My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.
In a sense, there's a great truth to that, but, also I was a great reader.
I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.
Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.
I first read science fiction in the old British Chum annual when I was about 12 years old.
I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a month because I expected my writing to pay my way.
Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result of many anxious awakenings during many nights.
The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise. Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission, it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.
In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased that a story of mine had been honored. I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers and I was impressed with him.
Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.