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The Book of Van Vogt

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  7 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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Scott Golden
Dec 16, 2014 Scott Golden rated it liked it
For Van Vogt completists only.
Story by story:
"The Timed Clock" is an interesting time-travel story, sloppily written in parts, with a framing narrative that suggests the whole thing may be an elaborate, if clever, prank. Entertaining.
"The Confession" is a better-written story of a man suffering time-slips, which ends with a tortured and confused (and rather unnecessary) science-fictional explanation for events.
"The Rat and the Snake" reads like a story treatment for an episode of The Twilight
Aaron Meyer
Feb 14, 2016 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A really good collection of short stories. The first two are time travel related stories: The Timed Clock and The Confession. The former I think being the best. The Rat and the Snake was a very short story and rather unexpected in the ending. I kind of liked it. The Barbarian depicts an invasion on Earth by people who I assume we're once from Earth. An interesting story. Ersatz Eternal was probably the least liked story in the book. The Sound of Wild Laughter was pretty good. Brain of a husband ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Dan rated it liked it
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
Robert Jenkins
Dec 08, 2015 Robert Jenkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: daw
There are seven short stories in this book - a couple of them are only a few pages. A couple of them have been published before as parts of various fix-up novels, but this was my first time reading any of these stories. I have to say I found them all to be very enjoyable. One, Erzatz Eternal, is, as others have stated, a bit too reminiscent of Mars Is Heaven by Ray Bradbury. Definitely worth reading. I haven't read anything by Van Vogt for many years but this little sampler made me want to read ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Kimberlyluisi rated it really liked it
I loved the stories about people, time travel and science. I hated the stories about space.
Dec 30, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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I only have Ersatz Eternal
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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
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