Who Goes There?

John W. Campbell, Jr.
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Who Goes There? - John W Campbell Jr


Read the whole novella on a flight from Seattle to Hawaii, the opposite of the Antarctic setting for our hapless, ever-grinning scientists and geologists. I liked it, but didn't love it.

What I did like was the feeling of suspense and the dialog between the men. Once they figured out the lack of limitations, they were focused on keeping it contained. These are good men, and it added to the horror.

Infodumps, grinning, and it was easy to get lost in said dialog - who is in the room? Which guy was this? The ending arrived very quickly. It is a novella, published in 1938, so some can be forgiven. The idea here spawned three movies and countless related stories, books and films.

Juggling all the factors (and a few serums), the sum total is 3 of 5 stars. It's short - go read it.