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John W. Campbell

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Born in New Jersey in 1910, John W. Campbell studied physics at MIT and then Duke University. Although a prolific early pulp writer - he made his first sale while still in his teens and was a recognised name in the genre by the time he was 21 - it was as an editor that he is best remembered. In 1937 he was appointed editor of Astounding Stories (now Analog), and over the next few decades would have an enormous influence on the field. He continued as editor of Astounding until his death in 1971.


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The Mightiest Machine (1947) Who Goes There? (1948) The Moon is Hell (1951) Cloak of Aesir (1952) The Black Star Passes (1953)

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