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Old 22nd March 2012, 01:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"Tanks" by Murray Leinster (Jan. 1930 Astounding)

I just bought all the 1930 Astoundings on a DVD for $10, from "uberscans." (Some issues have missing pages.) Murray Leinster has a story, "Tanks," in the first issue. According to isfdb, "Tanks" has never been reprinted. After reading the story I have to wonder why -- it's a fairly gritty, well-written, future (for its time) war story. Far weaker stories from the era have been anthologized.

For whatever peculiar reason, though, an audio reading of the story is available online:

http://www.archive.org/details/LeinsterTanks

Has anyone else read "Tanks"? What do you think of it?

--Chris DeVito
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Old 28th March 2012, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No one else has read "Tanks"? If nothing else, you can download the audio for free and listen to it. It's worth it.
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Re: "Tanks" by Murray Leinster (Jan. 1930 Astounding)

I missed this thread earlier.

For a minute, i thought that I had read "Tanks" recently. I was confusing it with The Tank Lords by David Drake; crossed with a small binge of other Leinster titles from the Baen free elibrary.

The Drake is terrible. A relentless barrage of carnage, without much actual story telling getting in the way.

Leinster's deliciously archaic. Amazon has a kindle version of Tanks, cheap. I'll have to check that out one of these days.
http://www.amazon.com/Tanks-ebook/dp/B003ZK5PNY
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Old 29th March 2012, 12:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks (maybe I should say "Tanks"...) for the heads-up about the Kindle version, I didn't know it was available. Definitely worth a dollar. (Though I wonder who's getting that dollar...Leinster's estate? Or just Amazon?)
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