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“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 Dozois
A. 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.
Well written story. So glad that I have discovered this author!Published 4 months ago by Vince Cvijanovic
I read this Hugo Award winner based upon the fact that John C. Wright and other Scifi writers were heavily influenced by it. John C. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mobiusklien
Coming back to reread this 45 years later, there are definitely wince inducing moments - esp the grotesque chauvinism and the naïf libertarianism - but still a novel of brilliant... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. Philip Malthus
This is a good SF book written many years ago. I first read it in high school back in the '70's. This book is well-written and very avante garde for the time period it was first... Read morePublished 6 months ago by GKH
I had read this as a child and didn't really understand it. Now as an adult I think I understand it and now I realize that I didn't like the ending. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary Ann Galvin
I read this story before, in my late teens, and loved it then. However, on re-reading I wasn't as impressed. It was written a long time ago, and maybe that's the problem. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SpinChin
One of my favorite all-time novels. Deals with clones, government computers, and kinds of cool ideas about the future. Only screwed up on Venus.
You gotta read this!