John W. Campbell

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John Wood Campbell, Jr. (8 June 191011 July 1971) was an influential American science fiction editor and writer, known for his challenges to writers.

Quotes[edit]

  • History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club.
    • Statement in Analog Science Fiction/Fact magazine (1965)
  • Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.
    • Editorial in Analog Science Fiction/Fact magazine (1970)

About Campbell[edit]

  • Of course, I never wrote the "important" story, the sequel about the first amplified human. Once I tried something similar. John Campbell's letter of rejection began: "Sorry — you can't write this story. Neither can anyone else."
  • In the so-called Golden Age of American science fiction, when the late John W. Campbell, editor extraordinary, gathered around him in a handful of months the greatest stable of science fiction talent ever seen, he would throw out challenges to his writers, like: "Write me a story about a man who will die in twenty-four hours unless he can answer this question: 'How do you know you’re sane?'"; and this one — surely one of the most provocative of all: "Write me a story about a creature that thinks as well as a man, but not like a man."

External links[edit]

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