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The Incredible Planet is a science fiction fix-up novel by American author John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was published in 1949 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 3,998 copies. The novel is a collection of three linked novelettes that were not accepted for the magazine Astounding SF. The stories are sequels to Campbell's 1934 novel The Mightiest Machine.

The Incredible Planet
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorJohn W. Campbell, Jr.
Cover artistA. J. Donnell
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherFantasy Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Preceded byThe Mightiest Machine 



  • "The Incredible Planet"
  • "The Interstellar Search"
  • "The Infinite Atom"


Astounding reviewer P. Schuyler Miller found "The Incredible Planet" "a kind of bridge to the Don A. Stuart style which writer-editor Campbell [had been] developing."[1] Everett F. Bleiler thought the sequels "lack the strengths, such as they are, of The Mightiest Machine."[2]


  1. ^ "Book Reviews", Astounding, November 1950, p.94
  2. ^ Everett F. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years, Kent State University Press, 1998, p.59


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  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. pp. 236–237.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 87. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.