The World of Null-A

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Macmillan, Feb 24, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
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The classic novel of non-Aristotelian logic and the coming race of supermen

Grandmaster A. E. van Vogt was one of the giants of the 1940s, the Golden Age of classic SF. Of his masterpieces, The World of Null-A is his most famous and most influential. It was the first major trade SF hardcover ever, in 1949, and has been in print in various editions ever since. The entire careers of Philip K. Dick, Keith Laumer, Alfred Bester, Charles Harness, and Philip Jose Farmer were created or influenced by The World of Null-A, and so it is required reading for anyone who wishes to know the canon of SF classics.

It is the year 2650 and Earth has become a world of non-Aristotelianism, or Null-A. This is the story of Gilbert Gosseyn, who lives in that future world where the Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains, sets the course of people's lives. Gosseyn isn't even sure of his own identity, but realizes he has some remarkable abilities and sets out to use them to discover who has made him a pawn in an interstellar plot.

 

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User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

"Reader in your hands you hold one of the most controversial - and successful - novels in the whole of science fiction literature" claims Van Vogt in his introduction to the 1970 edition. His ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A bit of a disappointment to me...this book just does not seem to go anywhere. It strikes me as being a book that might actually make a better movie...(What a horrible thing to say on a book site, eh?). Read full review

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About the author (2010)

A. E. Van Vogt was a SFWA Grand Master. He was born in Canada and moved to the U.S. in 1944, by which time he was well-established as one of John W. Campbell's stable of writers for Astounding Science-Fiction. He lived in Los Angeles, California and died in 2000.

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