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Wayne, John. John Wayne was created by “Chan Corbett,” the pseudonym of Nat Schachner (Kerry Dale, Jed, Redmask, Nicholas Street, Sam Ward), and appeared in “Nova in Messier 33” (Astounding Stories, May 1937) and “When Time Stood Still” (Astounding Stories, June 1937).

John Wayne is a scientist and astronomer, working at the Kelton Observatory. While working he sees a nova, an “island universe,” being born at star Messier 33. The eruption of the nova strikes New York City and transports the city and its suburbs to the new universe, in which people are reduced to the size of molecules. Unfortunately, Wayne’s fiancee Betsy Middleton is one of those taken, and Wayne is forced to rescue her.

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