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The Professor Was a Thief
     

The Professor Was a Thief

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by L. Ron Hubbard
 

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Empire State Building has vanished into thin air! Gone, too, are Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station, and all hell is breaking loose in New York City!

What’s the story? One grizzled old newspaper reporter known simply as Pop—a role made for Walter Matthau—is on top of it . . . and better stay

Overview

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Empire State Building has vanished into thin air! Gone, too, are Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station, and all hell is breaking loose in New York City!

What’s the story? One grizzled old newspaper reporter known simply as Pop—a role made for Walter Matthau—is on top of it . . . and better stay there, because his livelihood is on the line. If Pop fails to get to the bottom of the vanishing landmarks, his job will disappear as well—and land in the hands of the newspaper publisher’s son-in-law.

Any cub reporter could find a someone breaking the laws of the city, but tracking down a suspect who’s breaking the laws of physics is a different story altogether. But Pop’s like a dog with a bone, and he won’t let go until he gets at the truth . . . no matter how strange or astounding it is. In the end, he gets a lesson in larceny, proving that when you get down to business, size really does matter.

By the spring of 1938, Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to a genre that was new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is Sci-Fi history.

Also features the science fiction adventures Battle of the Wizards, in which an epic battle between science and magic unfolds with an entire planet hanging in the balance, and Hubbard’s first published foray into science fiction and fantasy, The Dangerous Dimension, the story of a mathematics professor who discovers an equation that enables him to teleport anywhere he can imagine . . . even if he doesn’t want to go.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seasoned reporter Pop has just been told his career will prematurely end within two days thanks to the new changes at World-Journal. Hoping to salvage his career, he takes the first lead he can get and finds himself at the doorstep of Professor Pertwee, a short man with big plans about making things smaller. Two other stories, “Battles of Wizards” and “The Dangerous Dimension,” round out this collection, reminding listeners that though Hubbard wrote science fiction, he often had a great sense of humor. The integration of sound effects, musical score and a full cast nostalgically harkens listeners back to the world of old-time radio. The main narrator carries the brunt of all three stories with a pitch and edge to his voice that is quite evocative of pulp fiction and while in other stories might feel overdramatic, fits perfectly well with Hubbard's tone. (July)
From the Publisher

." . . the adventure ones are just so much fun, that you wish there were more things written like them." —Kevin J. Anderson

"A master of the fast-action short story." —Robert A. Heinlein

“As part of The Professor Was a Thief book, you'll find two additional stories, ‘Battle of Wizards’ and ‘The Dangerous Dimension,’ round out this collection, reminding listeners that though Hubbard wrote science fiction, he often had a great sense of humor. The integration of sound effects, musical score and a full cast nostalgically harkens listeners back to the world of old-time radio. The main narrator carries the brunt of all three stories with a pitch and edge to his voice that is quite evocative of pulp fiction and while in other stories might feel overdramatic, firs perfectly well with Hubbard’s tone.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592126040
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
07/08/2009
Series:
Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
152
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
11 Years

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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Professor Was a Thief 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This pulp contains three engaging science fiction stories from another era. Although they show their age, they are inventive, creative, and imaginative with plots that keep the reader absorbed from beginning to end. They are good quick reads that offer some escapist fun.
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MikeDecker More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of classic science-fiction of the 30's & 40s you know that John W. Campbell's ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION was the place to find the major writers of the genre doing some of their best work. Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak and A.E. Van Vogt are just a few of the influential writers to be found in the pages of ASTOUNDING during the Golden Age of Pulp Science-Fiction. And one of the most popular writers in the field---praised by pros and fans alike as the best-of-the-best in reader's polls and letter columns of the day---was L. Ron Hubbard! From 1939 to 1950 Hubbard was a major contributor to ASTOUNDING and it's sister-magazine, UNKNOWN. THE PROFESSOR WAS A THIEF (the title story in this collection) was first published in the February 1940 issue of ASTOUNDING and it's a prime example of the kind of character driven science-fiction that L. Ron Hubbard was famous for. Pop, a veteran senior reporter for the World-Journal newspaper, is passed over for promotion to city editor by young and ambitious (not to mention totally inexperienced) Leonard Caulborn--who also happens to be the publisher's son-in-law. Adding insult to injury young Leonard plans to retire everyone on his staff over 50 to make way for new people with new ideas. Infuriated, Pop demands to be given a beat again to prove that he's still got what it takes to make it as a reporter. Now he's got just two days to get to the bottom of a dead-end assignment---the real story behind a month-old physics lecture given by a crackpot scientist---or he's fired! When Pop starts investigating Professor Pertwee's odd theories he lands in the middle of the most important story of his career as one-by-one the Empire State Building, Grant's Tomb and Grand Central Station all disappear! What's the connection between the vanishing landmarks, the eccentric professor and his elaborate model railroad? And why do strange things begin to happen whenever Pop opens his cigarette case? You'll have to read THE PROFESSOR WAS A THIEF to find out! Also reprinted in this handsome volume is a another pair of SF gems from the Master Storyteller. BATTLE OF WIZARDS --- a short, yet satisfying, space opera from 1949 and THE DANGEROUS DIMENSION from July 1938 --- L. Ron Hubbard's first SF story --- and one of the best stories to appear in ASTOUNDING up to that time! If you've never had the pleasure of reading Hubbard's stories then you are in for a real treat! Galaxy Press has made a six year commitment to reprint almost all of the previously unavailable pulp fiction of L. Ron Hubbard in a series of handsome and inexpensive paperbacks that appeal equally to the casual reader as well as the fanatic Pulp Fiction collector.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun story. The reporter Pop is a real sharp cookie. I like detective stories but not the gory kind. This was an action packed story with a bit of sci-fi mixed in it. Really nicely done. I am now listening to the audio. Really great job on the audio books too! I like that this series keeps coming. I'm looking for more Hubbard. He can really write.