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Astounding Science Fiction (November 1952 Issue)

ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION NOVEMBER 
1952
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Copyright, 1952, by Street & Smith Publications, Inc.


DISCUSSION

The cover painting identifies with the lead story of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION (November 1952 Issue). Often, science fiction authors exhibited amazing predictions written a score of years before the actual event. For examle, on page 9 of the story, THE LAST BLAST, appears the following description of the future (1972): "Men on the Moon were no novelty. Twenty successive landings had boiled away the world's capacity for amazement. A feat is remarkable only the first time...Twenty times became ordinary...Only a ship on Venus or Mars would bring a repeat of those wild international celebrations..." Though six Apollo missions landed a combined total of 12 men on the Moon, four more had been scheduled when it was decided for various reasons to devote the funds to other pursuits. If the four cancelled missions had been added to those that landed along with those that flew by the Moon (Apollo 8, 9, and 13), the total missions to the Moon would have been 13.


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