The Black Star Passes

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The Black Star Passes

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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
1953
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]

Science fiction genre of fiction

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This article presents lists of literary events and publications in 1953.

Fantasy Press

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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 [2] Boucher and McComas dismissed the book as "a hopelessly outdated set of novelets .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]

<i>Galaxy Science Fiction</i> American magazine

Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by a French-Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break into the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading science fiction (sf) magazine of its time, focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology.

Groff Conklin American science fiction editor

Edward Groff Conklin was an American science fiction anthologist. He edited 40 anthologies of science fiction, one of mystery stories, wrote books on home improvement and was a freelance writer on scientific subjects as well as a published poet. From 1950 to 1955, he was the book critic for Galaxy Science Fiction.

Anthony Boucher Editor, novelist, short story writer

Anthony Boucher was an American author, critic, and editor, who wrote several classic mystery novels, short stories, science fiction, and radio dramas. Between 1942 and 1947 he acted as reviewer of mostly mystery fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to "Anthony Boucher", White also employed the pseudonym "H. H. Holmes", which was the pseudonym of a late-19th-century American serial killer; Boucher would also write light verse and sign it "Herman W. Mudgett".

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<i>Revolt in 2100</i> book by Robert Heinlein

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<i>Nightfall and Other Stories</i> anthology book compiling twenty previously published science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov

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<i>Untouched by Human Hands</i> book by Robert Sheckley

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<i>Tales from Gavagans Bar</i> book by Lyon Sprague de Camp

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<i>The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales</i> book by Lyon Sprague de Camp

The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales is a 1953 collection of stories by American science fiction and fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Twayne Publishers. An E-book edition was published as The Tritonian Ring and Other Pasudian [sic] Tales by Gollancz's SF Gateway imprint on September 29, 2011 as part of a general release of de Camp's works in electronic form. The pieces were originally published between 1951 and 1953 in the magazines and anthologies Two Complete Science Adventure Books, Fantasy Fiction, Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, and Fantastic Adventures. The title story, the novel The Tritonian Ring has also been published separately.

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<i>The Golden Man</i> (collection) short story collection by Philip K. Dick

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<i>Earthmans Burden</i> book by Poul Anderson

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<i>The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1954</i> book by E. F. Bleiler

The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1954 is a 1954 anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty. An abridged edition was published in the UK by Grayson in 1956 under the title The Best Science Fiction Stories: Fifth Series. The stories had originally appeared in 1953 in the magazines Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Astounding and Galaxy Science Fiction.

<i>Mutant</i> (short story collection) sci-fi collection by Lewis Padgett

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<i>The Forgotten Planet</i> novel by Murray Leinster

The Forgotten Planet is a science fiction novel by American writer Murray Leinster. It was released in 1954 by Gnome Press in an edition of 5,000 copies. The novel is a fix-up from three short stories, "The Mad Planet" and "The Red Dust", both of which had originally appeared in the magazine Argosy in 1920 and 1921, and "Nightmare Planet", which had been published in Science Fiction Plus in 1953.

<i>Interplanetary Hunter</i> book by Arthur K. Barnes

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<i>The Moon Is Hell!</i> book by John W. Campbell

The Moon Is Hell! is a collection of science fiction stories by American writer John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was published in 1950 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 4,206 copies. The title story deals with a team of scientists stranded on the Moon when their spacecraft crashes, and how they use their combined skills and knowledge to survive until rescue, including building shelter from meteor showers, and creating their own oxygen from Lunar rock. The second story, "The Elder Gods" Campbell rewrote, on a short deadline, from a story by Arthur J. Burks purchased for Unknown but later deemed unsatisfactory. It originally appeared in that magazine under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. The title of the eponymous story is generally reported without the exclamation point, although the punctuation is used for the title of most editions of the collection itself.

<i>Tyrant of Time</i> book by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach

The Tyrant of Time is a collection of science-fiction short stories by the American writer Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. It was first published by Fantasy Press in 1955 in an edition of 1,547 copies. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Science Fiction and Strange Stories.

<i>Cloak of Aesir</i> book by John W. Campbell

Cloak of Aesir is a collection of science fiction stories by American writer John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was published in 1952 by Shasta Publishers in an edition of 5,000 copies. The stories originally appeared in the magazine Astounding SF under Campbell's pseudonym Don A. Stuart.

<i>Ahead of Time</i> book by Henry Kuttner

Ahead of Time is a collection of science fiction stories by American writer Henry Kuttner, first published in hardcover by Ballantine Books in 1953. A British hardcover appeared in 1954, with a paperback following in 1961. Paperback reissues of both the UK and US editions appeared in the mid-1960s. A French translation appeared in 1962, and an Italian translation in 1971.

<i>Angels and Spaceships</i> book by Fredric Brown

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References

  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

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Jack L. Chalker American author

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Donald Henry Tuck was a bibliographer of science fiction, fantasy and weird fiction. His works were "among the most extensive produced since the pioneering work of Everett F. Bleiler."

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