Monday, February 07, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: A. E. Van Vogt - Blue Tyson

A. E. Van Vogt was a popular and productive writer of science fiction, known for packing plenty into his stories, of which there are several dozen. This has been published in many collections, including the recent Baen selection Transgalactic.

His Voyage of the Space Beagle stories are the basis for the movie Alien, and you will find the menacing alien story Black Destroyer online, for one. Empire of the Atom has a mutant child trying to survive and bring order to an old-fashioned inhabited Solar System. The War against the Rull has an administrator trying to enable humans to get on top of their alien opponent in a space war.




Transgalactic : Empire of the Atom – A. E. Van Vogt
Empire Of the Atom : A Son is Born – A. E. Van Vogt
Empire Of the Atom : Child of the Gods – A. E. Van Vogt
Empire Of the Atom : Hand of the Gods – A. E. Van Vogt
Empire Of the Atom : Home of the Gods – A. E. Van Vogt
Empire Of the Atom : The Barbarian – A. E. Van Vogt
Transgalactic : The Wizard of Linn – A. E. Van Vogt
Transgalactic : Co-Operate—Or Else! – A. E. Van Vogt
Transgalactic : The Second Solution – A. E. Van Vogt
Transgalactic : The Mixed Men – A. E. Van Vogt

Voyage of the Space Beagle : Black Destroyer – A. E. van Vogt
Voyage of the Space Beagle : Discord in Scarlet – A. E. van Vogt
Voyage of the Space Beagle : War of Nerves – A. E. van Vogt
Voyage of the Space Beagle : M 33 in Andromeda – A. E. van Vogt

War Against the Rull : Repetition – A. E. van Vogt
War Against the Rull : Co-Operate—or Else! – A. E. van Vogt
War Against the Rull : The Second Solution – A. E. van Vogt
War Against the Rull : The Rull – A. E. van Vogt
War Against the Rull : The Green Forest – A. E. van Vogt
War Against the Rull : The Sound – A. E. van Vogt



Cooperate Or Else is a Rull story, where an uneasy bargain must be struck between human and alien to survive combat. Home of the Gods is a Linn story where a Venusian surprise awaits at an execution. Recruiting Station has a conflict both in space and time. The Rull has some one on one diplomacy by our hero.



Transgalactic

The Voyage of the Space Beagle

War Against the Rull


Cooperate or Else

Home of the Gods

Recruiting Station

The Rull


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