John Wood Campbell, Jr, 1910 - 1971
Cover art for The John W. Campbell Letters (1985) by Kelly Freas
Born: 8 June 1910, Newark, New Jersey
Died: 11 July 1971, Mountainside, New Jersey
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- History doesn't always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells 'can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club. permalink
Analog Science Fiction/Fact magazine (1965)
- Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely. permalink
editorial in Analog Science Fiction/Fact magazine (1970)
- Man studied birds for centuries, trying to learn how to make a machine to fly like them. He never did do the trick; his final success came when he broke away entirely and tried new methods. permalink
as Don A. Stuart, "Who Goes There?" - Astounding Stories (Aug 1938)
- Science is not a sacred cow — but there are a large number of would-be sacred cowherds busily devoting quantities of time, energy and effort to the task of making it one, so they can be sacred cowherds. permalink
introduction to Prologue to Analog (1962)
- The trouble with the development contract concept is that it inevitably fails to recognize that the true break-throughs are not logically predictable... and never will be. Yet by emphasizing the real, genuine value of logically-predictable research, it makes the inherently improbable break-through buck logical opposition, after it has successfully bucked the opposition of the Unknown. It's the old proposition, "If the idea is so good, somebody would have thought of it long ago — someone with proper training in that field, of course. So there must be something wrong with your idea," but now reinforced with the added argument, "... and if it was really good, the government would snap it up at once!" Problem for the future: How can the break-through inventor get a hearing? permalink
"Report on the Dean Drive" - Astounding (September 1960)
- We presuppose two things: that there is yet to be learned infinitely more than is now known, and that man can learn it. permalink
- Write me a creature that thinks as well as a man. permalink
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