In this episode I discuss “Black Destroyer” by A.E. Van Vogt. The story first appeared in the July 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and features the first appearance of Coeurl. Many believe this story ushered in the Golden Age of Science Fiction and is a strong influence on Ridley Scott’s “Alien”. Coeurl, the main antagonist still receives a lot of exposure today thanks to role playing games such as Final Fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.
In this episode, “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell is discussed. It is the inspiration for Howard Hawks’ “The Thing From Another World” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”. It originally appeared in the August 1938 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.