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Agent of Vega & Other Stories

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  572 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Volume 5 of the collected works of James H. Schmitz.

Previously appearing in separate publications, these stories of the Galaxy are now in a unitary publication. After the Galactic Empire crumbled, the Vegan Confederacy was too weak to survive, yet it prospered because of its secret weapon--telepathy. Not all of the Agents of Vega were human, but all were the most powerful
Mass Market Paperback, 567 pages
Published November 2001 by Baen
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Stephen Theaker
The first part of this book concerns the activities of special operatives of the Confederacy of Vega, a small part of the galaxy which consistently and mysteriously punches above its weight in galactic affairs.

I've read the four Agent of Vega stories over quite a long period, and I don't remember the first two all that well. I remember enjoying them, though they weren't Schmitz's best (they are from very early in his career).

The next two I'll never forget: "The Second Night of Summer", in which
Sean Brennan
A really great collection of stories from one of the unsung masters of Pulp S.F. covering a time period from the early 1940's to 1960's, the book is split into two parts, firstly the Vega stories - a galactic Civilization that involves itself(unknowingly) by the use of it's agents into the affairs of it's constituent planets, for the good of the Whole, the stories are very reminiscent of The Culture books by Iain M Banks, and one wonders if Schmitz was the original template.

The Second half of th
Mayank Agarwal
Mix bag of short stories, all have brilliant plots and innovative sci-fi premises just that James H. Schmitz tends to deviate from the main story line too often, also his fight scenes are always confusing and a bit too intelligent. The writing style varies from stories to stories as they were compilations of his storytelling from across his career, the latter ones are more polished.
The collection has one of my all-time favorite read. Had been searching for it for quite some time as I had read i
Jun 29, 2014 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction, space opera
Shelves: sf, space-opera
These are some of James H. Schmitz's early stories, written from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Several of the stories are loosely interconnected -- the "Vega" stories -- others are "stand-alones."

Schmitz had an especially strong imagination. Several of these stories involve concepts that would fit perfectly in stories written today, fifty years late. He was also unusual -- especially for his day -- in writing about strong female lead characters, even strong elderly female characters.


Previously appearing in separate publications, these stories of the Galaxy are now in a unitary publication. After the Galactic Empire crumbled, the Vegan Confederacy was too weak to survive, yet it prospered because of its secret weapon--telepathy. Not all of the Agents of Vega were human, but all were the most powerful telepaths in the Galaxy.

Space opera, Galactic journeys, spies, espionage, peace-keepers with hidden pasts and amazing hidden talents – ‘Agent of Vega’ has them all.

A riveting read, this book contains all the genres of literature one can imagine, combined together in one volume by a master of science fiction and fantasy. It takes the reader into the minds of the peace-keepers of the Federation of Vega, and it seems as though one is accompanying the protagonists throughout their travels and travails.

Filled with descripti
A surprisingly good read! I enjoyed all the short stories, especially the connected ones related to the Agents of Vega. The stories are all of a good length and most ended in a satisfactory manner. I suppose the one I didn't like would be "The End of the Line"; the twists in this one were just too sudden and neither well-explained nor well-justified. "Greenface" was pretty cliché by today's standards of monster movies but still enjoyable nonetheless. Given how long ago this was written, some of ...more
Good 1950's type space-opera fiction, very well written. James had a peculiar bent (for the times) of writing his females as sometimes the heroic protagonists, and a fine job he did of it, especially with some of the female agents in these Agent of Vega stories.

The "other stories" weren't quite as good - but palatable.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
These are older Science Fiction stories featuring Zone Agent Iliff. They are fun to read and highlight the changes in Science Fiction written in 1960 and Science Fiction written today. I found the book at a garage sale. An interesting side fact, I paid .10. In 1960 it sold for .35.
Reading it on Kindle. Clean, professional writing, plus I got it for free at! Enjoyable ideas and short stories are just the right length.
another re-read. see witches of karres.
Dec 26, 2007 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
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James Henry Schmitz (October 15, 1911–April 18, 1981) was an American writer born in Hamburg, Germany of American parents. Aside from two years at business school in Chicago, Schmitz lived in Germany until 1938, leaving before World War II broke out in Europe in 1939. During World War II, Schmitz served as an aerial photographer in the Pacific for the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, h ...more
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