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The Secret Galactics

2.98 of 5 stars 2.98  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Reality twisted... slightly. Earth shivered. For a split second the Solar System wasn't. And then was again. Less than a billionth of a second - but a time shift had nonetheless happened.
As the shadow ship started to emerge from the time jump, men and aliens were locked in a secret, undeclared war for control of the Earth. Genetically altered, the aliens looked exactly lik
Published (first published 1974)
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Yes, it's an alien invasion story, but not like any one you've read before. In the past--perhaps recently, perhaps thousands of years ago, van Vogt is never quite specific--members of several alien races came to Earth, using advanced science to take on the forms of human males. Why? Well, conquest eventually, maybe, depending upon the race--different aliens have different views of the universe and their actions are dictated by their views; some are fairly easy going and fatalistic and others cou ...more
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Will Boncher
Horrible. It went at a crawling pace through the first 85% of the book, and at then at the end tried to turn into every aspect of a scifi book, cramming in so much you wondered what the hell happened.
Not one of his better works, but as with all van Vogt, still well-written and very entertaining.
Jun 01, 2015 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
1981 grade D+

aka Earth Factor X
Supposedly about multiple alien races attempting to invade earth, this book was really about sex and the role of women. The book makes for uncomfortable reading, with its very misogynistic views on the roles and positions of women -- mainly as sex objects and things for men to worry about. What story there was was also disjointed and difficult to read. Not recommended.
Fx Smeets
I have great fondness for Van Vogt. The World of the Null-A was my first science fiction book ever, Slans is a one of the great SF novels of all times and his short stories still account among the best. But Earth Factor X is Van Vogt at his worst : obscure, unreadable, uninteresting. If you want to rediscover the master of American Golden Age, forget this book.
Matt Carl
Strange story, focusing on gender issues from the point of view of male aliens inhabiting human bodies. The "X" factor is the fact that they are married to truly human women, and are affected by their relationships. A good start, but I have no idea what point (if any) van Vogt was trying to make.
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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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The Weapon Shops of Isher The World of Null-A Slan (Slan, #1) The Voyage of the Space Beagle The Weapon Makers

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