History Creator / JohnWCampbell

26th Dec '16 5:54:05 PM Supergenderbender
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John W. Campbell, Jr. (1910 1971) was an American science fiction writer and editor. As editor of ''Magazine/AstoundingScienceFiction'' magazine for over thirty years, he was one of the most influential figures in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

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John W. Campbell, Jr. (1910 (June 8, 1910 July 11, 1971) was an American science fiction writer and editor. As editor of ''Magazine/AstoundingScienceFiction'' magazine for over thirty years, he was one of the most influential figures in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
8th Sep '16 7:50:13 PM PaulA
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* TheSingularity: "The Last Evolution" is a 1932 short story by Creator/JohnWCampbell about a future where mankind and robots coexist peacefully. When aliens attack the Solar System using {{Death Ray}}s of an unknown type, mankind builds a robot of unheard-of intelligence to figure out a defense. Said robot builds an even more advanced machine, which builds even more avanced robots, up to the creation of a race of EnergyBeings that CurbStomp the enemy fleet. Too bad that mankind, and all organic life, has been killed in the battle... So the superintelligent energy beings inherit the Earth.

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* TheSingularity: "The Last Evolution" is a 1932 short story by Creator/JohnWCampbell about a future where mankind and robots coexist peacefully. When aliens attack the Solar System using {{Death Ray}}s of an unknown type, mankind builds a robot of unheard-of intelligence to figure out a defense. Said robot builds an even more advanced machine, which builds even more avanced robots, up to the creation of a race of EnergyBeings that CurbStomp the enemy fleet. Too bad that mankind, and all organic life, has been killed in the battle... So the superintelligent energy beings inherit the Earth.
8th Sep '16 7:49:38 PM PaulA
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* HardLight: In the Arcot, Morey and Wade series.

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* HardLight: In the The Arcot, Morey and Wade series.stories feature ''lux'' metal, for occasions when neutronium just isn't super-sciencey enough. It's "made of light -- photons so greatly compressed that they were held together by their own gravitational fields."


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* TheSingularity: "The Last Evolution" is a 1932 short story by Creator/JohnWCampbell about a future where mankind and robots coexist peacefully. When aliens attack the Solar System using {{Death Ray}}s of an unknown type, mankind builds a robot of unheard-of intelligence to figure out a defense. Said robot builds an even more advanced machine, which builds even more avanced robots, up to the creation of a race of EnergyBeings that CurbStomp the enemy fleet. Too bad that mankind, and all organic life, has been killed in the battle... So the superintelligent energy beings inherit the Earth.


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* WaveMotionGun: In one of their stories, Arcot, Wade and Morley come up with the molecular motion gun, which turns the random molecular motion of an object (heat) into motion in a single direction. The ray is catalytic in nature, so basically any object it is used on, from a city to (in one chapter) an entire star, is a) frozen to absolute zero, and b) hurled off in any direction desired.
8th Sep '16 7:12:44 PM PaulA
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John W. Campbell, Jr. (1910 1971) was an American science fiction writer and editor. As editor of ''AstoundingScienceFiction'' magazine for over thirty years, he was one of the most influential figures in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

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John W. Campbell, Jr. (1910 1971) was an American science fiction writer and editor. As editor of ''AstoundingScienceFiction'' ''Magazine/AstoundingScienceFiction'' magazine for over thirty years, he was one of the most influential figures in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.



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27th Feb '13 7:05:10 PM PaulA
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* ManEatingPlant: A man-eating Venusian plant is mentioned as having almost killed one of the heroes in "The Brain-Stealers of Mars".
27th Feb '13 12:00:47 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/ThePlaneteers''
13th Feb '13 3:42:49 PM Dragonmouth
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* HumanityIsSuperior: An EnforcedTrope for any story involving humans and aliens.
13th Feb '13 3:37:57 PM Dragonmouth
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* CantArgueWithElves: Campbell hated this trope and gave an ExecutiveVeto to any story in which aliens were shown to be superior to humans.

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* CantArgueWithElves: Campbell hated this trope and gave an ExecutiveVeto to any story in which aliens were shown to be equal or superior to humans.humans.
13th Feb '13 3:35:37 PM Dragonmouth
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His primary influence was that, as editor, he demanded good stories with good science. He inarguably did more to pull SF out of the age of pulp than anyone else. On the other hand, he was not known for his tolerance. Asimov himself testified that Campbell felt that Northern European men were the pinnacle of humanity, and Campbell accepted precious few stories where the hero was identifiably ''not'' a Northern European man. He accepted ''none'' where any alien race is superior to humanity in a meaningful way. His definition of "good science" was also pretty much limited to "good physics and chemistry"; when it was proven that smoking caused cancer, he pooh-poohed the results, and continued wielding his distinctive cigarette holder until he died of cancer. By the 1960s, he was also deeply into pseudoscience like the Dean Drive and Dianetics. He remains a controversial figure.

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His primary influence was that, as editor, he demanded good stories with good science. He inarguably did more to pull SF out of the age of pulp than anyone else. On the other hand, he was not known for his tolerance. Asimov himself testified that Campbell felt that Northern European men were the pinnacle of humanity, and Campbell accepted precious few stories where the hero was identifiably ''not'' a Northern European man. He accepted ''none'' where any alien race is superior to humanity in a meaningful way. His definition of "good science" was also pretty much limited to "good physics and chemistry"; when it was proven that smoking caused cancer, he pooh-poohed the results, and continued wielding his distinctive cigarette holder until he died of cancer. By the 1960s, he was also deeply into pseudoscience like the Dean Drive and Dianetics.{{Literature/Dianetics}}. He remains a controversial figure.
12th Nov '12 10:12:17 PM erforce
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As a writer, the bulk of his work was done in the 1930s. He first made his name as an author of ScienceHero SpaceOpera, including the 'Arcot, Morey and Wade' stories, which were collected in book form in the 1950s. He also wrote more thoughtful science fiction under the name Don A. Stuart, including the linked stories "Twilight" and "Night", and "Literature/WhoGoesThere", the story that inspired the films ''TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' and ''Film/TheThing''.

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As a writer, the bulk of his work was done in the 1930s. He first made his name as an author of ScienceHero SpaceOpera, including the 'Arcot, Morey and Wade' stories, which were collected in book form in the 1950s. He also wrote more thoughtful science fiction under the name Don A. Stuart, including the linked stories "Twilight" and "Night", and "Literature/WhoGoesThere", the story that inspired the films ''TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' and ''Film/TheThing''.
''Film/TheThing1982''.
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