|Scientifiction. The end of the 1920s.|
I have a previous blog post called "Second Life".
This blog post is part of a series in which I've been looking back at some old short stories. Here, I pop into Amazing Stories at a time when Hugo Gernsback was trying to create the new literary genre that we know as science fiction. Supposedly, Asimov started reading pulp fiction magazines in 1929. What might he have thought about stories such as "The Moon Woman"? Ten years later, he published his first science fiction story in Amazing Stories.
|The dream of Professor Hicks.|
Interior artwork by Wallit.
As the story is told, Hicks plans to stop all of his bodily functions for one year, then the SA serum will wear off and his great discovery will be made known to the world. Through experiments on test animals, he has perfected a suspended animation serum and he is now ready to try it on himself. During the experimental test of the SA serum on himself, Hicks has a dream...
Rosaria confesses to being a mongrel, her mother being from the Moon, her father an Earthling. According to Rosaria, after the first rocket was sent from Earth to the Moon, aliens, including Moon people, began to openly visit Earth.
|The Man Who Awoke (1933)|
|In the Ekcolir Reality. Original|
cover art by Allen Anderson and see this.
Special thanks to Miranda Hedman (www.mirish.deviantart.com) for the DeviantArt stock photograph "Black Cat 9 - stock" that I used to create the "sedronite" who is in the composite image shown to the right.
Asimov later wrote his own "forward time travel" story (Pebble in the Sky), so I don't think he was philosophically opposed to stories that rather magically allow characters to have a 2nd life in the future. Asimov also wrote a masterpiece of time travel fiction, The End of Eternity.
Previous blog posts in this series:
"Reason" by Isaac Asimov (1941)
"Inheritance" by Arthur C. Clarke (1947)
Also, find a link here to an old (1950) Jack Vance story.
"Shock Treatment" (1952)
"A Million Years Ahead" (1937)
Next: simulating Deep Time
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