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Astounding

544 pages, 2018

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Astounding tells the incredible story of four science fiction writers, including Isaac Asimov and L. Ron Hubbard, who changed how we view stories and created a new era in writing. 

This book centers on John W. Campbell, Jr., whom many consider one of the most influential science fiction writers in history. Campbell discovered many famous writers and published many classic science fiction books about robots and time travel, including I, Robot, and Dune.

The Birth of Science Fiction

Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee takes us on a journey to the birth of science fiction. The book explores how a small group of writers and editors, including John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard, shaped the genre we know and love today.

Influence of John W. Campbell

The book highlights the significant role of John W. Campbell in the evolution of science fiction. As the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, he not only published groundbreaking stories but also mentored some of the greatest writers in the genre.

The Dark Side of Genius

Nevala-Lee doesn't shy away from showing the darker side of these influential figures. He explores their personal and professional struggles, revealing how their genius often came with a high personal cost.

The Impact of Science Fiction

Astounding also looks into the far-reaching impact of science fiction. From influencing technological advancements to shaping our understanding of the future, the genre has played a significant role in our society.

The Legacy of Astounding Science Fiction

Finally, the book digs into the enduring legacy of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. Despite its ups and downs, the magazine has left an indelible mark on the genre, inspiring countless writers and readers alike.

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Astounding is a fascinating, deeply researched journey into the golden age of science fiction, when John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard were the ones who made it what it is today.

George R.R. MartinGeorge R.R. Martin - Game of Thrones Author

Astounding is an engrossing tale of science fiction, filled with insights and revelations. It's a must-read for any fan of the genre.

Michael DirdaMichael Dirda - Pulitzer Prize Critic

Astounding is a gripping, meticulously researched account of the real-life figures who shaped modern science fiction.

Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow - Sci-Fi Author, Blogger

Astounding is a compelling narrative about the personalities who breathed life into science fiction during its golden age.

John ScalziJohn Scalzi - Science Fiction Writer

Astounding is a captivating exploration of the pioneers of science fiction. It's a must-read for anyone interested in the genre's history.

David BrinDavid Brin - Sci-Fi Novelist, Futurist
George R.R. MartinMichael DirdaCory DoctorowJohn ScalziDavid Brin

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