ROD BLAKE looked up with a deep chuckle. The sky of Mars was almost black, despite the small, brilliant sun, and the brighter stars and planets that shone visibly, Earth most brilliant of all, scarcely sixty million miles away.
"They'll have a fine time chasing us, back there, Ted." He nodded toward the brilliant planet.
Ted Penton smiled beatifically.
"They're probably investigating all our known haunts. It's their own fault if they can't find us -- outlawing research on atomic power." ...
According to The Mechanics of Wonder: The Creation of the Idea of Science Fiction (1999), by scholar Gary Westfahl:
Campbell’s stories from 1935 to 1937 demonstrate, in fact, that he was failing to become a major author even before he became the editor of Astounding Stories -- the factor usually cited to explain his decline. Eventually, Campbell was reduced to writing terrible imitations of Stanley G. Weinbaum like “The Brain Stealers of Mars” for Thrilling Wonder Stories.Considering how long I waited to read Campbell’s story, major disappointment. Too confusing. Trying to keep all the duplicate scientists straight hurt my brain!
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