On handling the data (October 1959 Astounding coda; 8-27-1959)


I almost forgot to report the Analytical Laboratory numbers for this month (reader reviews covering the June 1959 issue)!  Per the lab, the breakdown was as follows:

Dorsai Part II by Gordy Dickson: 1.81
Transfusion by Chad Oliver: 2.14
Cat and Mouse by Ralph Williams: 2.35
All Day September by Roger Kuykendall: 4.10
Unborn Tomorrow by Mack Reynolds: 4.46

I would have put the Williams up above the Oliver, and while the Dickson passed the time, it was definitely #4 material for me.  I guess Astounding readers love their military science fiction.  In any event, seeing this Analytical Laboratory made me nostalgic for the halcyon days when Astounding was not awful.  Given that this Golden Age was only a couple of months ago, I’m hoping the coming months show that September was just a quick slump.

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