Missing List 1 – Isaac Asimov

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In Volume Two of his “History of the Science Fiction Magazine”, Michael Ashley stated that the checklists of ten influential writers from the period (April 1936 – March 1946) had to be omitted for reasons of space. One such author would surely have had to be Isaac Asimov. In this period he not only published “Nightfall” but many of his Positronic Robot and Foundation stories first appeared. Anyway, here is the checklist:

1. Marooned Off Vesta……………………….s AS Mar 39
2. The Weapon Too Dreadful To Use…… s AS May 39
3. Trends………………………………………….s ASF Jul 39
4. Half-Breed…(A)…………………………..s AST Feb 40
5. Ring Around The Sun……………………s FF Mar 40
6. The Callistan Menace………………….s AST Apr 40
7. The Magnificent Possession………….s FF Jul 40
8. Homo Sol…(B)…………………………..s ASF Sep 40
9. Strange Playfellow…(C)……………..s SSS Sep 40
10. Half-Breeds On Venus…(A)………nt AST Dec 40
11. The Secret Sense…………………….s CSS Mar 41
12. History……………………………………..s SSS Mar 41
13. Heredity…………………………………….nt AST Apr 41
14. Reason…(C)……………………………..s ASF Apr 41
15. Liar!…(C)…………………………………s ASF May 41
16. Super-Neutron………………………….s AST Sep 41
17. Nightfall……………………………………nt ASF Sep 41
18. Not Final!………………………………….s ASF Oct 41
19. Christmas On Ganymede……………s SS Jan 42
20. Robot AL-76 Goes Astray (C)…….s AS Feb 42
21. Runaround…(C)…………………………s ASF Mar 42
22. Time Pussy*……………………………..s ASF Apr 42
23. Black Friar Of The Flame……………nt PS Spr 42
24. Foundation…(D)……………………….nt ASF May 42
25. Bridle and Saddle…(D)……………..nt ASF Jun 42
26. Victory Unintentional…(C)…………s SSS Aug 42
27. The Hazing…(B)…………………………s TW Oct 42
28. The Imaginary…(B)……………………..s SSS Nov 42
29. Death Sentence……………………….s ASF Nov 43
30. Catch That Rabbit…(C)…………….s ASF Feb 44
31. The Big And The Little…(D)……..sn ASF Aug 44
32. The Wedge…(D)……………………….s ASF Oct 44
33. Blind Alley…(B)…………………………s ASF Mar 45
34. Dead Hand…(D)………………………sn ASF Apr 45
35. Paradoxical Escape…(C)…………s ASF Aug 45
36. The Mule…(D)………………………….n2 ASF Nov 45

Series:
A Half-Breeds
B Homo Galacticus
C Positronic Robots
D Foundation

In addition, 18 and 26 are linked

Pseudonym: * George E. Dale

AS = Amazing Stories
ASF = Astounding Science Fiction
AST = Astonishing Stories
CSS = Cosmic Stories
FF = Future Fiction
PS = Planet Stories
SS = Startling Stories
SSS = Super Science Stories
TW = Thrilling Wonder Stories

I am using Ashley’s definitions of story types i.e.:

s = short story up to 10,000 words
nt = novelette, 10 – 20,000 words
sn = short novel, 20 – 30,000 words
n= novel, over 30,000 words

“The Mule” was a two-part serial with the first part appearing in the November 1945 issue of Astounding.

All publication information taken from “The Early Asimov” Panther edition 1974.

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