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• Inconsequential Detail by John W. Campbell, Jr. [as by The Editor] • Neutral Vessel by Harl Vincent • Moon of Delirium by D. L. James [as by Daniel Lewis James] • The Smallest God by Lester del Rey • Transmutation, 1939 by Jack Hatcher • Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein • In the Day of the Cold by Sam Weston • Gray Lensman by E.E. "Doc" Smith • Watch this Creep Into Stories Now! by • Inconsequential Detail by John W. Campbell, Jr. [as by The Editor] • Neutral Vessel by Harl Vincent • Moon of Delirium by D. L. James [as by Daniel Lewis James] • The Smallest God by Lester del Rey • Transmutation, 1939 by Jack Hatcher • Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein • In the Day of the Cold by Sam Weston • Gray Lensman by E.E. "Doc" Smith • Watch this Creep Into Stories Now! by John W. Campbell, Jr.


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• Inconsequential Detail by John W. Campbell, Jr. [as by The Editor] • Neutral Vessel by Harl Vincent • Moon of Delirium by D. L. James [as by Daniel Lewis James] • The Smallest God by Lester del Rey • Transmutation, 1939 by Jack Hatcher • Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein • In the Day of the Cold by Sam Weston • Gray Lensman by E.E. "Doc" Smith • Watch this Creep Into Stories Now! by • Inconsequential Detail by John W. Campbell, Jr. [as by The Editor] • Neutral Vessel by Harl Vincent • Moon of Delirium by D. L. James [as by Daniel Lewis James] • The Smallest God by Lester del Rey • Transmutation, 1939 by Jack Hatcher • Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein • In the Day of the Cold by Sam Weston • Gray Lensman by E.E. "Doc" Smith • Watch this Creep Into Stories Now! by John W. Campbell, Jr.

30 review for Astounding Science Fiction, January 1940

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    Grandmaster extraordinaire Robert “Astounding” Heinlein published one of his earliest short stories in the January 1940 edition of Astounding. In “Requiem” the 33-year-old whippersnapper explores some themes that would become ubiquitous throughout his long SF career. OK kids, how many stories do we find a rich person in the future getting what they want and the cost be damned?? Hmmm, let’s see: Double Star – rich politician Stranger in a Strange Land -Jubal!! I Will Fear No Evil – I wanna be a woman! Grandmaster extraordinaire Robert “Astounding” Heinlein published one of his earliest short stories in the January 1940 edition of Astounding. In “Requiem” the 33-year-old whippersnapper explores some themes that would become ubiquitous throughout his long SF career. OK kids, how many stories do we find a rich person in the future getting what they want and the cost be damned?? Hmmm, let’s see: Double Star – rich politician Stranger in a Strange Land -Jubal!! I Will Fear No Evil – I wanna be a woman! Time Enough for Love – Lazarus! and I’m gonna live forever! OK, well maybe not as many as I thought, but we also see the lifelong dream of wanting to go to the moon. ”Alice!” Some sentimentality and a little hokey, but CLASSIC SF. Back in the 70s all of us wanted to be astronauts, I think RAH had the right idea. Good times.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    Read as part of the 1941 Retro-Hugo Voters' Packet. Vintage Heinlein - with all that comes with that, good and bad. Mr. Harriman has spent his life dreaming of space, much like the boy sci-fi readers and science club nerds that are the overtly acknowledged audience for this story. Harriman has made a career of risky investments in rocket technology, repeatedly ignoring the cautious and concerned advice of his wife, and his bets have paid off - he's a wealthy CEO of a major corporation. But now tha Read as part of the 1941 Retro-Hugo Voters' Packet. Vintage Heinlein - with all that comes with that, good and bad. Mr. Harriman has spent his life dreaming of space, much like the boy sci-fi readers and science club nerds that are the overtly acknowledged audience for this story. Harriman has made a career of risky investments in rocket technology, repeatedly ignoring the cautious and concerned advice of his wife, and his bets have paid off - he's a wealthy CEO of a major corporation. But now that he finally has the financial wherewithal to get to the moon, he can't. The interfering nanny state with its government regulations and well-meaning doctors, say that his elderly body is too frail: he'll never survive the rigors of space travel. But Harriman's not quite dead yet, and neither is his dream.... I think I would've found this one more emotionally affecting if I'd read it when I was younger, and still desperately dreamed of going to space. I don't anymore...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    “Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein is so far one of the best short stories in the Future History compilation that I’m reading, and it’s a solid compilation, so that makes it pretty well done. I don’t want to spoil the story, but I would recommend that anyone who wants to read this short story, needs to read “The Man Who Sold The Moon” first. It’s a little longer of a story, but gives a great deal more context to the story. There are other stories that are slightly related to this story, but for the “Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein is so far one of the best short stories in the Future History compilation that I’m reading, and it’s a solid compilation, so that makes it pretty well done. I don’t want to spoil the story, but I would recommend that anyone who wants to read this short story, needs to read “The Man Who Sold The Moon” first. It’s a little longer of a story, but gives a great deal more context to the story. There are other stories that are slightly related to this story, but for the most part, that story is crucial to really appreciate this one. What’s interesting is that “Requiem” was written before “The Man Who Sold The Moon”, and without the later, I don’t know if I’d like “Requiem” as much. However reading it with that context, it brought tears to my eyes, and riveted me. On it’s own it might not be a 5 star story, but I’m giving it the full measure, as it really touched me, and told a story I really wanted to know.

  4. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    A fitting title for a poignant tale. This serves as a sequel to 'The Man Who Sold the Moon', and reveals the ultimate fate of said man. It's a thought-provoking tale of a man who simply wants to accomplish a dream, and the obstacles he had to overcome to accomplish that dream. Truly a touching tale. #8 in the Future History timeline, though published several years earlier than #7. A fitting title for a poignant tale. This serves as a sequel to 'The Man Who Sold the Moon', and reveals the ultimate fate of said man. It's a thought-provoking tale of a man who simply wants to accomplish a dream, and the obstacles he had to overcome to accomplish that dream. Truly a touching tale. #8 in the Future History timeline, though published several years earlier than #7.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    #7/ Requiem (1940) Periodo en que está basada: los 90 supuestamente, rozando el 2000 (inconcreto, por lógica rozaría el 2000) Han pasado muchos años desde el primer cohete a la luna. Actualmente, el primer modelo está en una de las colinas, a los pies de una feria, para ser visitado y servir de ‘atracción’ con pequeños vuelos de demostración. Su piloto, McIntyre junto con el mecánico (los cuales han sido destituidos del trayecto luna-tierra por infracciones), reciben una interesante propuesta de vo #7/ Requiem (1940) Periodo en que está basada: los 90 supuestamente, rozando el 2000 (inconcreto, por lógica rozaría el 2000) Han pasado muchos años desde el primer cohete a la luna. Actualmente, el primer modelo está en una de las colinas, a los pies de una feria, para ser visitado y servir de ‘atracción’ con pequeños vuelos de demostración. Su piloto, McIntyre junto con el mecánico (los cuales han sido destituidos del trayecto luna-tierra por infracciones), reciben una interesante propuesta de volver a ir a la luna nuevamente...la propuesta viene DE UN ANCIANO HARRIMAN, QUE AÚN NO LOGRÓ LA BASE DE SU SUEÑO... CONMOVEDORA, BONITA Y NOSTÁLGICA POST HISTORIA DE ‘EL HOMBRE QUE VENDIÓ LA LUNA’, CENTRÁNDOSE EN UN HARRIMAN que, a pesar de haber proporcionado una apertura a la galaxia, se le quiere ser denegada SU ÚNICO DESEO BASE DESDE QUE SOÑÓ CON LA LUNA (PISARLA), y todo debido A LA AMBICIÓN DESPROPORCIONADA DE LOS SOCIOS DE SUS CORPORACIONES INTERPLANETARIAS, por MIEDO A LA PÉRDIDA DE SU CAPITAL Y QUE SE DEVALÚEN LAS ACCIONES DE LA CORPORACIÓN. Y es que, como nos cuenta Heinlein aquí, el PODER Y EL DINERO, y HASTA INCLUSO LA CONSERVACIÓN DE LA SALUD EN SEGÚN QUÉ ETAPAS DE LA VIDA, RESULTAN INNECESARIOS PARA LO MÁS BÁSICO: LA FELICIDAD PERSONAL:’- Es cierto que algunas de esas acciones han perdido valor en su liquidación. Pero, el valor de una cosa es la satisfacción que proporciona’ ‘- No creo que la salud de un hombre dependa tanto de lo que haga como de lo que desee hacer. Y estoy empezando a hacer lo que realmente deseo’ Algunos lectores lo tacharán de relato de LÁGRIMA FÁCIL, PERO REALMENTE ES UNA HISTORIA QUE LLEGA, EFECTIVA. TODOS TENEMOS UN SUEÑO IRREALIZADO, ALGUNOS HAN LUCHADO Y OTROS NO POR CONSEGUIRLO. HARRIMAN PROPORCIONÓ UN FUTURO PARA LOS DEMÁS E HIPOTECÓ EL SUYO A CAMBIO. Heinlein para adelante y para atrás.... ‘Réquiem’ está escrito en 1940 y ‘el hombre que vendió la luna’ en el 50. Y realmente están bastante bien hilvanados ambos relatos (el pre y post Harriman). Aquí sabemos que Harriman soñó siempre con ir a la luna desde pequeño, y durante sus primeros pinitos como trabajador y socio, y que al final no pudo conseguirlo. Posteriormente , en ‘ El hombre que vendió la luna’ se nos explica el desarrollo del sueño de Harriman y al final quedamos en que será el próximo en ir a la luna, y no el primero, en pro del desarrollo y evolución del proyecto lunar (todo por cuestiones financieras); incluso él dice que será el primer alcalde de Luna city...pero no se nos hace mención de ello en los demás relatos, o sea que podemos deducir con ‘ Requiem’ que por A o B, no pudo realizarlo, siendo posteriormente viejo para ‘legalmente’ hacerlo... por tanto la conexión entre las dos historias está muy bien hecha, salvo las fechas, que pueden cuadrar menos (aunque bien cierto es que no se nos especifica tampoco la fecha de Réquiem). Una demostración del saber de un Gran escritor. Avances y/ o predicciones sociales: ·Ley seguridad espacial

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kitsune

    Read it in the digitized version of Astounding Volume 24, number 4, hosted by the Internet Archive at: https://ia800202.us.archive.org/27/it... tl;dr - Old man defies reasonable government regulations, ends up dead. Didn't quite work for me, but that's probably on account of the proto-Randian vibes coming through. Tyrannical government infringing on the rights of a businessman to do whatever he wants, or whatnot. Read it in the digitized version of Astounding Volume 24, number 4, hosted by the Internet Archive at: https://ia800202.us.archive.org/27/it... tl;dr - Old man defies reasonable government regulations, ends up dead. Didn't quite work for me, but that's probably on account of the proto-Randian vibes coming through. Tyrannical government infringing on the rights of a businessman to do whatever he wants, or whatnot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    A M H

    A short story with a very basic simple plot. (view spoiler)[An old rich guys quest to fulfill his dream of going to the moon before his passing. (hide spoiler)] All in all it's just okay. On a side note, it reminds me of a game called "To The Moon" by Kan Gao that came out back in 2011. It had a similar idea, but a much more fleshed out, rich story and theme, that could really bring out the feels by the end. If you like Requiem, I really recommend "To The Moon". It's a lot more engaging, thought A short story with a very basic simple plot. (view spoiler)[An old rich guys quest to fulfill his dream of going to the moon before his passing. (hide spoiler)] All in all it's just okay. On a side note, it reminds me of a game called "To The Moon" by Kan Gao that came out back in 2011. It had a similar idea, but a much more fleshed out, rich story and theme, that could really bring out the feels by the end. If you like Requiem, I really recommend "To The Moon". It's a lot more engaging, thought provoking and heartbreaking than this story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Austin Wright

    This book #8 of #21 for Future History. This book was it's title from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Requiem", which is inscribed on his own headstone in Samoa. Released January 1940, it introduces an aged D. D. Delos, most notable for 1949's "The Man who sold the Moon". As short as this story is, it is incredibly powerful. This book #8 of #21 for Future History. This book was it's title from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Requiem", which is inscribed on his own headstone in Samoa. Released January 1940, it introduces an aged D. D. Delos, most notable for 1949's "The Man who sold the Moon". As short as this story is, it is incredibly powerful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dave Brownell

    So far the best short story in "The Past Through Tomorrow." So far the best short story in "The Past Through Tomorrow."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Read Ng

    A fitting story of the last days of our reoccurring hero D.D. Harriman. He finally gets to the moon. Have a GoodReads.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ray Daley

    I'd read this before, but didn't realised until quite late into the story. I'd read this before, but didn't realised until quite late into the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I liked the aspect of having a dream (goal) and trying to achieve it before it was too late.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Buggs McBuggs

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stifynsemons

  18. 4 out of 5

    Distant_masher

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

  20. 4 out of 5

    NutterNort

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia Sidorova

  22. 4 out of 5

    Warum

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hilliary

  24. 5 out of 5

    LornaMarie LornaMarie

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Lutkins

  26. 5 out of 5

    Doug Adair

  27. 5 out of 5

    De Jan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil

  29. 4 out of 5

    WaterProof

  30. 5 out of 5

    Simona

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