BooksOfTheMoon

Mission To The Stars

By A.E. van Vogt

Rating: 3 stars

In the Greater Magallenic Cloud, the people of the Fifty Suns have hidden themselves since their flight from Earth 15,000 years ago. Now a mighty battleship, the Star Cluster has come to find them and make them, by whatever means necessary, rejoin the Terran Empire.

This book follows themes that readers of van Vogt will be familiar with: that of the hidden group of supermen within a civilisation. While being no ‘Null-A’, the story is nonetheless interesting and kicks along at a decent pace. One thing that I liked about it was that no one group were the clear cut heroes and villains. While the protagonist was very much the hero, he had a foot in the camps of each of the groups and all of them were portrayed sympathetically and not so much as the story went on.

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ISBN: 9780425019733
Publisher: Berkley
Year of publication: 1952

Two Hundred Million A.D.

By A.E. van Vogt

Rating: 3 stars

I enjoyed this pulp story of a god brought into human form in the far future, who has to fight to regain his power from the evil goddess who seeks to overthrow him.

Van Vogt can tell a story well and this is an excellent example of it. From the early frustration of the protagonist being manipulated, while seeing why it seems to be the logical thing for him at the time to his gaining knowledge and then the final battle. Rip-roaring stuff.

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ISBN: 9780890833575
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (Mm)
Year of publication: 1943

Supermind

By A.E. van Vogt

Rating: 3 stars

I’m not sure what to make of this. It consisted of three almost independant short stories each building on the last about a threat to Earth and how it was dealt with by the “Great Galactics”, beings of enormous power, watching over the galaxy, and what happens when humans are accelerated along the evolutionary path.

As I say, I don’t really understand what happened, certainly not at the end, but it was enjoyable enough for most of it.

Book details

ISBN: 9780879972752
Publisher: DAW
Year of publication: 1977

Earth Factor X

By A.E. van Vogt

Rating: 2 stars

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.

Book details

ISBN: 9780879974121
Publisher: DAW
Year of publication: 1974

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