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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:27 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:16 pm
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Location: Uppsala, Sweden
I recently re-read A.E. van Vogt's 'The World of Null A,' and wrote an enthusiastic prequel to a post about some of its conceptual content. Since the heat here in Uppsala fuzzes my mind I put it on the IZ page instead of where it belongs, which is right here. So as an experiment by an ex-technophobe I'll attempt to cut-and-paste the thing and put the clone here. A well-chosen term, as I hope to show in the next post about this book. Well, here I go.

Less than two weeks ago I finished re-reading A.E. van Vogt's much maligned classic 'The World of Null A.' I first read it sometime between 1957 and 1960. I remember quite well how much it disappointed me. My re-reading showed that I should have been instructed and elated rather than turned off. The book employs ideas that are not as cranky as friends of mine claimed. Indeed, some of these ideas are cutting-edge science and others are now exactly similar to today's SF-tropes, when van Vogt's notions are dressed in the garbs of modern scientific and social ideas. I liked this discovery so much that I shall read the book yet again very soon, shall follow up on this by reading its sequel, shall keep on trucking by not reading the third, tiny, book (unreadable anyway), and shall report on all this as soon as possible.

Live and learn. Now I'll attempt to delete the original. (It was easy.)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:21 pm 

Joined: Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:11 pm
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Location: Cheshire, UK
A E Van Vogt: Null A, Weapon Shops, Space Beagle, Mixed Men, Rull, Slan... memories. It must be 50 years since he wrote any of his trademark stories.

Are any any of you younger (say under 35) readers aware of him and his work?

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