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October 30, 2007

The holy trinity

srikanth @ 10:01 am, GMT +0000 ( 1193738509 ) Play

I had a bit of extra time today, so here’s a question that may require you to dig deeper than usual. Connect the three magazine covers below.

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udupendra , 2ndratequizzer , alephnull , nihit , prasanth , Tathagata Chatterjee and SidSen have some real good taste.

Answer: (1) is the cover of Astounding Science Fiction, April 1946 edition. It carried Arthur C. Clarke’s first publication, “Loophole”
(2) is the cover of Astounding Science Fiction, Aug 1939 edition. First home to Heinlein’s “Lifeline”.
(3) is the cover of Amazing Stories, March 1930 edition. One of the stories was “Marooned of Vesta” by Asimov

The connect: Clarke, Heinlein and Asimov are considered Sci-Fi’s “Big Three” authors. The connect: these three magazines carry the debut stories of the Big Three.

9 Responses to “The holy trinity”

  1. udupendra

    No digging required if you have domain knowledge.

    Debut stories of the 'Big Three' of science-fiction is the connection.

    1. 'Loophole' by Arthur C Clarke in April 1946
    2. 'Lifeline' by Robert Heinlein in August 1939
    3. 'Marooned off Vesta' by Isaac Asimov in March 1939

  2. A question close to my heart.

    This refers to Science Fictions Holy trinity – Arthur C. Clarke  (ho I think is head and shoulders above the other two), Issac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein.

    The August 1939 Issue of Astounding Science Fiction (now known as Analog Science Fiction-Fact) has Heinleins first published story – Life-line
    The April 1946 issue has Arthur C Clarkes first published story Loophole.

    and that has to be then the 1939 issue of Amazing Storues with Asimovs forst published story Marooned off Vesta.

    I could Check with the database if that is indeed the march 1939 issue of amazing stories, but I'm feeling needlessly smug.

    Good question man ! I like the science tilt of late :-)

  3. alephnull

    First publications of Clarke, Heinlen and Asimov. The title gives it away :)

  4. vaibhav008

    Series of sci-fi comics that L.Ron Hubbard (mr. scientology) wrote for.

  5. nihit

    I think life is better when you do not have time…
    The connect: The first professional sale by a member of the Holy Trinity of Science Fiction.

    Astounding Science Fiction, April 1946: Loophole by Arthur C. Clarke
    Astounding Science Fiction, August 1939: Life-line by Robert A. Heinlein
    Amazing Stories, March 1939: Marooned off Vesta by Isaac Asimov

  6. prasanth

    The three magazines had the first ever published stories of the big three Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein

  7. Tathagata Chatterjee

    Covers of magazines which contained 1st published SF stories by the "Big Three" of SF.
    (a) Astounding SF april'46 : "Loophole" by Arthur C Clarke
    (b) Astounding SF aug'39 : "Lifeline" by Robert A Heinlein
    (c) Amazing Stories march '39  : "Marooned off Vesta" by Isaac Asimov.
    Tathagata Chatterjee

  8. sidsen

    Loophole  Arthur C. Clarke (astounding science fiction april 1946); Life Line Robert A. Heinlein (astounding science fiction august 1939); Marooned on Vesta Issac Asimov (amazing stories march 1939) – First publications of the big three for which they got paid.

    Your question 'connect the three magazine covers' threw me off for quite a bit. Was trying desperately to connect the covers themselves.

  9. yaksha

    Isaac Asimov

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