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The Book of Van Vogt

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  12 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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Skjam!
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: van Vogt fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Discount bin
In 1972, DAW Books was a brand new publishing company started by noted speculative fiction editor Donald A. Wollheim. Its mission statement was to publish quality science fiction books that had not previously appeared in paperback. (As opposed to reprinting old books with a new title, as often happened in the paperback market.) For their fourth publication, Mr. Wollheim reached out to A.E. van Vogt for a collection of old and new stories, trusting to name recognition to sell the book. I mention ...more
Aaron Meyer
Jan 23, 2016 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
Leonid Martynyuk
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The most interesting stories are:

- The Timed Clock - it's a variation of "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells, but still funny and interesting, and has some twists. This story was never published in hardcover, it's sad.
5 stars

- The rat and the snake - very funny short story.
5 stars

- Ersatz Eternal - this story has a close idea to "Mars Is Heaven!" by Ray Bradbury and even to novel "Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem. But the final is reminded me about the movie "Inception" (2010 neo-noir science fiction
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Abe Something
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Three stars for the shorts being neat in their construction and for their ideas, which must have felt fresh and alive 60 years ago. This collection reads like how watching the Twilight Zone feels today, it’s classic, and fun, and you recognize it’s influence, but it’s rarely gripping and when it is, you can see the turn coming. This is no fault of Van Vogt’s, obviously, and I’m keen to give one of his novels a go, as he’s clearly got ideas and is capable of clean execution.
Daniel
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dated collection of mostly previously unpublished stories circa 1972. Mostly of interest to fans of Van Vogt.
Dan
May 31, 2011 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
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Scott Golden
Nov 25, 2014 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
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Robert Jenkins
Nov 03, 2015 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
Richard
Dec 30, 2012 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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Chinook
Aug 03, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 1-kindle
I only have Ersatz Eternal
Kimberlyluisi
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the stories about people, time travel and science. I hated the stories about space.
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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'
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