Friday, November 12, 2010

Lost Asimov: The Irrational Planet

Asimov next wrote "Stoway" and brought that to Campbell. It was rejected, but he then submitted it to other magazines, while working on a new story. A year later, it was accepted by his friend Fred Pohl for publication in the 2nd issue of Astonishing magazine. [Truth to tell, as I read The Early Asimov, it seemed that it was really Fred Pohl who kept Asimov afloat during his early years of writing, but I'll develop that theory in a later entry in this encyclopeida.]

The third story Asimov wrote for publication was "Marooned off Vesta." Before submitting it to Campbell, he also wrote "The Irrational Planet" and "Ring Around the Sun."

Feeling "The Irrational Planet" to be weak, he never submitted it to Campbell. He submitted it to Thrilling Wonder Stories, who rejected it. There rejection letter was so pleasant, though, that he ended up sumitting it to Campbell, then to five other magazines, all of whom rejected it.

"I don't even remember the plot, except that I'm pretty certain that the planet of the title was Earth itself."

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