Invaders from the Infinite

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Invaders from the Infinite
File:Invaders from the infinite.jpg
Dust-jacket from the Gnome Press edition
Author John W. Campbell, Jr.
Cover artist W.I. Van der Poel, Jr. (Gnome Press)
Lloyd Eshbach and Ric Binkley (Fantasy Press)
Country United States
Language English
Series Arcot, Morey and Wade
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Gnome Press and Fantasy Press
Publication date
1961
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 189 pp
OCLC 1455127
Preceded by Islands of Space

Invaders from the Infinite is a science fiction novel by author John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was simultaneously published in 1961 by Gnome Press in an edition of 4,000 copies and by Fantasy Press in an edition of 100 copies. The book was originally intended to be published by Fantasy Press, but was handed over to Gnome Press when Fantasy Press folded. Lloyd Eshbach, of Fantasy Press, who was responsible for the printing of both editions, printed the extra copies for his longtime customers. The Fantasy Press edition was issued without a dust-jacket. Eshbach eventually did produce a jacket in 1990 at the urging of George Zebrowski. The novel is an expansion of stories that originally appeared in the magazine Amazing Stories Quarterly.

E. F. Bleiler described the novel as "the early John W. Campbell story par excellence: weak novelistic skills combined with very strong speculative, imaginative theoretical physics. While one may be bored with [the] interminable lectures and rendered drowsy by the repeated space battles, but one must also admire Campbell's ingenuity in creating novel artifacts".[1]

Plot introduction

The novel concerns a trio of heroes, Arcot, Morey and Wade, and their attempts to help a race of superdogs.

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1990 dust-jacket by Lloyd Eshbach and Ric Binkley for the Fantasy Press edition

Footnotes

  1. Everett F. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years, Kent State University Press, 1998, p.54-55

References

  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. pp. 240–241, 308. 
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. pp. 87–88. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.