The September 1941 Astounding

Given how rare some of these old magazines are, and how collectors tend to hold onto them, I thought that the September 1941 issue of Astounding would be among the most difficult (and expensive) to acquire. But I managed to get a copy and it is in the mail as I write this. It was not expensive and the copy is listed as being in good condition.


The reason this particular issue is so important is that is contains two of the most famous stories in science fiction ever written: “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov, which is the lead novelette and for which the cover illustration was done; and “Adam and No Eve” by Alfred Bester. It also contains the conclusion of Heinlein’s 3-part serial “Methuselah’s Children”. I’m very excited to have managed to get my hands on this one.

I know have the first 18 consecutive issue of the Golden Age, with the next gap being January 1941. But I have some time before I need to start worrying about filling that slot.

I’m about 1/3rd of the way through the July 1939 issue and loving every minute I get to spend back in that golden age. And I’m still aiming to have Episode 1 of my vacation in the golden age posted on Monday. Stay tuned.


  1. What I found is that the more expensive and more difficult to obtain issues are the ones that happen to include something by L. Ron Hubbard, I assume because various Scientologists attempt to buy them up.

  2. That’s probably true. On average, I paid more for issues containing a Hubbard story (or an Engelhardt story, for that matter). But I was still surprised at how inexpensively I got the September ’41 Astounding.


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