"Tanks" by Murray Leinster (Jan. 1930 Astounding)

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    VideoChrist

    VideoChrist Science fiction fantasy

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    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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    VideoChrist

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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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    Alex The G and T

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    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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    VideoChrist

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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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