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• It Isn't a Science, Yet! by John W. Campbell, Jr. • If This Goes On ... by Robert A. Heinlein • Locked Out by H. B. Fyfe • And Then There Was One by Ross Rocklynne • Martian Quest by Leigh Brackett • Botanical Invasion by Willy Ley • High-Frequency War by Harl Vincent • Luna Observatory No. 1 by R. S. Richardson • Bombardment in Reverse by Norman L. Knight • The Professor Was a • It Isn't a Science, Yet! by John W. Campbell, Jr. • If This Goes On ... by Robert A. Heinlein • Locked Out by H. B. Fyfe • And Then There Was One by Ross Rocklynne • Martian Quest by Leigh Brackett • Botanical Invasion by Willy Ley • High-Frequency War by Harl Vincent • Luna Observatory No. 1 by R. S. Richardson • Bombardment in Reverse by Norman L. Knight • The Professor Was a Thief by L. Ron Hubbard • Lubrication by John W. Campbell, Jr.


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• It Isn't a Science, Yet! by John W. Campbell, Jr. • If This Goes On ... by Robert A. Heinlein • Locked Out by H. B. Fyfe • And Then There Was One by Ross Rocklynne • Martian Quest by Leigh Brackett • Botanical Invasion by Willy Ley • High-Frequency War by Harl Vincent • Luna Observatory No. 1 by R. S. Richardson • Bombardment in Reverse by Norman L. Knight • The Professor Was a • It Isn't a Science, Yet! by John W. Campbell, Jr. • If This Goes On ... by Robert A. Heinlein • Locked Out by H. B. Fyfe • And Then There Was One by Ross Rocklynne • Martian Quest by Leigh Brackett • Botanical Invasion by Willy Ley • High-Frequency War by Harl Vincent • Luna Observatory No. 1 by R. S. Richardson • Bombardment in Reverse by Norman L. Knight • The Professor Was a Thief by L. Ron Hubbard • Lubrication by John W. Campbell, Jr.

30 review for Astounding Science Fiction, February 1940

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    2-2.5 stars. Read as a nominee for Best Novella in the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Austin Wright

    Book #19 out of #22. This was Heinlein's first published novel, released in 1940. This is densely huge and a really brutal read. It was amazing, but droneish at the same time. Deals with tons of shit: Religious themes, Police-states, Sexual discovery, and Revolution! The best way to read this is to get the collection "Revolt in 2100" which contains books #19 #20 and #21. (If this goes on, Coventry, and Misfits.). Highly recommended! This is the seeming climax of the entire Future History series (o Book #19 out of #22. This was Heinlein's first published novel, released in 1940. This is densely huge and a really brutal read. It was amazing, but droneish at the same time. Deals with tons of shit: Religious themes, Police-states, Sexual discovery, and Revolution! The best way to read this is to get the collection "Revolt in 2100" which contains books #19 #20 and #21. (If this goes on, Coventry, and Misfits.). Highly recommended! This is the seeming climax of the entire Future History series (or at least what the past #1-#18 stories were leading to)!

  3. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    This was a very early example of a theocratic dystopia (published 1940) and this might explain why although a good part of the future History series, this story just didn't feel as it fit in as well as most of the other stories did. This story can be read on its own, or as part of Heinlein's Future History collection. No. 19 in the Future History series This was a very early example of a theocratic dystopia (published 1940) and this might explain why although a good part of the future History series, this story just didn't feel as it fit in as well as most of the other stories did. This story can be read on its own, or as part of Heinlein's Future History collection. No. 19 in the Future History series

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    18/ Si esto continúa..(1940) Periodo en el que está basada: 2070 John Lyle es un joven centinela de ‘Los ángeles del señor’ (la guardia del profeta encarnado). Está asignado a vigilar los exteriores de los aposentos del templo del profeta, en dónde cada noche una guardia femenina entra a la habitación para ser ‘ escogida’ como ayudante nocturna de la reencarnación de la divinidad en la tierra. El Hermano John entabla amista, y posteriormente, siente afecto hacía la hermana Judith. Una noche ella e 18/ Si esto continúa..(1940) Periodo en el que está basada: 2070 John Lyle es un joven centinela de ‘Los ángeles del señor’ (la guardia del profeta encarnado). Está asignado a vigilar los exteriores de los aposentos del templo del profeta, en dónde cada noche una guardia femenina entra a la habitación para ser ‘ escogida’ como ayudante nocturna de la reencarnación de la divinidad en la tierra. El Hermano John entabla amista, y posteriormente, siente afecto hacía la hermana Judith. Una noche ella es elegida para entrar a los aposento y se producirá un incidente, que conducirá a John, a través del amor por Judith, a la pérdida de fe y rebelión contra la que hasta ahora, era su doctrina y modo de vida. Eso le llevará a una fuga conjunta y posterior reclutamiento en ‘ La Cábala’ un operativo rebelde en contra de la dictadura del profeta, que planea la caída del tirana dictadura religiosa actual... Con éste relato nos situamos en una corriente establecida hace ya unos años en la costa Este (que dio comienzo a principios de siglo 21, como se comentan en ‘Lógica del imperio’). EEUU vive bajo una dictadura religiosa, fanática y opresora, llena de manipulación y del deber y devoción hacía el puritanismo. En la figura de Lyle, vemos como ha nacido bajo ésa estela y se ha formado religiosamente en una escuela y posterior academia religiosa - militar, que los adiestra para los fines del profeta. John es un ser puro y ciego, bajo los años de manipulación social y mental del gobierno residente, hasta que un día despierta y conoce otras realidades, que han sido manipuladas a través de décadas de enseñar una falsa historia del pasado. A la figura del profeta, se une, como no, una nueva inquisición: con crueles y hábiles modos de substracción de la información de los integrantes rebeldes de ‘La cábala’ en la plantilla del profeta. Un relato ACERCA DEL PODER DE LA RELIGIÓN ( y su INTOLERANCIA y cuestionables hábitos llevados a cabo), UNIDO A LA POLÍTICA ,E INDISOLUBLE, QUE LLEVA A LA CORRUPCIÓN INHERENTE DEL SER HUMANO, EL ABUSO, LA TIRANÍA Y LA GUERRA. HEINLEIN NO DICE QUE LA RELIGIÓN SEA MALA EN SI, SINO QUE LO ES EL USO CASI SIEMPRE ES DADO: LA MANIPULACIÓN, PROHIBICIÓN Y OCULTACIÓN (con el exterminio de libres pensadores) Y UNA INEVITABLE FUENTE DE CONFLICTOS. POCO AMIGO DEL FASCISMO Y LA OPRESIÓN, EL AUTOR REFLEJA EL INEVITABLE DESTINO, DEBIDO A LOS MALOS TIEMPOS, QUE DERIVA EN EL AGARRE DEL FANATISMO POR PARTE DE LOS HABITANTES Y LA EXTORSIÓN Y CRUELDAD DE LOS QUE BAJO LA ‘ LUZ’ DIVINA SE APODERAN DE TODO Y SOMENTEN A LOS DEMÁS. Heinlein, nos HABLA DE LA IMPORTANCIA DEL LIBRE PENSADOR y LA DIGNIDAD HUMANA, QUE NO HAY QUE CONFUNDIR CON LA ESTRUCTURA Y DISCIPLINA DE UNA SOCIEDAD Y GOBIERNO. Además de esto, es UNA HISTORIA DE ESPIONAJE Y CONTRAESPIONAJE Y DE UNA REVOLUCIÓN, CON SU OPERATIVO MILITAR Y TÁCTICO EN DETALLE, CON MUCHAS Y DURAS (a la par que delicadas, de contenido) REFLEXIONES ACERCA DEL INDIVIDUO: como la pasividad que lleva a la continuación de ciertas acciones que rechazamos (doble moral), o la delgada línea entre lo correcto y lo extremo. Avances y/ o predicciones Tecnológicas: - Armas desintegradoras - Bombas paralizantes - Interfono con pantalla - Coches aéreos (‘ las carreteras deben rodar’, historia del futuro I. Pero en ésa ocasión estaban limitados a los ingenieros técnicos) Avances y / o predicciones sociales: - Tercera guerra mundial previa , tiempo incierto, seguramente de corta duración y a causa del profeta (de rabiosa actualidad, desgraciadamente) - Dictadura religiosa en US: Nueva Jerusalem, situada en la costa Oeste, nación y núcleo central de la figura dictadora de ‘ El profeta encarnado’ - Desarrollo en psicometría y psicodinánica (control y manipulación mental de masas a nivel social llevado a cabo por los religiosos) - Primeros Alimentos sintéticos (como restricción de placeres)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Jones

    If This Goes On by Robert A. Heinlein is a science-fiction story set in a future theocratic American society. This society is governed by fundamentalist Christian “Prophets”. The story centers around John Lyle, a junior army officer under the Prophet. He rescued one of the Prophet’s Virgins, Sister Judith, who fainted when she was informed of her role in the vocation (because she was new to it). Through the twists and turns, the ending can leave readers satisfied with what happened to the societ If This Goes On by Robert A. Heinlein is a science-fiction story set in a future theocratic American society. This society is governed by fundamentalist Christian “Prophets”. The story centers around John Lyle, a junior army officer under the Prophet. He rescued one of the Prophet’s Virgins, Sister Judith, who fainted when she was informed of her role in the vocation (because she was new to it). Through the twists and turns, the ending can leave readers satisfied with what happened to the society.

  6. 4 out of 5

    A

    There isn't much here for a casual, modern reader. If that's what you are, skip it. The characters are flat and the plot stale at best. Frankly, Heinlein has many other stories that are much better written. Go read the Red Planet if you want a fun throwaway adventure story. However, in terms of history, context, and analysis this is a fascinating piece. This is a perfect example of "Golden Age" SF. You can really see the roots of modern SF and multiple of the popular sub-genres in this story. Mi There isn't much here for a casual, modern reader. If that's what you are, skip it. The characters are flat and the plot stale at best. Frankly, Heinlein has many other stories that are much better written. Go read the Red Planet if you want a fun throwaway adventure story. However, in terms of history, context, and analysis this is a fascinating piece. This is a perfect example of "Golden Age" SF. You can really see the roots of modern SF and multiple of the popular sub-genres in this story. Military SF and Hard SF are especially apparent. You can also see how the modern genre is emerging from the pulps thought the characters. Comparatively, the characters are becoming more complex, as in they break the pulp mold of "the perfect" hero (think John Carter of Mars). But you still have some of the bizarre pulp conventions. For example, about 3/4 of the way through the story psychics show up with little explanation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    If this goes on--- by Robert A. Heinlein is a short story by Heinlein. There’s three major arcs in his story, the first of man’s journey in space, the second is life on the moon, and finally Earth’s politics a couple hundred years in the future. If this goes on--- begins the third major arc, and it is actually one of the more interesting arcs, and yet one of the (hopefully) most unrealistic. The story starts with America being taken over by a religious cult revolving around the physical embodime If this goes on--- by Robert A. Heinlein is a short story by Heinlein. There’s three major arcs in his story, the first of man’s journey in space, the second is life on the moon, and finally Earth’s politics a couple hundred years in the future. If this goes on--- begins the third major arc, and it is actually one of the more interesting arcs, and yet one of the (hopefully) most unrealistic. The story starts with America being taken over by a religious cult revolving around the physical embodiment of the reincarnated leader. The story feels deceptively short at the beginning, a simple love story between a boy and a girl, who are in a religious cult, but rather than being a simple short story, this is a far deeper story, which fully realizes not just the meaning but the depth of challenges that come from the idea of a revolution, especially a revolution from a religious form of government. While Heinlein glosses over a few areas of the revolution, he also shows a number of the perils which feel both true, and not just the typical tripe that most authors write about. Rather than just have a series of battles, the revolution is actually a multi-faceted affair where direct conflict is to be avoided. Imagine that, when fighting a larger number, you should avoid conflict. I won’t talk about the second or third act further but both are quite brilliant, and the entire time I read and read to find out what happened next. It took quite a number of nights to read it, but I can say that this is definitely part of Heinlein’s masterwork. Overall I would say this is the third best story in Future History, only bested by Timeline, and Methuselah's Children.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim Carleton

    I've read this several times over the years, but only in the version that is part of the collection, "Revolt in 2100", not the original Astounding Magazine version. I continue to enjoy it each time I pick it up although I tend to skim over it until I get to the more philosophical areas. As a polemic against religious extremism it still holds up well, but it tends to trip over its own feet, because it also supports extremism in other directions. This aside, it still serves as a morality tale for I've read this several times over the years, but only in the version that is part of the collection, "Revolt in 2100", not the original Astounding Magazine version. I continue to enjoy it each time I pick it up although I tend to skim over it until I get to the more philosophical areas. As a polemic against religious extremism it still holds up well, but it tends to trip over its own feet, because it also supports extremism in other directions. This aside, it still serves as a morality tale for our times, in which extremist views of all sorts hold more and more sway. Another story in the above-mentioned collection acts as a nice counter-balance to this one: Coventry tells of the actions of man who, after being banished from civil society, discovers a plot against it and risks his life to warn of the danger, thus redeeming himself. Taken together as a form of Yang and Yin, the clear message comes through: the actions of individuals will always matter.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Read Ng

    It was okay, but started in one direction and ended differently than I thought the book might go. It follows the exploits of our hero and the regime change ongoing around him. Typical of the writing of the time, there are a few outdated stereotypes that glare out during the reading. It is somewhat reflective of society in the 1960's. Have a GoodReads. It was okay, but started in one direction and ended differently than I thought the book might go. It follows the exploits of our hero and the regime change ongoing around him. Typical of the writing of the time, there are a few outdated stereotypes that glare out during the reading. It is somewhat reflective of society in the 1960's. Have a GoodReads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Flash Sheridan

    Much more coherent in the original Astounding version, though a crucial bit was obviously censored. The book version was to some extent a repudiation of the original with, of course, some gratuitous sex.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ray Daley

    A weird faux religion story with no real ending. Going by my own writing, this feels like a story he had as a dream then woke up from, not resolving the story. It's got plenty of detail, the characters are okay, it just peters out into nothing, which is sad, and quite annoying for the reader. A weird faux religion story with no real ending. Going by my own writing, this feels like a story he had as a dream then woke up from, not resolving the story. It's got plenty of detail, the characters are okay, it just peters out into nothing, which is sad, and quite annoying for the reader.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    Второй рассказ, после которого мне хочется сказать "типичный Хайнлайн". Главный герой - с виду обычный, но по фактам супер. Скромный сексуальный опыт, но любовь штука непредсказуемая, военное положение лишь подстегивает либидо. Революция и Секретная Служба, США, вот только собак не хватает. Второй рассказ, после которого мне хочется сказать "типичный Хайнлайн". Главный герой - с виду обычный, но по фактам супер. Скромный сексуальный опыт, но любовь штука непредсказуемая, военное положение лишь подстегивает либидо. Революция и Секретная Служба, США, вот только собак не хватает.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Снежана Ташева

    Приятна и доста плашеща книжка за това какво ще стане, ако в Щатите се възцари религиозно управление.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    A good story, but not one of Heinlein's best. If you're looking to back-fill your Heinlein reads, this is worthwhile. A good story, but not one of Heinlein's best. If you're looking to back-fill your Heinlein reads, this is worthwhile.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dj Spark

    I got a little scared how real this fiction book is in our times in Brazil.

  16. 4 out of 5

    De Jan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ivan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mariia Koroliuk

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert James

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Plafcan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tralphaz

  23. 5 out of 5

    Neil Clement

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vaughan Counts

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Edward

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott Neifert

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mauro Toledo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jim Iscaro

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