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John W. Campbell anthology

Author: John W Campbell, Jr.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1973.
Series: Doubleday science fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : [1st ed.]
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The Twenty-Second century, viewed from 1930: giant propeller-driven aircraft carrying two thousand passengers across the country at 500-plus miles an hour, progressing to molecular-motion drives run by solar heat, to interplanetary voyages and war with Venus, to an "invasion" by a rogue star crossing the solar system. Three against the stars! A sky pirate armed with superior weapons of his own invention....First
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W Campbell, Jr.
ISBN: 0385068190 9780385068192
OCLC Number: 609364
Description: xv, 528 pages 22 cm.
Contents: The black star passes --
Islands of space --
Invaders from the infinite.
Series Title: Doubleday science fiction.
Other Titles: Anthology :
Responsibility: with introductions by Lester del Rey and Isaac Asimov.

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The Twenty-Second century, viewed from 1930: giant propeller-driven aircraft carrying two thousand passengers across the country at 500-plus miles an hour, progressing to molecular-motion drives run by solar heat, to interplanetary voyages and war with Venus, to an "invasion" by a rogue star crossing the solar system. Three against the stars! A sky pirate armed with superior weapons of his own invention....First contact with an alien race dangerous enough to threaten the safety of two planets....The arrival of an unseen dark sun whose attendant marauders aimed at the very end of civilization in this Solar System....These were the three challenges that tested the skill and minds of the brilliant team of scientist-astronauts Arcot, Wade, and Morey. Their initial adventures are a classic of science fiction that first brought the name of their author, John W. Campbell, Jr., into prominence as a master of the inventive imagination -- long before he became the editor of Astounding/Analog and changed the field of science fiction forever!

The Black Star Passes is the first of a science fiction trilogy dubbed the Arcot-Morey-Wade series after its central characters. The other books are Islands of Space and Invaders from the Infinite. The Black Star Passes was originally published in Amazing Stories as three shorter stories: "Piracy Preferred", "Solarite", and "The Black Star Passes", and the book is divided into these sections. Richard Arcot is the nation's leading physicist, only recently supplanting his father, also a great scientist-inventor. Robert Morey, a brilliant mathematician who complements Arcot's genius, is the son of a transcontinental airline owner and Arcot's best friend. Wade is a chemistry genius who turns to air piracy in the first section of the book. Cured of his mental imbalance, he teams up with Arcot and Morey on their adventures.

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