The Weapon Makers (The Empire of Isher #1)
Van Vogt wrote what I consider to be one of the best science fiction short stories I've ever read ("A Can of Paint"), so I had high expectations of this novel. Unfortunately, they weren't entirely realized.
The book offers some inspired ideas. An e ...more
Something I loved about this book is all the technology the author used to flesh out the story. Everything from matter transmitters to warp drive. From a science fiction historical perspective... Keep in mind this is 1943 whe ...more
I again thought of John C. Wright's essays... in another, he takes up the common wisdom that in the Bad Old Days SF was bereft of Strong Female Characters. Really? Is the Empress Isher to be dismi ...more
Come nelle «Cronache della Galassia» di un altro gigante della f.s., Isaac Asimov, anche in questo romanzo di Van Vogt il vero protagonista è il cosmo: avventure, viaggi, congiure, battaglie, tutto ha dimensioni sovrumane, tutto si svolge sullo sfondo smisurato e strabiliante dell'universo. E' la fantascienza epica al suo livello migliore, una saga del meraviglioso che dà al lettore il senso dell'inesauribile ricchezza dell'universo.
There are lots of neat gadgets. There is an interesting relationship between the House of Isher (the monarchy) and the Weapon Shops (sort of a check and balance).
There is a lot of good stuff in the book but it should have been more fleshed out.
It's old school sci-fi. It's not bogged down in technical details explaining how every little piece of technology works.
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