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Blowups Happen. 1940 Blowups Happen
by Robert A. Heinlein
published in:
Astounding Science-Fiction
Edited by John W. Campbell
September 1940 - Vol.XXVI, No.1
Street & Smith Publications
New York
Cover illustration by Hubert Rogers
164 pages
Price: $0.20

Blowups Happen, a Future History novelette by Robert A. Heinlein, can be found on pages 51-85.

The text includes illustrations by Charles Schneeman on pages 51, 58 and 71.

This is the original version of the story. A revised and updated version was produced for The Best of Science Fiction (1946) and was also used for all later collections except Expanded Universe (1980) which used the original version.

Reprinted in:

  • The Best of Science Fiction (1946, edited by Groff Conklin)
  • The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950)
  • The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein (1966)
  • A Robert Heinlein Omnibus (1966)
  • The Past Through Tomorrow (1967)
  • Expanded Universe (1980) [Original version]
  • Life Line (1993)
  • The Future History of Robert Heinlein: Volume I (2010)
Introductory Blurb
Control was impossible - except on theory. And that drove men mad, and madmen invited an explosion that would wreck the planet!

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