Who Goes There?

John Cambell’s story, “Who Goes There?” appeared in the August 1938 Astounding Science Fiction, selling for 20 cents. The story credits Cambell’s nom de’ plume, Don Stuart, as the writer. An uncited reference on Wikipedia states that the novella was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the finest science fiction novellas ever written. Many Goodreads reviewersc3bfb1124455125637c232263f2ac6e3 feel otherwise, based in large part on the weakness of the dialog between characters. A fair comment.

Since its writing, Who Goes There has been translated into film three times. The first was 1951, in a version that I appear to be unable to acquire. The second is the 1982 version we will be watching this coming week. And the last appeared in 2011, telling the story of the lead up to the beginning of the ’82 version.

On Friday, January 27th, SciFlix will show the 1982 production, followed by a discussion of arctic and climate science. I hope you can join us.

Also, feel free to use the comments in this space as a discussion board if you would like to get the ball rolling on the topics mentioned above or on other topics that we won’t be covering.


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