of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing that appeared in the magazines edited by John W. Campbell, esp. in featuring heroic characters in technologically advanced scenarios
A story which followed Campbellian formula by taking space travel for granted and starting from there.
in Fantasy Annual 1948 6
It is a matter of solid scientific, Campbellian fact that a combination of high temperature and high humidity reduces the physical capacity of any individual; particularly his capacity for enjoyment. And if we don’t go to Conventions to enjoy them, why not save our money and swelter at home?
Fandora’s Box in Imagination Feb. 93/2
1979 Letter in Science Fiction Review Nov. 33/1
Modern (Campbellian) SF was written at a time when technology was thought to be able to do anything.
SF descended from Campbellian ‘modern’ SF—which is, still, what U.S. SF is in large part—could use practitioners well acquainted with descriptive-fiction techniques and technical standards.
Books in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July 29/1
As a way to begin a discussion of hard SF, it is surely useful to examine when and how the term emerged…. Gregory Benford recalled a conversation with Poul Anderson in the early 1960s when they employed the phrase “Campbellian science fiction.”
Critical History of Hard SF in Science Fiction Studies July 157
There was a sort of vague polemical point in the back of my mind here, to show that a significant impact can be made upon a society by someone even if they are not particularly competent and Heinleinian and Campbellian. A non-super-man. I suppose you could contrast this with my first story, ‘The Empty Man,’ where the character is a Campbellian superhero.
in M. Swanwick Being Gardner Dozois 76
What he does very well…is to suggest the importance of ‘Golden Age’ sf to its readers, why Campbellian sf appealed to them, and that we need to think of modern sf as a very different beast before we start arguing over histories.
Review in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (vol. 30, no. 3) 462
in Fantasy Annual
Research HistoryMalcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from a letter in Science Fiction Review.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2001 cite from Gardner Dozois.
Jeff also has a cite for the form "neo-Campbellian" from IASFM, Mid-Dec 1991, 165/2; and a cite from Locus, Apr 2003 51/2.
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