January 6th, 2016

laika

Cloak of Aesir, by John W. Campbell

This collection of Campbell stories, like Who Goes There? is from Shasta Press.

While there's still a lot of man-scientists using their man-science to be manly, this collection is a lot more pessimistic/dystopian. "The Escape" is particularly bleak. It ends on a "Wesley died" moment and there is no next chapter with Miracle Max. I most liked the connected stories of "The Machine"/"The Invaders"/"Rebellion". Eugenics saves the day! I didn't much care for the titular story, or its prequel "Out of Night". That's not fair -- it isn't me, it's them. They stink.