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John W. Campbell

Bio: John W. Campbell attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from Duke in the early l930's, at a time, he said, when there was absolutely no work for a young scientist but apparently income for a new science fiction writer. His short stories and novels published in AMAZING and the then-leading science fiction magazine, ASTOUNDING were at once successful and marked him as perhaps the best science fiction writer of his time: his writing career essentially concluded with WHO GOES THERE? which was written before but published in ASTOUNDING after he had become its editor. As editor of that magazine, he insisted upon rigorous scientific background, humanized characters and values and a standard of writing comparable to that in the leading consumer magazines of the time. In pursuit, Campbell found a generation of new writers - Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, A.E. Van Vogt, Henry Kuttner, Lester del Rey among them - who collectively (and individually!) produced an extraordinary body of work. Almost all of the early science fiction masterpieces were published in ASTOUNDING in the l940's. The last quarter century of his editorship was not as revolutionary as his first ten years but Campbell continued to bring new writers and a high standard of writing through his tenure. He was regarded in his lifetime and with little dispute as the greatest science fiction editor and one of the great magazine editors of the century. He died suddenly, while watching television, on the evening of July 11, l971 at his home in New Jersey.

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1 Invaders from the Infinite [Battle of the Infinite Trilogy Book 3] [MultiFormat]
by John W. Campbell
  The alien spaceship was unthinkably huge, enormously powerful, apparently irresistible. It came from the void and settled on Earth, striking awe into the hearts of all who saw it. Its mission, however, was not conquest--but a call for help! First contact was a job for the brilliant team of scientists, Arcot, Wade, and Morey. And what they received was an offer of an alliance against an invading foe so powerful that no known force could turn it back! John W. Campbell's INVADERS FROM THE INFINITE ... more info>> (Published: 2007)

Words: 64502 - Reading Time: 184-258 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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2 Islands of Space [Battle of the Infinite Trilogy Book 2] [MultiFormat]
by John W. Campbell
  In the thrilling follow-up to "The Black Star Passes," John W. Campbell, Jr. again takes his team of young scientist-explorers on a voyage to the outer reaches of the universe--culminating in a space battle of epic proportions! Classic space opera, here is a tale from the Golden Age of Science Fiction! (Published: 2007)

Words: 61777 - Reading Time: 176-247 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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3 The Battle of the Infinite Trilogy: The Black Star Passes; Islands of Space; Invaders from the Infinite [MultiFormat]
by John W. Campbell
  "Visions of time and space that have haunted me ever since I first read it!" Isaac Asimov raved about this "joyful" 1930s space opera trilogy. "By the end, Arcot, Morey, Fuller and Wade venture into space and (with the help of both human and non-human) have driven end to end of the Universe, have encountered creatures of superior technology from whom they learned and surpassed, and have ended with powers like gods. The working of a brilliant imagination, together with a sheer drive and enthusias... more info>> Hugo Award Winner

Words: 202518 - Reading Time: 578-810 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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4 The Black Star Passes [Battle of the Infinite Trilogy Book 1] [MultiFormat]
by John W. Campbell
  Three Against The Stars! A sky pirate armed with superior weapons of his own invention... First contact with an alien race dangerous enough to threaten the safety of two planets... The arrival of an unseen dark sun whose attendant marauders aimed at the very end of civilization in this Solar System... These were the three challenges that tested the skill and minds of the brilliant team of scientist-astronauts Arcot, Wade, and Morey. Their initial adventures are a classic of science fiction which... more info>> (Published: 1930)

Words: 74946 - Reading Time: 214-299 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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5 The Last Evolution [MultiFormat]
by John W. Campbell
  I am the last of my type existing today in all the Solar System. I, too, am the last existing who, in memory, sees the struggle for this System, and in memory I am still close to the Center of Rulers, for mine was the ruling type then. But I will pass soon, and with me will pass the last of my kind, a poor inefficient type, but yet the creators of those who are now, and will be, long after I pass forever... A classic tale of pulp super-science by the man who would shape the Golden Age of SF from... more info>> (Published: 1932)

Words: 6779 - Reading Time: 19-27 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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6 The Ultimate Weapon [MultiFormat]
by John W. Campbell
  The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking a better star, one to which his "people" could migrate. That star had to be steady, reliable, with a good planetary system. And in his astronomical searching, he found Sol. With hundreds of ships, each larger than whole Terrestrial spaceports, and traveling faster than the speed of lig... more info>> (Published: 1936)

Words: 30299 - Reading Time: 86-121 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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7 Who Goes There [Secure eReader]
by John W. Campbell
  A remote scientific research expedition at the North Pole is invaded by a monstrous alien, reawakened after lying frozen for centuries after a crash-landing. The alien is intelligent, cunning and a shape-changer who can assume the form and personality of anything it destroys and soon it is among the men of the expedition, killing and replacing them, using its shape-changing ability to lull the scientists one by one into inattention and destruction. The transformed alien can seemingly pass every ... more info>> (Published: 1955)
Category: Science Fiction
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