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Astounding Stories of Super-Science, Vol. 30, No. 2

Book Overview: 

This is the second issue of the classic science fiction Astounding Magazine. It contains the finale of The Beetle Horde by Victor Rousseau, as well as stories by Harl Vincent, Charles Willard Diffin, Hugh B. Cave, Sophie Wenzel Ellis, Sterner St. Paul, Anthony Pelcher and Captain S. P. Meek.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .MacGregor was cool and unhurried as Thurston listened. "Grab a plane, old man," he was saying, "and come up here on the jump."

The phrase brought a grim smile to Thurston's tired lips. "Hell's popping!" the Secretary of War had added on that evening those long ages before. Did MacGregor have something? Was a different kind of hell preparing to pop? The thoughts flashed through the listener's mind.

"I need a good deputy," MacGregor said. "You may be the whole works—may have to carry on—but I'll tell you it all later. Meet me at the Biltmore."

"In less than two hours," Thurston assured him.

A plane was at his disposal. Riley's legs were functioning again, after a fashion. They kept the appointment with minutes to spare.

"Come on," said MacGregor, "I'll talk to you in the car." The automobile whirled them out of the city to race off upon a winding highway that climbed into far hills. The. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Just as much of a mixed bag as I expected.

Again, interesting to see what was considered 'astounding' in the 1930s. Some of which are old hat to us in the 21st century, and some of which (including the secret to life) which still amaze us.

Old Crompton's Secret - rated 3/5 : Begins very strongly with a young scientist discovering how to re...more

Another great collection of early speculative science fiction from the golden era. Some of the stories are excellent in hard science fiction while others blur the line with mystery and horror and make this a great collection of short stories. They are easy to read and make for a relative short ti...more

Good, old-fashioned stories with a lot of atmosphere and some interesting concepts for the time.
Vintage adverts in the back was a nice touch.

The second issue of this great SF magazine. It contains some well-known names of very early science fiction. Overall I would advise people that this is not great literature, nor is it modern or written for an adult audience. The stories here are fairly simple in plot and character, focusing inste...more

Another good one. I think the Beetle Horde (that is concluded in this issue) would make a great big budget summer blockbuster movie.

Old Crompton's Secret by Harl Vincent 4/5
Spawn of the Stars by Charles W. Diffin 4/5
The Corpse on the Grating by Hugh B. Cave 3/5
Creatures of the Light by Sophie Wenzel Ellis 3.5/5
Into Space by S.P. Meek 3/5
The Beetle Horde (novella) by Victor Rousseau 5/5
Mad Music by Anthony Pelcher 3/5