Friday, April 10, 2009

Golden Age Stories

Galaxy Press is bring out a series of books that reprint the pulp stories of L. Ron Hubbard. L. Ron was very prolific in the pulps writing in all genres and this volume has three of his science fiction stories.

More layoffs were announced in local industries this week. The March results were double those of last year. I've got a bunch of resumes out there, but nothing looks promising.

Enjoy the review.

THE PROFESSOR WAS A THIEF, L. Ron Hubbard, Galaxy, $9.95, 140 pages, ISBN: 9781592123513, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

In this the latest of the “Stories from the Golden Age” from Galaxy, we are treated to three stories by one of the most prolific writers of the pulp years.
In the first story, Pop is about to be forced out of his newspaper job when he is given a chance to write a story about a boring professor in order to keep his job. When this fails and he is on his way out, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, and other landmarks begin to disappear. Pop is able to get extra editions out. His job is still not appreciated and in order to prove his worth, he must find the missing landmarks and prove THE PROFESSOR WAS A THIEF.

Earth is in need of a mineral that is located on the planet Deltoid. The inhabitants do not wish to give in and the Earthers can’t use force because of the volatile nature of the mineral. Earth sends a Civil Affairs officer to negotiate, but it comes down to magic versus science in a “Battle of Wizards” in order to come to an agreement.

Dr Henry Mudge is supposed to give a speech at the Philosophers Club, but rather than getting prepared he spends time working on Equation C. He finds a solution to the Equation and ends up moving around in “The Dangerous Dimension” where all it takes is a thought to move to that place.

Here are three fun tales that show different sides of Hubbard’s creative abilities. This is another tremendous addition to the collection of Golden Age tales that Galaxy is presenting to a new generation of readers. Pick this one up and be on the lookout for other additions to the library.

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