A. E. Van Vogt was born on April 26, 1912 in Manitoba, Canada. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1928. His first story sales were to true story confession magazines in the early 1930s while he was working as a census clerk and representative of Maclean Trade Papers. He wrote plays for Canadian radio and in 1939, he began submitting stories and serials to Astounding Science Fiction. He wrote more than 35 novels during his lifetime including Slan, The Weapon Shops of Isher, The World of Null-A, The Pawns of Null-A, The Weapons Makers, The Violent Man, The Silkie, The Battle of Forever, and The House That Stood Still. He died on January 26, 2000 at the age of 87.