Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring, 1938: Astounding Stories

"In the spring of 1938, Astounding Stories, gained a new editor.

F. Orlin Tremaine was out, and in his place was John Wood Campbell, who was then not quite 28, and who, through the early and mid-1930s, had made a name for himself as one of the greatest science fiction writers of the period. Certainly he was one of my favorites.

Campbell instantly began to remold the magazine closer to his (and inadvertently, to my) heart's desire. For one thing, he changed the title to Astounding Science Fiction, which, to me, was a promising sign of further improvement.

The excitement of the change persuaded me to begin writing letters again. After all, I was carefully reviewing, recording and tabulating the stories in every science fiction magazine that came out, and it seemed silly not to let the magazines themselves, or Astounding at least, reap the benefit of my thoughts - and through them the world at large."



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