The Universe Maker

The Universe Maker

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

In this story of three conflicting cultures, a Korean war veteran is suddenly whisked 400 years into the future to be executed for an accidental murder. Morton Cargill is about to die for a crime he commited 400 yrs. ago. Lieutenant Morton cargill was brought from the past to be punished for his crime, an accidental murder that took place centuries before. Now he is in a world ruled by the shadows, an evil people who can pass through solid walls & remain untouched by weapons. But the Shadows are being threatened by the Planiacs, a celestial race that lives high above the earth & to whom the preservation of Cargill's life means their own existence. Now Cargill is hunted by one race, held captive by the other, caught in a deadly clash of minds & machines--in a terrifying world where he doesn't know the rules!
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Discord in Scarlet

Discord in Scarlet

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Discord in Scarlet - perhaps better known as chapters 13 to 21 of Voyage of the Space Beagle - was the cover story of the December, 1939, issue of Astounding magazine and the second-ever published SF story by  A. E. van Vogt - the first being Black Destroyer (chapters 1 - 6 from Voyage of the Space Beagle) from the July, 1939 of Astounding.The Space Beagle comes across IXTL, a scarlet being floating in deep space. It is a vicious survivor of a race that ruled a previous universe before the Big Bang, the creation of our own universe. IXTL boards the ship, and being obsessed with its own reproduction, kidnaps several crew members in order to implant parasitic eggs in their stomachs. It is eventually tricked into leaving the ship, after the crew has left the ship temporarily, leaving no prey left for its offspring to feed upon.The story is thought by a few to be the original inspiration behind the film Alien, although the studio and those involved with the film denied any influence on its part. However, when Van Vogt initiated a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox for plagiarism the studio eventually settled out of court!
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Slan

Slan

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Recommended by Paul Cook as one of the most important SF novels. Jommy Cross is a slan, a genetically bred superhuman whose race was created to aid humanity but is now despised by "normal" humans. Slans are usually shot on sight, but that doesn't stop Jommy's mother from bringing him to see the world capital of Centropolis, the seat of power for Earth's dictator, Kier Gray. But on their latest trip to Centropolis, the two slans are discovered, and Jommy's mother is killed. Jommy, only 9 years old, unwittingly becomes caught up in a plot to undermine Gray, who may be more sympathetic to slans than the public suspects. The nonstop action and root-for-the-underdog plot has made Slan a science fiction favorite.
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The World of Null-A

The World of Null-A

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The classic novel of non-Aristotelian logic and the coming race of supermenGrandmaster A. E. van Vogt was one of the giants of the 1940s, the Golden Age of classic SF. Of his masterpieces, The World of Null-A is his most famous and most influential. It was the first major trade SF hardcover ever, in 1949, and has been in print in various editions ever since. The entire careers of Philip K. Dick, Keith Laumer, Alfred Bester, Charles Harness, and Philip Jose Farmer were created or influenced by The World of Null-A, and so it is required reading for anyone who wishes to know the canon of SF classics.It is the year 2650 and Earth has become a world of non-Aristotelianism, or Null-A. This is the story of Gilbert Gosseyn, who lives in that future world where the Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains, sets the course of people's lives. Gosseyn isn't even sure of his own identity, but realizes he has some remarkable abilities and sets out to use them to discover who has made him a pawn in an interstellar plot.Review"A. E. Van Vogt's early stories broke like claps of thunder through the science fiction field. Such novels as Slan, The Weapon Shops of Isher, and The World of Null-A, all were written with invention, dramatic impact, and a sense of breathless wonder that won him instant popularity" -- Jack Williamson"After more than half a century I can still recall the impact of his early stories". --Arthur C. Clarke"Interplanetary skullduggery in the year 2650. Gilbert Gosseyn has a pretty startling time of it before he gets to the root of things. Fine for addicts of science-fiction" --The New Yorker"One of those once-in-a-decade classics" --John W. Campbell"A. E. van Vogt was one of the first genre writers ever to publish an actual science fiction book, at a time when science fiction as a commercial publishing category did not yet exist, and almost all SF writers--even later giants such as Robert A. Heinlein--were able to publish novels only as serials in science fiction magazines. It's indicative of the prestige and popularity that van Vogt could claim at the time that he was one of the first authors to whom publishers would turn when taking the first tentative steps toward establishing science fiction as a viable publishing category. . . . Nobody, possibly with the exception of the Bester of The Stars My Destination, ever claim close to matching van Vogt for headlong, breakneck pacing, or for the electric, crackling paranoid tension with which he was capable of suffusing his work." --Gardner DozoisAbout the AuthorA. E. Van Vogt was a SFWA Grand Master. He was born in Canada and moved to the U.S. in 1944, by which time he was well-established as one of John W. Campbell's stable of writers for Astounding Science-Fiction. He lived in Los Angeles, California and died in 2000.
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Children of Tomorrow

Children of Tomorrow

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Welcome home, Space Commander Lane. We know you've had a difficult time this past year evading those enigmatic, hostile aliens you encountered out there in the unmapped spaces between the stars. But you've also been gone a total of ten years, and things have changed back here on Earth. Take Spaceport now - it's a special city with peculiar problems all its own. So we kids had to organize and take care of each other - because our dads are men just like you. our dads have been gone too long too, and they'll be just as surprised as you when they return. You see, we have the power now.**
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The Voyage of the Space Beagle

The Voyage of the Space Beagle

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

One of the great original classics of modern SF returns! An all-time classic space saga, The Voyage of the Space Beagle is one of the pinnacles of Golden Age SF, an influence on generations of stories. An episodic novel filled with surprises and provocative ideas, this is the story of a great exploration ship sent out into the unknown reaches of space on a long mission of discovery. They encounter several terrifying alien species, including the Ix, who lay their eggs in human bodies, which then devour the humans from within when they hatch. This is one of the most entertaining and gripping stories in all of classic SF. The first third of this novel, “Black Destroyer,” appeared in the July 1939 ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION as Van Vogt’s first science fiction story. It was the basis of the Sigourney Weaver film, Alien . Alfred Elton van Vogt (1912–2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author who was one of the most prolific, yet complex, writers of the mid-twentieth century “Golden Age” of the genre. Many fans of that era would have named van Vogt, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov as the three greatest science fiction writers. * * * The Voyage of the Space Beagle, as the immense rocket leaps from galaxy to galaxy, vertiginously hurtling ever deeper into space, is one of the most enthralling ‘outward bound’ stories ever written. On some planets they find traces of long vanished alien civilisations. On other worlds the aliens have by no means vanished!And one terrifying race they come upon needs no planet: it exists and lives after its fashion in space itself.But the final aliens that van Vogt brilliantly and disturbingly conjures up are discovered in the rocket — Man himself. The Voyage of the Space Beagle is an SF classic. Back cover: INTERGALACTIC QUEST Into the awesome depths of intergalactic space hurtled the Space Beagle, travelling on Man’s most ambitious expedition to the far reaches of the universe. From galaxy to galaxy, the crew explored the remains of past races and civilizations on desolate planets and found weird life forms floating in space itself. But the explorers not only had to contend with danger from the outside: within their own ship they carried one of the deadliest menaces in all creation… A. E. van Vogt is one of the foremost masters of adventurous science fiction. The Voyage of the Space Beagle is one of his all-time classic space sagas, an action-packed narrative that carries the reader out among far stars into new dimensions of SF excitement.
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The Empire of Isher

The Empire of Isher

A. E. van Vogt

Science Fiction & Fantasy

2005 Winner of the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Libertarian Science FictionThe Isher/Weapon Shops novels are one of the very few examples of Golden Age science fiction that explicitly discusses the right to keep and bear arms, specifically guns. Indeed, the motto of the Weapon Shops, repeated several times, isTHE RIGHT TO BUY WEAPONS IS THERIGHT TO BE FREEVan Vogt's guns have virtually magical properties, and can only be used in self-defense.  The political philosophy of the Weapon Shops is minimalist. They will not interfere with the corrupt imperial monarchy of the Isher government, on the grounds that men always have a government of the type they deserve: no government, however bad, exists without at least the tacit consent of the governed. The mission of the Weapon Shops therefore is merely to offer single individuals the right to protect themselves with a firearm, or, in cases of fraud, access to a "Robin Hood" alternative court system that judges and awards compensation from large, imperial merchant combines to cheated individuals. Because the population has access to this alternative system of justice, the Isher government cannot take the final step toward totalitarianism.In F. Paul Wilson's popular Repairman Jack series of novels, the titular hero's weapon shop of choice is "Isher Sporting Goods". The secret basement of Isher Sporting Goods, where the weapons are stored, features a neon sign over the stairs that reads, [i]"The right to own weapons is the right to be free".[/i]--WikipediaIncluded in this omnibus volume are:A. E. van Vogt - Empire of Isher 01 - The Weapon Shops of IsherThe novel is a fix-up created from three previously published short stories about the Weapon Shops and Isher civilization:"The Seesaw" (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July 1941)"The Weapon Shop" (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 1942)"The Weapon Shops of Isher" (Wonder Stories, February 1949)and A. E. van Vogt - Empire of Isher 02 - The Weapon Makers
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