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Contents: • Atomic Power to Space by John W. Campbell, Jr. • Crisis in Utopia by Norman L. Knight • The Mosaic by J. B. Ryan • Emergency Landing by Ralph Williams • Coventry by Robert A. Heinlein • The Idealist by L. Ron Hubbard • The Science of Whithering by L. Sprague de Camp • Dark Mission by Lester del Rey • The Red Death of Mars by Robert Moore Williams


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Contents: • Atomic Power to Space by John W. Campbell, Jr. • Crisis in Utopia by Norman L. Knight • The Mosaic by J. B. Ryan • Emergency Landing by Ralph Williams • Coventry by Robert A. Heinlein • The Idealist by L. Ron Hubbard • The Science of Whithering by L. Sprague de Camp • Dark Mission by Lester del Rey • The Red Death of Mars by Robert Moore Williams

30 review for Astounding Science Fiction, July 1940

  1. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    19/ Coventry (1940) Periodo en el que está basada: 2090 David Mackinnon se halla ante un tribunal por ser acusado, según el convenio nuevo de EEUU, de dañar a un hombre libre. Tiene dos elecciones, entre las cuales puede elegir: la modificación de su conducta o el destierro a Conventry, un lugar enorme y fronterizo, lleno de personas de dudosa y anti cívico comportamiento y violenta conducta. Una vez pasada la frontera, será detenido y acusado, de manera desproporcionada en uno de los tres jefatura 19/ Coventry (1940) Periodo en el que está basada: 2090 David Mackinnon se halla ante un tribunal por ser acusado, según el convenio nuevo de EEUU, de dañar a un hombre libre. Tiene dos elecciones, entre las cuales puede elegir: la modificación de su conducta o el destierro a Conventry, un lugar enorme y fronterizo, lleno de personas de dudosa y anti cívico comportamiento y violenta conducta. Una vez pasada la frontera, será detenido y acusado, de manera desproporcionada en uno de los tres jefaturas soberanas de Conventry. En la cárcel, Dave conocerá a Maggie, que le ayudará a sobrevivir y fugarse de la cárcel, además de hacerse partícipe de una asociación privada de rebeldes contra los tres estados...pero alguna cosa más le depara a Mackinnon y él mismo ni se lo imagina... Nos situamos en un gobierno en US con un Convenio escrito por uno de los líderes de la anterior revolución, Novak ( jefe de John Lyle en ‘ Si esto continúa’) para asegurar la máxima libertad a todos, excepto si se daña a otra persona. Entonces el ejecutor de dicha conducta es llevado a los tribunales, que no le juzgan y sentencian, sino que le dan a elegir si deciden re insertarse en la sociedad, tras un periodo de terapia social, o ir desterrado a Conventry, con personas que tienen las mismas actitudes y pensamientos. De hecho se nos presenta una sociedad en la cual está ya prohibido y erradicado matar, incluso por deporte a los animales, de ahí que esté establecida la creación económica de proteínas. Ya nadie pasa hambre y se ha controlado el clima, para que no sea extremo. En Conventry hay tres jefaturas soberanas, creadas por los desterrados: 1/ Nueva américa: aparentemente ‘democrático’ pero que es el que se apodera de los pocos bienes de Lyle y lo encarcela. 2/ Estado libre: una didactura sin tapujos (basada en las antiguas leyes del funcionalismo: ‘ Las carreteras deben rodar’, historia del futuro I) 3/ Los ángeles: con los aún escasos seguidores del antiguo Profeta encarnado ( ‘ Si esto continúa’), que viven en un monte realizando plegarias día y noche. Los tres mini gobiernos pretenden gobernar el resto del continente, para el 1º es un medio propagandístico, para el 2º una política fija (golpe de estado y guerra), mientras que el tercero espera el regreso del primer profeta encarnado( religión, dogmas y fanatismos). Con éste resumen, EL AUTOR CRITICA TODAS LAS FORMAS DE GOBIERNO ESTABLECIDAS EN LA HISTORIA. Inevitablemente, las dos primeras soberanías pactan para apoderarse de los EEUU y su nuevo e idealizado gobierno social....la cual cosa no puede suceder nuevamente, después de la terrible época de tiranía pasada. LA HISTORIA QUIERE LLEVARNOS A QUE CUESTIONEMOS SI ES NECESAREO UN MUNDO PERFECTO O NO ( QUIZÁ EN PARTE), QUE NOS DESPOJA DE LA SORPRESA DEL VIVIR, ACERCA DE LOS LIMITES DE LIBERTAD Y DEL DESPOJO DE LA INDIVIDUALIDAD DEL CARÁCTER DEL SER HUMANO FRENTE AL BIEN COMÚN. ES LA INEVITABLE LACRA DEL COMPORTAMIENTO HUMANO, MUCHAS VECES IMPERFECTO, PERO OTRAS TANTAS VECES, RICO Y GENEROSO..NO TODO NI TODOS PUEDEN CONTROLARSE Y MEJORARSE. HEINLEIN NO DEJA DE CRITICAR EL ESTABLECIMIENTO DE LAS DESDEÑABLES FORMAS DE MANIPULACIÓN Y OPRESIÓN DE LAS PRINCIPALES FORMAS DE GOBIERNO EN LA HISTORIA, QUE NO DEJAN DE REPETIRSE UNA Y OTRA VEZ. POR TODO ELLO, ES UN RELATO CRITICO DE CARGADO FONDO PSICOLÓGICO- SOCIAL DE CAUSA Y EFECTO GENERACIONAL ( la causa que lleva a Dave a golpear a un tipo y ser llevado a los tribunales, es debido a su carácter que juzga la moral de los demás y ejecutar una forma de castigo adecuada; estigma una infancia con un padre autoritario e implacable), ACERCA DE LA INEVITABLE Y MAL LLEVADA AUTORIDAD DE LOS GOBIERNOS Y HOGARES, POR EXCESO O CARENCIA Avances y/ o predicciones Tecnológicas: - Vuelta al viaje interplanetario - Control del clima Avances y / o predicciones sociales: - establecimiento del ‘Convenio’ ( documento social – científico) ,posterior a la revolución y derroque del gobierno del profeta, que asegura la máxima libertad del individuo, siempre y cuando no se haga daño a otra persona. - Perfeccionamiento de la ciencia de las relaciones sociales, basada en las afirmaciones negativas básicas de la Semántica - Fabricación de proteínas económicas (alimentos sintéticos) y ruina del negocio de criar carne para su matanza.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William

    Dated a bit and pretty short for a novella, but I loved it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laurelyn Anne

    Honestly, this short story is truly one of my favorites of all time, ever. I need to re-read it again (but I've read it threes times since the first time in seventh grade). It is the perfect counterpoint to Ayn Rand's works and while no more philosophically correct, I love it for the anarchy of those on the other side of the barrier, for the choice of "learning the hard way" or reprogramming. Honestly, this short story is truly one of my favorites of all time, ever. I need to re-read it again (but I've read it threes times since the first time in seventh grade). It is the perfect counterpoint to Ayn Rand's works and while no more philosophically correct, I love it for the anarchy of those on the other side of the barrier, for the choice of "learning the hard way" or reprogramming.

  4. 4 out of 5

    George

    A short story. David MacKinnon, a romantic idealist, is convicted of assault in a society where a person’s action enjuries another individual is a crime. The government fears the individualist MacKinnon will repeat his action, he is given a choice: to be mentally fixed by psychologists, or go toan area known as Coventry, a rugged outland area beyond the Barrier, where people who refuse to abide by social norms are exiled. He chooses exile and discovers it isn’t the “paradise” he was expecting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    A nice short story to be read with/after 'If This Goes On-' showing that even after the theocratic society was toppled, several sprung up in its place that were far from utopias - a pretty realistic, sad view of what our struggle to find a good kind of order is like. A nice short story to be read with/after 'If This Goes On-' showing that even after the theocratic society was toppled, several sprung up in its place that were far from utopias - a pretty realistic, sad view of what our struggle to find a good kind of order is like.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The story starts with a man on trial. This section of the story had a very hollywood feel. Especially when the main character made an epic speech. But the judge out did him and agreed to send him away instead of having his head re-programed. I agree I would want my head re-programed but i'm happy to have it done to criminals. I enjoyed this story and found it interesting. They have a humane way of treat criminals. But it's not perfect. I also loved watching the main character change to a better The story starts with a man on trial. This section of the story had a very hollywood feel. Especially when the main character made an epic speech. But the judge out did him and agreed to send him away instead of having his head re-programed. I agree I would want my head re-programed but i'm happy to have it done to criminals. I enjoyed this story and found it interesting. They have a humane way of treat criminals. But it's not perfect. I also loved watching the main character change to a better person. Well almost better person. Humans aren't perfect.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Austin Wright

    I am giving this 5 stars, because the book was written in 1940. It is a beautiful ring-composition of a story involving a fractured United States. But, as I have been reading these stories #1 through #21, I finally started getting burned out on this 1,000-page Space Opera. These three stories "If this goes on", "Coventry", and "Misfit" can all be found in the book "Revolt in 2100". I am giving this 5 stars, because the book was written in 1940. It is a beautiful ring-composition of a story involving a fractured United States. But, as I have been reading these stories #1 through #21, I finally started getting burned out on this 1,000-page Space Opera. These three stories "If this goes on", "Coventry", and "Misfit" can all be found in the book "Revolt in 2100".

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Honestly I don't remember this book as much though I remember enjoying it. Heinlein paints an amazing world with a few short words. However I remember the beginning and ending but I can't judge the book so long after the book, I would reread it for sure. Honestly I don't remember this book as much though I remember enjoying it. Heinlein paints an amazing world with a few short words. However I remember the beginning and ending but I can't judge the book so long after the book, I would reread it for sure.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Read Ng

    A story that examines society. It was okay, but I thought it was going a different way. Anyway, it is really about self discovery and one's place in society. Have a GoodReads. A story that examines society. It was okay, but I thought it was going a different way. Anyway, it is really about self discovery and one's place in society. Have a GoodReads.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Caddy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dean Bryant Johnson

  13. 5 out of 5

    James

  14. 5 out of 5

    Timofei Gerasimov

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert Leitch

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat Ward

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diana Blick

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alumno

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Chadwick

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Ehler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Berntson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ron Starbuck

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ross

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