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Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING' | [John W. Campbell]

Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.
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Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

©1966 John W. Campbell (P)2009 Rocket Ride Books

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“John W. Campbell is the most powerful force in science fiction ever.” (Isaac Asimov)

"One of the finest science fiction novellas ever written." (Science Fiction Writers of America)

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    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 05-21-10
    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 05-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "An Absolute Classic!"

    The plot is quite simple: a scientific expedition isolated in Antarctica discovers a long-frozen alien ship, and a long-frozen alien corpse...

    "Who Goes There?" is one of the top science-fiction novellas ever published. Well written, carefully thought out plot, (mostly) realistic characters and setting. Although the plot revolves around alien monsters, the interplay of the human characters makes the story very real and very well-balanced.

    In addition to being a great story in itself, many of the themes and concepts have crept into many places in sci-fi and horror. The 1950's movie, "The Thing," and John Carpenter's later remake, are (loosely) based on "Who Goes There?".

    William F. Nolan's narration is good, if a little slowly-paced. He is hampered by the fact that there are about a dozen speaking characters (all men), and making them all sound distinct is rough. I think a professional narrator might have done a better job, but Nolan's narration is more than acceptable.

    The audiobook edition opens with a 6-or-7 minute introduction written by the narrator which provides background on Campbell, the story and "The Thing." Useful, but longer than needed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 01-13-11
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 01-13-11
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    "Scary arctic adventure - great narration."

    I was so glad to see this wonderful story finally available in audio. An intelligent, frightening, and engaging tale of the discovery of an E.T. frozen in the arctic. And, of course, the "thing" is neither completely dead nor very friendly ... A pioneering early SF story that has been imitated many times but is a refreshing listen in its original form, especially with a wonderful narration by Steve Cooper. Bravo, Audible, for bringing this to audio!!!

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-30-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Classic"

    This is a classic and is recommended by "Must Read 501, Sci Fi" This was written in 1938 and you should keep that in mind when reading it. I believe three movies have been made from this Novella. This is about an alien ship that lands on earth before man even exists. The ship gets buried in Antarctica. Each and every cell in the alien body is an entity in itself and can duplicate other living beings. If one cell escapes and gets into our population then it will take over the world. The whole concept of this story is just so freaking cool.

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    Bette HURLOCK, MD, United States 05-22-11
    Bette HURLOCK, MD, United States 05-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story!"

    This is a great preamble for those who have not watched The Thing or The Thing From Another World. Or those who have to give you greater insight. It's amazing how this story is so ahead of its time and how it still holds one enthralled. A great, tight little SF thriller that will hold your interest until the end. Highly recommended!

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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-13-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very nice short story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who Goes There? to be better than the print version?

    While I never read the print version, I am familiar with Carpenter's movie, The Thing, which was based on this story. The is plenty of intrigue and exploring human nature while put in extreme conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was well produced and narrated. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it has been longer with the plot more developed. It would be interesting to see how a modern accomplished science fiction writer would rework the story, not unlike Fuzzy Nation.

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