
Who Goes There? was the inspiration for the movies The Thing From Another World [1951] and the the Thing [1982]. I possess both films and knew I'd have to read the original story. I was not disappointed when I did. I highly reccomend it to all disciples of science fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for horror and action readers alike. Campell does an excellent job with this book, he is very discriptive with the monsters and what happens. It has some very scary parts and goes good with the plot of the movie. You just want to see how it ends, i was engulfed in this book. 5 stars. Hope he keeps the winning horrors coming!