It was with the July, 1939 edition of Astounding Science Fiction that the golden age of science fiction was born. Or, at least, so it is generally agreed. John Campbell took full editorial control with that issue and insisted on (comparatively) better characterization and more emphasis on, if not hard science, more plausible science. Sci fi greats Isaac Asimov and A.E. Van Vogt were published in this issue.


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