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The Book of Van Vogt

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Also published as Lost: Fifty Suns.

It contains the following stories:

The Timed Clock (1972)
The Confession (1972)
The Rat and the Snake (1971)
The Barbarian (1947)
Ersatz Eternal (1972)
The Sound of Wild Laughter (1972)
Lost: Fifty Suns (1952)
Mass Market Paperback, #UQ1004, 191 pages
Published April 1st 1972 by DAW
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Jun 06, 2011 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: science fiction fans, pulp science fiction fans, not feminists
I picked this up from the bookstore where I work for ten whole cents, because I figured such an investment couldn't go wrong. I was right. This turned out to be a remarkable, if not altogether amazing, book, with a few notable exceptions. I will review each story on its own, and the star rating will be the average of those.

The Timed Clock ****
As a starting tale, this was perfect. It took a common sci-fi trope (a time traveler becomes his own ancestor), and then turned it on its head AND provided...more
The Timed Clock was perhaps the most accomplished of the less than stellar stories in this collection. Unlike some of the other stories collected it felt complete and fully fleshed out. An amusing read.

Lost; Fifty Suns is one of those science fiction stories from the golden age of scifi that has a great premise but fails to really create a complete world for it. I'm struck at how much I enjoyed filling in some of the possibilities opened by the story, and can only wish that perhaps it will yet...more
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Alfred Elton van Vogt was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded by some as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century—the "Golden Age" of the genre.

van Vogt was born to Russian Mennonite family. Until he was four years old, van Vogt and his family spoke only a dialect of Low German in the home.

He began his writing career with 'true story' ro...more
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