The Professor Was a Thief and Other Stories From the Golden Age – Review

Stories from the Golden Age

Stories from the Golden Age

The Professor Was a Thief, The Great Secret

and other stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction

L. Ron Hubbard

Science Fiction

2009

156 pages

About the Books:

From Amazon.com:

Boldly go to worlds where no one has gone before… Primed for promotion to the World-Journal city editor, grizzled senior reporter Pop is stunned when it’s announced that young Leonard Caulborn, the publisher’s son-in-law, will get the post. Worse, the lad wants him out. In protest, Pop demands to be given a beat again and gets his wish. . . only now he’s got just two days to find the “real” story about a dead-end assignment— a month-old physics lecture— or be fired.

When Pop starts searching for the story’s source, a professor named Pertwee, he lands in the middle of the story of a century after the Empire State Building, Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station all disappear. Apparently, Pertwee’s the mastermind behind it all. But Pop soon discovers that, instead of inventing a new way to blow things up, the professor may be doing quite the opposite. ALSO INCLUDES THE SCIENCE FICTION STORIES “BATTLE OF WIZARDS” AND “THE DANGEROUS DIMENSION”

My Review:

Besides founding a movement, L. Ron Hubbard was also one of the most prolific science fiction writers of the 1930s and 1940s.  Along with Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and many other greats, Hubbard made his living by publishing his short stories in “pulp” magazines of the time.  Recently, Galaxy Press grouped Hubbard’s short stories into books. I was sent two different books from the Stories from the Golden Age collection from Galaxy Press for review, The Professor Was a Thief, and The Great Secret.

These books were so much fun to read!! I grew up on pulps and old 1960s era science fiction, so this genre was right up my alley.  Each book consists of 3-4 stories, along with a biography of the author, a glossary of slang and technological terms of the time, plus a preview of a story from a different book in the collection.  The Stories from the Golden Age collection also includes books of Hubbard’s action and western adventures.

My favorite book of the two is The Professor Was a Thief.  This is a more lighthearted science fiction collection.  Each story has a sense of humor and a bit of a twist at the end.  The other book, The Great Secret, was more action-oriented science fiction (ala Flash Gordon), but still a fun read.  The books are short and would be a great read for a rainy afternoon.

I give The Professor Was A Thief and The Great Secret four ray guns each!!  Fans of the oldies will love these books!!

I was given complimentary copies of these books for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

You can find out more about L. Ron Hubbard’s books, as well as purchase them at Galaxy Press. Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

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