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by John W. Campbell




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ISBN: 0441843328
ISBN13: 978-0441843329
Category: Literature
Author: John W. Campbell
Language: English
Publisher: Ace Books (June 1, 1977)
Pages: 123 pages
ePUB size: 1145 kb
FB2 size: 1641 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 554
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Camper
Science Fiction from the Golden Age. John W. Campbell always liked super men -- men who were incredibly intelligent inventors who would come up with the perfect ultimate weapon to destroy the evil aliens.

The concept has not aged well. These days I prefer a more nuanced approach where you learn more about the aliens other than "They are big and tough and are invading us and an to destroy civilization." There is very little character development, but still a reminder of the excitement of the early days of Science Fiction.
invincible
I found this book around 1977 and it is quick enjoyable read. While the writer is not great, the book is a fun quick read. I like the dated science of the 1930s being applied to the "future" now. I have read his other "serials" which were placed into book format and tend to skip the "science" in favor of the story. John W. Campbell's is really one of the founders of modern science fiction due to his editing and discovering great writers. His own story is as interesting as his few books. His writting career ended at the age of 29, but he was a major player as an editor for another 30 or so years.
Bragis
There is an optimism here that is missing in current books. There is a belief in this story that Humans can prevail against a dedicated enemy by intelligence and concerted effort. In the story, another alien race seeking a better place to live than their "challenging" solar system invades ours. There is a creative genius who unites the species working to develop counters to the alien weapons and invent more besides. Its an old fashioned space opera, hokey and fun and worth reading just for the historical perspective.
Zuser
While this is an old story, I enjoyed the writing style and the story itself. Written before we dropped the bomb on Japan, it seems in the story that we were still hundreds of years away from developing atomic bombs or energy. The story becomes more captivating as you read along, becoming familiar with friend and foe and feeling compassion for both sides. I now know why John W Campbell is considered one of the greats.
Vrion
WHAT I HAVE READ SO FAR IS VERY GOOD , A WELL WRITTEN BOOK FOR ITS TIME. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANY SCIFI FAN.
Kulalbine
Great!!!
Dordred
Characterization is pretty thin, but it has a lot of action, and was a good read for its time. I liked it.
This is a short novel from the early days of Sci Fi. It follows a story arc that I've seen a few times in stories from that era, and also a story arc I've seen in some of John W. Campbell's other fiction. That is, a series of scientific and technological innovations by a small group of inventors leads eventually to amazing and invincible powers. In this case, put to use against invaders from another star.

Overall it reads pretty well, although probably limited interest to "modern" readers of sci-fi. It's always interesting reading material from this era, because of the scientific and technological anachronisms, along with certain things that are dead on. There was some attempt at character development early on, describing the hero's characteristics and so forth, but that is out the window pretty early on and I quickly lost track of who was who (except the alien). This is a tendency I noticed also in Campbell's "Arcott, Morey, Wade" novels - he makes an attempt early on to define who's who, but it clearly doesn't matter because they're all pretty much the same.