Excellent collection by a Master

  • Jul 12, 2000
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This is a group of lesser-known science fiction stories, first published between the 1940s and 1960s, by one of the all-time masters of the field. When writers like Asimov and Heinlein were hitting their stride, van Vogt was the pinnacle to which they aspired. When the first specialty book publishers were looking for material to republish after World War II, van Vogt was their first stop. In this book, the last survivor of a spaceship that crash landed on Mars finds a deserted Martian village. Natives of the Andes Mountains are able to survive in the thin atmosphere of Mars, without pressure suits, to the great resentment of those born at sea level. A human and an ezwal, a large, blue, three-eyed being with the power of telepathic communication, crash land on a jungle planet and are forced to cooperate with each other to survive. This is despite the fact that the ezwal hates humans and would just as soon tear the human into little pieces. These may not be classic, well-known stories, but they still run rings around most of what was, and is, in the science fiction section of the local chain bookstore.

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September 30, 2010
This book sounds vaguely familiar. Thanks for this review! I'll link this Van Vogt book to my science fiction group!
September 30, 2010
Well, it doesn't sound familiar to me AT ALL but it sure sounds intriguing. I'll definitely have to look for this one in our local second hand book shop. Thanks for a great review.
 
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Introduction by Harlan Ellison
Cover illustration and design by Michael Dashow


At the forefront of the Golden Age of science fiction, A.E. van Vogt shaped the direction of modern science fiction. At a time when writers such as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Eric Frank Russell, and Lester Del Rey began to hit their stride, van Bogt was the genre's most popular author. The raw emotive power of these stories defy their pulp origins and remain classics of the SF field.

The last survivor of a spaceship that crash lands on Mars finds a deserted Martian village. Natives of the Andes Mountains are able to survive in the thin atmosphere of Mars, without pressure suits, to the great resentment of those born at sea level. A human and an ezwal, a large, blue, three-eyed being with the power of telepathic communication, crash land on a jungle planet and are forced to cooperate with each other in order to stay alive. This is despite the fact that the ezwal hates humans, and would just as soon tear the human into little pieces. A creature, actually the galaxy's greatest mathematician, is held in a huge vault on Mars, made of ultimate metal, and whose time-lock is keyed to the ultimate prime number.



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ISBN-10: 1892391058
ISBN-13: 978-1892391056
Author: A. E. Van Vogt
Publisher: Tachyon Pubns

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