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Who Goes There?
Who Goes There? | John Campbell
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A distant, remote scientific expedition taking place at the North Pole is invaded by a space alien who has reawakened after lying dormant for centuries after a crash landing. A cunning, intelligent alien who can shape-shift, thereby assuming the personality and form of anything and anyone it destroys. Soon, it is among the men of the expedition, killing each in turn and replacing them by assuming their shape, lulling the scientists one by one into inattention (and trust) and eventually, their destruction. The shape-shifting, transformed alien can pass every effort at detection, and the expedition seems doomed until the scientists discover the secret vulnerability of the alien and are able to destroy it. ccording to science fiction historian Sam Moskowitz (1920-1997), Who Goes There? had a autobiographical impetus: Campbell’s mother and aunt were identical twins and enjoyed teasing him in a game of substituting one for the other while in his care when they were infants and young children, thereby confusing him again and again with false (switched) identities. Moskowitz theorized that it was this game which lead to uncertainty of identity and clever masquerade which lead to feelings of helplessness and terror that Campbell funneled into what would be his greatest novel. This word is regarded as one of the greatest horror stories to emerge in the field of science fiction writing. It was also the basis for one of the great early science fiction films and its remake decades later.
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SpaceCowboyBooks
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Giving a talk on the history of Pulp Fiction last night at Bijou Cinema before the screening of The Thing From Another World. #sciencefiction #pulpfiction #scifi #history

rretzler Love the story! One of my favorites. The film with Kurt Russell wasn‘t bad either. 1mo
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SpaceCowboyBooks
Who Goes There? | John Campbell
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I'll be giving a talk on Pulp Fiction before this screening of The Thing From Another World. #sciencefiction #pulpfiction #movienight #scifi

Geeklet I love the movies based on that story so much. There‘s supposed to be a full novel coming out soon. I kickstarted it and I hope it‘ll ship soon. 2mo
SpaceCowboyBooks @Geeklet Thanks for the tip, hadn't heard about that yet. 2mo
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HatefulGrablin
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I had to revisit this one after receiving this amazing print in my #nocturnalreadersbox. It's by Eric Nyquist and I can't wait to hang it. The Thing is one of my absolute favorite movies and the original story is also super creepy, although this may be one of the few instances where I like the movie a little bit more.

MiyakoBunny 😍🖤😍🖤😍🖤😍🖤 1y
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AlexanderSBrown
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Listened to this audiobook over the weekend as I was traveling to a book signing. Loved it. The 1980s Carpenter adaptation did this book justice. Still, there is enough of a difference between book and movie so that long time fans of the film will feel like they are experiencing this horror from a new perspective. Highly recommend, the feeling of claustrophobia and paranoia hits readers hard with this work.