Astounding Stories, July, 1931

Astounding Stories, July, 1931

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Astounding Stories, July, 1931, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Astounding Stories, July, 1931 Author: Various Release Date: February 3, 2010 [EBook #31168] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ASTOUNDING STORIES, JULY, 1931 *** Produced by Sankar Viswanathan, Greg Weeks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net ASTOUNDING STORIES 20¢ On Sale the First Thursday of Each Month W. M. CLAYTON, Publisher Editor HARRY BATES, Editor DR. DOUGLAS M. DOLD, Consulting The Clayton Standard on a Magazine Guarantees That the stories therein are clean, interesting, vivid, by leading writers of the day and purchased under conditions approved by the Authors' League of America; That such magazines are manufactured in Union shops by American workmen; That each newsdealer and agent is insured a fair profit; That an intelligent censorship guards their advertising pages. The other Clayton magazines are : ACE-HIGH MAGAZINE, RANCH ROMANCES, COWBOY STORIES, CLUES, FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY ALL STAR DETECTIVE STORIES, RANGELAND , LOVE STORY MAGAZINE, WESTERN ADVENTURES AND WESTERN LOVE STORIES. More than Two Million Copies Required to Supply the Monthly Demand for Clayton Magazines. VOL. VII, No. 1 CONTENTS July, 1931 COVER DESIGN THE DOOM FROM PLANET 4 H. W. WESSO JACK WILLIAMSON 5 Painted in Water-Colors from a Scene in "The Doom from Planet 4." A Ray of Fire, Green, Mysterious, Stabs Through the Night to Dan on His Ship. It Leads Him to an Island of Unearthly Peril. THE HANDS OF ATEN H. G. WINTER 20 Out of the Solid Ice Craig Hews Three Long-Frozen Egyptians and Is at Once Caught Up into Amazing Adventure. (A Complete Novelette.) THE DIAMOND THUNDERBOLT H. THOMPSON RICH 46 Locked in a Rocket and Fired into Space! Such Was the Fate which Awaited Young Stoddard at the End of the Diamond Trail! THE SLAVE SHIP FROM SPACE THE REVOLT OF THE MACHINES A. R. HOLMES NAT SCHACHNER AND ARTHUR L. ZAGAT 68 88 Three Kidnapped Earthlings Show Xantra of the Tillas How "Docile" Earth Slaves Can Be. Something in the Many-Faceted Mind of the Master Machine Spurs It to Diabolical Revolt Against the Authority of Its Human Masters. THE EXILE OF TIME RAY CUMMINGS 109 Only Near the End of the World Does Fate Catch Up with Tugh, the Cripple Who Ran Amuck Through Time. (Conclusion.) THE READERS' CORNER ALL OF US 129 A Meeting Place for Readers of Astounding Stories. Single Copies, 20 Cents In Canada, 25 Cents $2.00 Yearly Subscription, Issued monthly by The Clayton Magazines, Inc., 80 Lafayette St., New York. N. Y W. M. Clayton, President; . Francis P. Pace, Secretary. Entered as second-class matter December 7, 1929, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y under Act of March 3, 1879. Title registered as a Trade Mark in the U. S. Patent Office. Member ., Newsstand Group. For advertising rates address The Newsstand Group, Inc., 80 Lafayette Street, New York; or The Wrigley Bldg., Chicago. [5] The Doom from Planet 4 By Jack Williamson "S O S. S O S. S O S." Three short, three long, three short, the flashes winked from the dark headland. Dan McNally, master and owner of the small and ancient trading schooner, Virginia, caught the feeble flickering light from the island as he strode across the fore-deck. He stopped, stared at the looming black line of land beneath the tropical stars. Again light flashed from a point of rock far above the dim white line of phosphorescent surf, spelling out the signal of distress. [6] A ray of fire, green, mysterious, stabs through the night to Dan on his ship. It leads him to an island of unearthly peril. "Somebody bane callin' with a flashlight, I t'ank," the big Swede, Larsen, rumbled from the wheel. Dan thought suddenly of a reply. He rushed into the charthouse, to return in a moment with a lighted lantern and a copy of the Nautical Almanac which would serve to hide the flame between flashes. He flashed an answer. Again the pale light flickered from the dark mass of land, spelling words out rather slowly, as if the sender were uncertain in his knowledge of Morse. Surprised as Dan had been by the signal from an island marked on the charts as uninhabited, he was astonished at the message that now came to him. "You are in terrible danger," he read in the flashes. "Dreadful thing here. Hurry away. Radio for warships. I am—" The winking light suddenly went out. Dan strained his eyes to watch the point where it had been, and a few seconds later he saw a curious thing. A darting, stabbing lance of green fire flashed out across the barren, rocky cliff, lighting it fleetingly with pale green radiance. It leapt out and was gone in an instant, leaving the shoulder of the island dark as before. Dan watched for long minutes, but he saw nothing more brilliant than the pale gleam of phosphorescence where the waves dashed against the sheer granite wall of the island. "What you t'ank?" Larsen broke in upon him. an started, then answered slowly. "I don't know. First I thought there must be a lunatic at large. But that green light! I didn't like it." He stared again at the looming mass of the island. Davis Island is one of the innumerable tiny islets that dot the South Pacific; merely the summit of a dead volcano, projecting above the sea. Nominally claimed by Great Britain, it is marked on the charts as uninhabited. "Radio for warships, eh?" he muttered. A wireless transmitter was one of many modern innovations that the Virginia did not boast. She had been gathering copra and shell among the islands long before such things came into common use, though Dan had invested his modest savings in her only a year before. "What would anyone want with warships on Davis Island?" The name roused a vague memory. "Davis Island? " he repeated, staring in concentration at the black sea. "Of course!" It came to him suddenly. A newspaper article that he had read five years before, at about the time he had abandoned college in the middle of his junior year, to follow the call of adventure. The account had dealt with an eclipse of the sun, visible only from certain points on the Pacific. One Dr. Hunter, under the auspices of a Western university, had sailed with his instruments and assistants to Davis Island, to study the solar corona during the few precious moments when the shadow covered the sun, and to observe the displacement of certain stars