Stanley G. Weinbaum













Stanley Grauman Weinbaum (1902 - 1935) was an American science fiction author. His career in science fiction was short but influential. His first story, "A Martian Odyssey", was published to great (and enduring) acclaim in July 1934, but he would be dead from lung cancer within eighteen months.

He is best known for this groundbreaking science fiction short story, "A Martian Odyssey", which presented a sympathetic but decidedly non-human alien, Tweel. Even more remarkably, this was his first science fiction story.  Isaac Asimov has described "A Martian Odyssey" as "a perfect Campbellian science fiction story, before John W. Campbell. Indeed, Tweel may be the first creature in science fiction to fulfil Campbell's dictum, 'write me a creature who thinks as well as a man, or better than a man, but not like a man'." Asimov went on to describe it as one of only three stories that changed the way all subsequent ones in the science fiction genre were written. It is the oldest short story (and one of the top vote-getters) selected by the Science Fiction Writers of America for inclusion in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One, 1929-1964.


The 2008 Rediscovery Award winner was Stanley G. Weinbaum, chosen by the judging panel of Martin H. Greenberg, Barry N. Malzberg, Robert J. Sawyer, and Mike Resnick. The judges are free to choose any science fiction or fantasy writer, living or dead, whom they think deserves to be rediscovered. This award was announced at the July 2008 Readercon.

According to Cordwainer Smith biographer Alan C. Elms, "Weinbaum has certainly not been forgotten in the science fiction world -- his first-published and best-known SF story, 'A Martian Odyssey,' is still seen for good reason as the first 'modern' science fiction story. But few people have read the rest of his work, of which there is a surprising amount -- given that he died of cancer less than two years after 'A Martian Odyssey' was published. 

How could his first science fiction story 'A Martian Odyssey' catapult Stanley G. Weinbaum into such a position that he was proclaimed to be the best living science fiction writer in the world? It happened.


From Librivox:


Collected Works of Stanley G. Weinbaum


   1.  A Martian Odssey


   2.  Valley of Dreams


   3.  The World of If


   4.  The Ideal


   5.  The Point of View


   6.  Pygmalion's Spectacles



From Archive.Org:


Dawn of Flame:      In an America where civilization has collapsed, a young man named Hull Tarvish sets out to see the world -- and to fight the rising power of Joaquin Smith's empire. (This is the Prequel to The Black Flame.)

Brink of Infinity 

A mathematics professor is kidnapped by a madman with a grudge against mathematicians, who threatens dire consequences unless the prof can solve a math riddle he has concocted: by asking ten questions, the prof has to guess the mathematical expression the madman has in mind. The answer is "infinity minus infinity".


From HuffDuffer:

CBS Radio Escape:  The Adaptive Ultimate:   "The Adaptive Ultimate" is a science fiction short story about an experimental medical treatment gone awry. It was written by Stanley G. Weinbaum and first published in the November 1935 issue of Astounding magazine under the pen name John Jessel.

The story was dramatized on CBS Radio ESCAPE in 1949 and on television in the Studio One episode called "Kyra Zelas" (the name of the title character).  It aired on September 12, 1949. A film version was released in 1957 as She Devil, starring Mari Blanchard who played “Kyra Zelas”, Jack Kelly, and Albert Dekker.




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