The Black Star Passes

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The Black Star Passes

Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author John W. Campbell, Jr.
Cover artist Ric Binkley
Country United States
Language English
Series Arcot, Morey and Wade
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Fantasy Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 254 pp
OCLC 1138567
Followed by Islands of Space

The Black Star Passes is a collection of science fiction short stories by American author John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was first published in 1953 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 2,951 copies. The book is the first in Campbell's Arcot, Morey and Wade series. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Amazing Stories and Amazing Stories Quarterly, and were "extensively edited" for book publication, with Campbell's approval, by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. [1]


Galaxy reviewer Groff Conklin described the stories as "three creaking classics . . . fun to read, [but] rococo antiques [without] believable characters, human relations, even logical plots." [2] Boucher and McComas dismissed the book as "a hopelessly outdated set of novelets . . . of concern only to those who wish to observe the awkward larval stage of a major figure in science fiction." [3] P. Schuyler Miller described the stories as "old-fashioned fun which [Campbell] no longer takes any more seriously than you need to." [4]



  1. Everett F. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years, Kent State University Press, 1998, p.52
  2. "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction , April 1954, p.120
  3. "Recommended Reading," F&SF , February 1954, p.95.
  4. "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction , March 1954, p.156