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A. E. Van Vogt




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"All the Loving Androids"
© More Than Superhuman, 1971
--/ cool sf novella

"Automaton"
© Other Worlds, Sep 1950
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Asylum"
(William Leigh series)
© Astounding, May 1942
Away and Beyond, 1952
The Proxy Intelligence, 1968
Supermind, 1977
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Away & Beyond" (coll)
© Pellegrini Cudahy / Berkley, 1952
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

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"Bankruptcy Proceedings"
(with E. Mayne Hull)
(Planets For Sale)
© Astounding, Aug 1946
Planets For Sale, 1954
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

Good quality novella, average interstellar intrigue, just a "filler", I suppose, but enjoyable. Part of larger series, so may be pointless to read on its own. Written with Van Vogt wife - Edna Mayne Hull. I like the name Edna.
review: 28-Jul-06 (read in 1992)

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"The Barbarian"
(Clane / Empire of the Atom series)
© Astounding, Dec 1947
Empire of the Atom, 1957
The Book of A.E.Van Vogt, 1972
--/ cool sf novella

Different in mood from the rest of "Empire of the Atom" bunch, this one broadens the interplanetary intrigue and gives more sense of scale and wonder. The barbaric tribes (devolving after earthlings abandoned its outer planet colonies) still use high-tech machinery and space travel, which gives an amusing and at times paradoxical atmosphere to this story. Very popular "retrograde technology evolution" idea has been widely used in the other pulps (try Alfred Coppel's "Rebel of Valkyr" where the barbarians ply the insterstellar lanes inside highly sophisticated spaceships - relics of the Empire). Pure "Planet Stories" material
review: 27-Jul-06 (read in 1990)

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"The Battle Of Forever" (nv)
© 1971, DAW Books
--/ cool sf novel

"Black Destroyer"
(Space Beagle)
© Astounding, Jul 1939
The Voyage of the Space Beagle, 1950
--short fiction : 1971 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /7 (tie)
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /39

--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Cataaa"
© Fantasy Book # 1, 1947
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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"Child of the Gods"
(Empire of the Atom / Clane series)
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1946
Empire of the Atom, 1957
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story

A story of post-nuclear Moses who may (or may not) bring about the deliverance from Pharaoh-like Emperors and stuck-up Temple of the Atom priests. A mutant child is born and escapes killing at birth, destined to be brought up among Machiavellian intrigues.
review: 27-Jul-06 (read in 1990)

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"The Chronicler" (nv)
(also as "Siege of the Unseen")
© Astounding, Oct 1946
Siege Of The Unseen, 1956
M 33 in Andromeda, 1971
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Competition"
(with E. Mayne Hull)
(Planets For Sale)
© Astounding, Jun 1943
Planets For Sale, 1954
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Concealment"
(Dellian Robots series)
© Astounding, Sep 1943
The Mixed Men, 1952
Monsters, 1965
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Confession"
© The Book of A.E.Van Vogt, 1972
--/ cool sf story

"The Contract"
(with E. Mayne Hull)
(Planets For Sale)
© Astounding, Mar 1944
Planets For Sale, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Co-Operate-or Else!"
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
© Astounding, Apr 1942
The War Against the Rull, 1959
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award




"Cosmic Encounter" (nv)
© 1980, Doubleday Books
--/ cool sf novel

"Death Talk"
© Pulsar # 1, 1978
--/ cool sf story

"The Debt"
(with E. Mayne Hull)
(Planets For Sale)
© Astounding, Dec 1943
Planets For Sale, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Discord In Scarlet"
(Space Beagle)
© Astounding, Dec 1939
Voyage of the Space Beagle, 1950
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award


"Dormant"
© Startling Stories, Nov 1948
Destination: Universe! 1952
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Earth Killers"
© Super Science Stories, Apr 1949
The Twisted Men, 1964
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Earth's Last Fortress" (nv)
(also as "Masters of Time")
(exp. as "Recruiting Station")
© Astounding Stories, Mar 1942
novel: Gnome Press, 1950
Ace Double Edition, 1960
--/ fourth place time sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale
--/ shock value

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"Empire of the Atom" (coll)
(Clane / Empire of the Atom series)
© 1950, Shasta Books
--/ cool apocalyptic sf collection

The Year of the Bomb gave science fiction many jitters, premonitions, "i-have-a-bad-feeling-about-this" apocalyptic (and sometimes rather apoplectic) books, and this collection is one of the more respectable of the bunch. First, it appeared entirely in "Astounding" and soon got reprinted in hardcover (a rare honor in those years), written by Van Vogt in his most productive period, and contains most (if not all) concerns and ideas associated with the newly-found destructive power of the atom. That said, it is one of the most bland and boring efforts of Van Vogt. I found it mostly predictable and unexciting, although it is still very readable due to patented Van Vogt's technique of "surprise or plot twist in every third paragraph", albeit in a very conventional setting. A mutant child escapes being killed at birth and grows up to be a scheming leader and defender of Earth against alien barbarians. One interesting note: the book describes the Temple of the Atom in the new post-apocalyptic Empire, and the order of "nuclear-science" priests. This obviously pleased John Campbell (editor of "Astounding") as a "scientology" supporter.
review: 27-Jul-06 (read in 1990)

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"Enchanted Village"
(also as "The Sands of Mars")
© Other Worlds, Jul 1950
Destination: Universe! 1952
Monsters, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award


"Enemy of the Silkie"
(Silkies)
© IF, Oct 1967
The Silkie, 1969
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Enter The Professor"
(with E. Mayne Hull)
(Planets For Sale)
© Astounding, Jan 1945
Planets For Sale, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Ersatz Eternal"
©The Book of A.E.Van Vogt, 1972
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Expendables"
(Rogue Ship)
© IF, Sep 1963
Rogue Ship, 1965
M 33 in Andromeda, 1971
The Worlds of A.E. van Vogt, 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Far Centaurus"
© Astounding, Jan 1944
Destination: Universe! 1952
Quest for the Future, 1970
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


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"Film Library"
© Astounding, Jul 1946
Away and Beyond, 1952
Quest for the Future, 1970
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Films from the future find their way to the present day...Van Vogt makes quite an entertaining story out of this premise. I remember something like that happening in my life - some western films found thier way behind the Iron Curtain to awe and astonish communist country viewers; in a way they were considered to be from the future, too.
review: 13-Jul-06 (read in 1989)

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"The First Martian"
(aslo as "This Joe")
© 1939, original
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Fulfillment"
© New Tales of Space and Time, 1951
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Great Engine"
(Pendrake / Beast series)
© Astounding, Jul 1943
Away and Beyond, 1952
The Beast, 1963
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Great Judge"
© Fantasy Book # 3, 1948
Away and Beyond, 1952
--/ cool sf story

"The Green Forest"
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
(Yved series)
 © Astounding, Jun 1949
The War Against the Rull, 1959
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Gryb"
(also as "Repetition")
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
© Astounding, Apr 1940
The War Against the Rull, 1959
The Gryb, Zebra 1976
Proxy Intelligence and Other Mind Benders, 1971
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


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"Hand of the Gods"
(Empire of the Atom / Clane series)
© Astounding Stories, Dec 1946
Empire of the Atom, 1957
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story

A story of post-nuclear Moses who may (or may not) bring about the deliverance from Pharaoh-like Emperors and stuck-up Temple of the Atom priests. A mutant child is born and escapes killing at birth, destined to be brought up among Machiavellian intrigues.
review: 27-Jul-06 (read in 1990)

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"The Harmonizer"
© Astounding, Nov 1944
Away and Beyond, 1952

"Heir Apparent"
(also as "Heir Unapparent")
© Astounding, Jun 1945
Away and Beyond, 1952
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Him"
© Spaceway SF, Jan 1969
More Than Superhuman, 1971
--/ cool sf story

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"Home of the Gods"
(Empire of the Atom / Clane series)
© Astounding Stories, Apr 1947
Empire of the Atom, 1957
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story

A story of post-nuclear Moses who may (or may not) bring about the deliverance from Pharaoh-like Emperors and stuck-up Temple of the Atom priests. A mutant child is born and escapes killing at birth, destined to be brought up among Machiavellian intrigues.
review: 27-Jul-06 (read in 1990)

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"Humans, Go Home!"
© Galaxy, Dec 1969
More Than Superhuman, 1971
The Gryb, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Itself!"
© Scientific American, Jan 1963
Gamma #1, 1963
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Laugh, Clone, Laugh!"
(with Forest J. Ackerman)
© SF Worlds Of F. J. Ackerman, 1969
More Than Superhuman, 1971

"Lost: Fifty Suns" (nv)
(Dellian Robots / Mixed Men series)
© 1952, The Mixed Men
The Book of A.E.Van Vogt, 1972
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"M 33 In Andromeda"
(Space Beagle)
© Astounding, Aug 1943
Voyage of the Space Beagle, 1950
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"The Man With the Thousand Names" (nv)
© 1974, DAW Books

"Masters of Time" (nv)
(also as "Recruiting Station")
(exp. as "Earth's Last Fortress")
© Astounding Stories, Mar 1942
novel: Gnome Press, 1950
Ace Double Edition, 1960
--/ fourth place time sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale
--/ shock value

"The Mind Cage" (nv)
© 1957, Simon & Schuster
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Mission To Space" (coll)
(also as "Voyage Of The Space Biggle")
© 1951, Pocket Books
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Monster"
(also as "Resurrection")
© Astounding, Aug 1948
Destination: Universe! 1952
Monsters, 1965
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"More Than Superhuman" (coll)
© 1971, Dell Books
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Not Only Dead Men"
© Astounding, Nov 1942
Monsters, 1965
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Not the First"
© Astounding, Apr 1941
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Pawns Of Null-A" (nv)
(also as "The Players Of Null-A")
(Null-A # 3)
© Astounding, 1948
as "Players Of A"
book: Ace Books, 1956
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Planets For Sale" (coll)
(with E. Mayne Hull)
© 1954, Frederik Fell
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Players Of Null-A" (nv)
(also as "The Pawns Of Null-A")
(Null-A # 3)
© Astounding, 1948
as "Players Of A"
book: Ace Books, 1956
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"The Problem Professor"
(also as "Project - Spaceship")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1949
Proxy Intelligence and Other Mind Benders, 1971
The Gryb, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Process"
© F&SF, Dec 1950
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Project - Spaceship"
(aslo as "The Problem Professor")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1949
Proxy Intelligence and Other Mind Benders, 1971
The Gryb, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Purpose"
© Astounding, May 1945
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Rat and the Snake"
© Witchcraft & Sorcery, Jan 1971
The Book of A.E.Van Vogt, 1972
--/ cool sf story

"Recruiting Station" (nv)
(also as "Masters of Time")
(exp. as "Earth's Last Fortress")
© Astounding Stories, Mar 1942
novel: Gnome Press, 1950
Ace Double Edition, 1960
--/ fourth place time sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale
--/ shock value

"The Reflected Men"
© Galaxy, Feb 1971
More Than Superhuman, 1971
--/ cool sf story

"Repetition"
(also as "The Gryb")
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
© Astounding, Apr 1940
The War Against the Rull, 1959
The Gryb, Zebra 1976
Proxy Intelligence and Other Mind Benders, 1971
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Replicators"
© IF, Feb 1965
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Research Alpha"
(with James Schmitz)
© IF, Jul 1965
More Than Superhuman, 1971
--/ cool sf story

"Resurrection"
(also as "The Monster")
© Astounding, Aug 1948
Destination: Universe!, 1952
Monsters, 1965
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Rull"
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
© Astounding, May 1948
The War Against the Rull, 1959
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Sands of Mars"
(also as "Enchanted Village")
© Other Worlds, Jul 1950
Destination: Universe!, 1952
Monsters, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award


"The Search"
(Quest For The Future series)
© Astounding, Jan 1943
Destination: Universe! 1952
Quest For The Future, 1970
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Second Solution"
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
© Astounding, Oct 1942
The War Against the Rull, 1959
Away and Beyond, 1952
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Secret Unattainable"
© Astounding, Jul 1942
Away and Beyond, 1952
--/ cool sf story

"The SeeSaw"
(Weapon Shops of Isher)
© Astounding, Jul 1941
The Weapon Shops of Isher, 1951
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Shadow Men" (nv)
(also as "The Universe Maker")
(The Tweeners)
© 1949, Startling Stories
book: 1962, Ace Books
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Ship of Darkness"
© Fantasy Book # 2, 1948
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Siege of the Unseen" (nv)
(also as "The Chronicler")
© Astounding, Oct 1946
M 33 in Andromeda, 1971
book: Ace Double, 1956
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Silkie" (coll)
© 1969, Avon Books
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Silkie"
(Silkies)
© IF, Jul 1964
The Silkie, 1969
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Silkies in Space"
(Silkies)
© IF, May 1966
The Silkie, 1969
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Slan" (nv)
© Astounding, Sep 1940
book : Arkham House, 1947
--1949 Arkham Survey /4 (tie)
--book : 1952 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /2
--book : 1956 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /5
--book : 1966 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /3

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


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"A Son Is Born"
(Empire of the Atom / Clane series)
© Astounding Stories, May 1946
Empire of the Atom, 1957
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story

A story of post-nuclear Moses who may (or may not) bring about the deliverance from Pharaoh-like Emperors and stuck-up Temple of the Atom priests. A mutant child is born and escapes killing at birth, destined to be brought up among Machiavellian intrigues.
review: 27-Jul-06 (read in 1990)

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"The Sound"
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
(Yved series)
© Astounding, Feb 1950
The War Against the Rull, 1959
Destination: Universe!, 1952
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Sound of Wild Laughter"
© 1972, The Book of A.E.Van Vogt

"The Storm"
(The Mixed Men series)
© Astounding, Oct 1943
The Mixed Men, 1952
The Worlds of A.E.VanVogt, 1974
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"This Joe"
(aslo as "The First Martian")
© 1939, original
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Timed Clock"
© 1972, The Book of A.E.Van Vogt
--/ cool sf story

"20,000 A.D. Illustrations From The Golden Age
of Science Fiction Pulps" (nf)
© 1975, Souvenir Press

"The Ultra Man"
© Worlds of Tomorrow, May 1966
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E.Van Vogt, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Universe Maker" (nv)
(also as "The Shadow Men")
(The Tweeners)
© 1949, Startling Stories
book: 1962, Ace Books
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Vault of the Beast"
© Astounding, Aug 1940
Away and Beyond, 1952
Monsters, 1965
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Voyage Of The Space Biggle" (coll)
(also as "Mission To Space")
© 1951, Pocket Books
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The War Against the Rull" (coll)
(Rulls / Ezwal series)
© 1959, Simon & Schuster / Avon
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"War Of Nerves"
(Space Beagle)
© Other Worlds, May 1950
Voyage of the Space Beagle, 1950
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Weapon Shop"
(Weapon Shops of Isher)
© Astounding, Dec 1942
The Weapon Shops of Isher, 1951
M 33 in Andromeda, 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Wizard of Linn" (nv)
© 1950, Astounding Stories
novel : Shasta Books, 1950
--/ cool sf novel

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Harlan Ellison Review

"The Abnormals"
"...editors slapped the most outrageous titles on his stories..."

James White Review

"All Judgement Fled"
"...the tension is palpable, soon to grow almost unbearable..."

Grand Adventure Strikes Again

Space Opera Article, by Avi Abrams
Based on Arthur Clarke's "Against the Fall of Night"

William Gibson Review

"Burning Chrome"
"...sheer pyrotechnics and exuberance of style..."

Ace Double: Murray Leinster

"The Pirates of Ersatz /The Mutant Weapon"
"...the characters might as well be cats or hamsters..."

Astounding Stories, May 1935

Pulp SF Magazine Review
with many original illustrations

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EXPLANATION OF THE RATING SYSTEM:

"SF&F Reading Experience" is part of "Dark Roasted Blend / Thrilling Wonder" family of sites. We try to highlight the most entertaining and rewarding science fiction and fantasy, with emphasis on memorable reader experience, not necessarily general acceptance by the critics. Have fun, and delve into our extensive ratings and reviews!

Most reviews are written by Avi Abrams, unless otherwise noted. Reviews also appear on our unique historical retrospective page Wonder Timeline of Science Fiction. Feel free to submit your own review, if a particular story is not listed here.


All major OFFICIAL AWARDS are highlighted in BLUE
("winner" has a letter "W" by it, otherwise it is a runner-up only)

Our PERSONAL AWARDS (ratings) are highlighted in RED and PURPLE:
--/ first place :
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--/ cool : (equal to fifth place)
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These awards are given in the following categories:
- novel :
- series :
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Also, there are our personal STYLE / GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS. These reflect the story's content and the lasting impression on the reader:

--/ wonder award
sense-of-wonder, "visual intensity" and inventiveness

--/ idea award
originality of idea / concept

--/ adventure award
exhilarating plot, excitement / action

--/ style award
outstanding literary qualities, inimitable style

--/ romance award
intense and beautiful love / relationships

--/ humour award
funny and cool

--/ emotion award
touching, lasting impression, sensitivity

--/ shock value
altogether wild

--/ awesome scale
mind-boggling; further enhances sense-of-wonder

--/ rare find
very hard to locate, mostly from old pulps, never reprinted, etc.

Again, please feel free to leave your own review or comment under every writer's entry; also recommend us other stories you liked.