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Yes, but that was quite common in fantasy from the 30's through the
50's, a combination of science fiction techniques with fantasy themes.
Fletcher Pratt, Sprague deCamp, Robert Heinlein, and James Blish all did
superb examples, as did others. I only have about 2/3 of the original
Unknowns. Wish I had em all and regret that the WWII paper shortage
killed off the magazine. I think it may be the only pulp magazine from
which every story was eventually anthologised. I think Campbell did a
better job with it than he did with Astounding/Anolog, which became a
platform for some of his more goofy ideas. He was at his best when
writing as Don A. Stuart (Stewart?). Re the Tolkien film, I was
disgusted that they left out the Bombadil scenes with their 'earth
abides' theme. Tolkien could have made Lord of the Rings a lot shorter
if he'd just had Frodo give the ring to Tom and ask him to dispose of
P.S. dinosaurs forever (so I won't be too off-topic).
Stephan Pickering wrote:
> (has anyone noticed how he vision of "fantasy"
> --reality in un-real paradigms -- parallels that of
> John W. Campbell's UNKNOWN pulp magazine?). Tolkien's
> linguistic/mythological worlds were, in a sense,
> "virtual" mythology, i.e., creating a world with a
> historical "soul", so to speak, a believability
> predicated upon possibility