Cloak of Aesir

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Cloak of Aesir
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorJohn W. Campbell, Jr.
Cover artistHubert Rogers
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherShasta Publishers
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)

Cloak of Aesir is a collection of science fiction stories by American writer John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was published in 1952 by Shasta Publishers in an edition of 5,000 copies. The stories originally appeared in the magazine Astounding SF under Campbell's pseudonym Don A. Stuart.


  • Introduction
  • "Forgetfulness"
  • "The Escape"
  • "The Machine"
  • "The Invaders"
  • "Rebellion"
  • "Out of Night"
  • "Cloak of Aesir"

Five of the seven stories were later included in the 1976 collection The Best of John W. Campbell (Ballantine/Del Rey).[1]


Writing in The New York Times, J. Francis McComas "warmly recommended" Cloak of Aesir, noting that "none of these stories follows its chosen path to an expected destination."[2] Groff Conklin characterized the collection as "somewhat overwritten, but still well done."[3] Boucher and McComas, however, praised Cloak for the stories' "amazing modernity of concept and extrapolation [and their] rarely achieved combination of original thinking and high adventure.".[4] P. Schuyler Miller praised the collection as "all top-notch idea-stories . . . laying the foundations of the more adult stuff we know today."[5]


  1. ^ "Contents Lists". Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Spacemen's Realm", The New York Times Book Review, February 8, 1953, p.24
  3. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, September 1952, p.134
  4. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, October 1952, pp.43-44
  5. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, August 1952, p.128


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