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  • "The Players of Null-A" (1948-49) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This major 76,000-word work, first published in the October-November-December 1948 and January 1949 issues of Astounding Science Fiction as The Players of Ā, is the direct sequel to his renowned 1945 opus The World of Null-A.
    It has all the key players of the first episode – the Null-A (...)

  • The Silkie Stories (1964-1967) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    THE SILKIE STORIES
    After more than a decade of absence from the science-fiction field in the fifties and early sixties, A. E. van Vogt started writing science fiction again in the sixties, after the not particularly successful publication of a mainstream political novel, The Violent Man, in (...)

  • "Rogue Ship" (1950) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This rousing space-opera extravaganza starts off with a bang when the very wealthy and scientifically-minded hero learns that the spaceship that he had built to ship a colony to the far-away Alpha Centauri star system six years ago – to escape a forthcoming nova-explosion of the sun which only (...)

  • "The Replicators" (1965) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    Steve Matlin is an particularly ornery, introverted, stubborn and combative farmer (and WW2 veteran) who comes across a very big and very strange alien monster on a back road near his farm, so as he was out on an (illegal) hunting expedition anyways, he shot the thing, of course.
    Well, the (...)

  • e-book Index

    by Ray

    The 93 e-books available for downloading on this site, all in both Kindle and ePub (iBook, iPad, Kobo, etc.) formats, are listed here in alphabetical order by author and title.
    Click on a title to access directly the e-books for that title. N° AUTHOR TITLE GENRE SECTION____ 1 Nelson Algren (...)

  • "The Ultra Man" (1966) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    On a large and very cosmopolitan United Nations space-station on the moon, a gifted psychologist is explaining to a colleague what people way down on the street below are thinking and saying just by studying the expressions on their faces through field-glasses, when all of a sudden he declares (...)

  • "The Star-Saint" (1951) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    A shipload of colonists is about to land on the far-away and beautiful planet of Ariel when their captain announces that they will be left there on their own – he has to rush off because time is money – to investigate just what happened to the previous 1000-strong colony there which has been (...)

  • The Most-Visited Articles on this site

    by Ray

    1. Articles the most visited year-to-date (January-August 2018)
    2. Articles the most visited cumulatively
    1. ARTICLES THE MOST VISITED YEAR-TO-DATE Rank __________________Title_________________ Visits Genre__ Author_____ Section_____ Date Posted Prev. Rank 1 The Complete Short Stories of (...)

  • The average number of meanings per word in German (and maybe English too)

    by Ray

    Based on a study of the evolving number of words in the successive editions of our German-English Literary Dictionary, we can safely venture to say that: for GERMAN
    there are about 2 meanings per word on average for the 10,000 or so most commonly-used words (such as those listed in the (...)